July 25, 2012 By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State head women's basketball coach Raegan Pebley announced Thursday that former Texas A&M International University head coach Shane Rinner has been hired as the Bulldogs' new director of operations.
"It was important that we found someone who was prepared for the responsibilities of this position as well as someone who had the genuine desire to serve Fresno and Fresno State," Pebley said. "This position tends to be one of the unsung heroes of a program. He will be heavily involved with behind the scenes responsibilities and with our community service goals.
"Shane brings a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge to our staff. What many will come to know about Shane is that he is enthusiastic about using basketball as an opportunity to help student-athletes become their best selves."
Rinner spent the past three seasons as TAMIU's head men's basketball coach where he posted an overall record of 54-33 with a 28-15 mark in conference play. He led the Dustdevils to back-to-back Heartland Conference Championships over the last two seasons, which led to TAMIU's first-ever NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in 2011.
"It's a privilege for me to be joining coach Pebley's staff and to be at Fresno State," Rinner said. "Obviously, the Bulldogs have been very successful and I think the future is very bright moving forward, so I'm just excited to get started and to be here."
Rinner's 2011-12 team went 21-7 overall and 11-3 in Heartland Conference play, paving way for the Dustdevils first-ever opportunity to host the Heartland Conference Tournament.
He was the 2011-12 Heartland Conference Coach of the Year and he led Evan Matteson to Heartland Player of the Year accolades. Those are the first coach of the year and player of the year accolades in the history of the TAMIU program.
In his second season at TAMIU (2010-11), Rinner's squad went 21-10, won the Heartland Conference championship and reached the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in school history. In addition, the Dustdevils received the Heartland Conference Scholastic Award for the 2010-11 season after compiling a 3.10 team GPA.
Prior to his arrival at TAMIU, Rinner coached at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, one of the premier NCAA Division II programs in the nation. At UAA, he helped lead the Seawolves to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a run to the 2008 Final Four in Springfield, Mass. In 2007-08 UAA posted the best record in school history (29-6), won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title, had a consecutive win streak of 18 games and earned its first number one NCAA Tournament seed in school history.
In 1999-00, he was the head coach for the Glostrup Giants in Copenhagen, Denmark. Before that, Rinner coached at Marshalltown (Iowa) Junior College in 1998-99 and for Division I Liberty University in Virginia from 1996-98.
As a player, Rinner played two seasons at Southwestern Junior College before going on to play two years for NAIA Biola University in La Mirada, Calif. From 1994-96, he coached at his alma mater and returned there for a second stint from 2000-02.
Rinner's wife, the former Amanda Seibert, played volleyball at Fresno State in the late 90's and early 00's.
"We're kind of a Bulldog family and are really excited to be back in the Valley and at Fresno State," Rinner said.
A native of Alaska, Rinner holds a bachelor's degree in physical education from Biola University. He and his wife have two children, daughter Tagan, and son, Merik.
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