CORVALLIS, Ore. – Hillsboro native Scott Rueck has been named the new women's basketball coach at Oregon State University, Beavers Athletics Director Bob De Carolis announced Wednesday.
Rueck, who also graduated from OSU, accepted the coaching job at Oregon State after he spent the past 14 seasons as the head women’s basketball coach at George Fox University in Newberg where he compiled a career 288-88 (.766) record. During his tenure, the Bruins never had a losing season and won the Division III National Championship in 2009 with a 32-0 record. Rueck has led his squads to five “Sweet 16” appearances, three “Elite 8” contests, six NCAA Division III Tournament appearances and seven Northwest Conference Championships.
“Coach Rueck brings an impressive set of credentials to the position, including a NCAA national championship,” De Carolis said. “As a native Oregonian and Beaver alumnus, he has an extensive network of relationships that have been built over the years. He has earned the respect of the basketball community in the Northwest through hard work and integrity and we look forward to him leading our program.”
Rueck replaces LaVonda Wagner, who was fired June 1 after five dismal seasons when she finished with a combined 68-85 record. Wagner was known for her aggressive coaching style, which ultimately led to the heavy majority of the team's players leaving the program.
During his time as head coach, Rueck has coached four NAIA All-Americans, four NCAA All-Americans and 33 All-Northwest Conference honorees. Individually, he has been named the NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year (2009), three-time NCAA Division III West Region Coach of the Year (2008, 2009, 2010) and six-time Northwest Conference Coach of the Year (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010).
George Fox finished last season with a 28-3 overall record and a perfect 16-0 Northwest Conference mark. The Bruins advanced to the NCAA Division III Sectional Final but came up short against Washington-St. Louis to end their tournament run. The undefeated conference performance is only the third time in league history that a team had accomplished that feat, the second being during George Fox’s 2008-09 season.
During the 2008-09 seasons, the Bruins had lost all five starters from the previous “Sweet 16” season and were picked to finish fifth in the conference. But with its four returning letterwinners and 10 freshmen, Rueck led the team to a school record 32-0 season to win the national championship and finish the season with the top spot in the rankings in both the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and D3hoops.com polls.
The Bruins set more records in that magical season under his care. The team won the Northwest Conference with its 16-0 record, leading the conference by five games – the largest margin ever for the title team.
In just his fourth season at the helm during the 1999-00 campaign, Rueck led the Bruins to their first NCAA Division III Tournament, finishing 23-5 overall and advancing to the “Sweet 16” with a No. 19 national ranking. The next season built on the previous year’s success with the team finishing 15-1 in conference play to capture its first league title with a 23-3 overall record. The Bruins were ranked as the top team in the country for two weeks straight, finishing the season No. 11.
George Fox made its next tournament appearance during the 2004-05 campaign, advancing further than any team in school history to the “Elite 8.” The Bruins finished the season with a 22-6 overall record and were ranked as high as 10th in the polls as the season concluded.
In 2007-08, Rueck’s defense gained national attention as it was the national leader, allowing only 45.4 points per game. That squad finished 25-5 overall, reaching the round of 16 for the third time and finishing as high as 15th in the polls.
Rueck got his start coaching while an undergrad at Oregon State. He served as assistant coach at Santiam Christian High School for the boy’s basketball team from 1989-93. He then became the women’s basketball assistant coach at George Fox under former head coach Sherri Murrell, helping the Bruins to a 37-23 overall record and two NAIA postseason appearances. Additionally, he coached the women’s tennis team in 1995-96.
Basketball runs in the Rueck family. His sister, Heidi, was an NAIA All-American point guard at George Fox, setting the school records in career, single season and single-game assists and eventually being voted into the school’s Sport Hall of Fame in 2005. His father, Marv, was a part of the coaching staffs at Hillsboro and Glencoe High Schools, including being the inaugural head coach at Glencoe when it opened in 1980.
Rueck earned a Bachelor’s in exercise and sport science from Oregon State in 1991, while adding a Master’s in physical education in 1992. He is married to the former Kerry Aillaud, and the couple has two children, Cole (7) and Kate (4). Kerry played basketball for George Fox from 1993-95, while serving as assistant coach for the program from 1998-06.
Events will be held July 1, to announce Rueck as the next head coach of the women’s basketball program beginning with a press conference at 2 p.m. in the Reser Club.
A meet and greet is also scheduled at 6 p.m. in the Reser Loge. The public is invited to both events.
Scott Rueck's Coaching Record (1996-2009)
Year School Overall Pct. Conf. Pct. Team Honors
1996-97 George Fox 15-10 .600 11-5 .688
1997-98 George Fox 16-9 .640 13-5 .722
1998-99 George Fox 18-6 .750 14-4 .778
1999-00 George Fox 23-5 .821 14-2 .825 (1st T) #19 ranking; NCAA "Sweet 16" (2-1)
2000-01 George Fox 23-3 .885 15-1 .885 (1st) #11 ranking; NCAA (0-1)
2001-02 George Fox 20-6 .769 11-5 .688 (3rd)
2002-03 George Fox 15-10 .600 10-6 .625 (4th)
2003-04 George Fox 13-12 .520 7-9 .438 (5th)
2004-05 George Fox 22-6 .786 14-2 .825 (1st) #10 (WBCA), #12 (D3hoops); NCAA "Elite 8" (2-1)
2005-06 George Fox 19-6 .760 10-6 .625 (3rd)
2006-07 George Fox 19-7 .731 13-3 .813 (1st T) #25 (WBCA, D3hoops); NCAA (1-1)
2007-08 George Fox 25-5 .833 14-2 .875 (1st T) #15 (D3hoops), #16 (WBCA); NCAA "Sweet 16" (2-1)
2008-09 George Fox 32-0 1.000 16-0 1.000 (1st) #1 (WBCA, D3hoops); NCAA National Champions (5-0)
GFU Totals (13 yrs) 260-85 .754 162-50 .764
1999-00 - Northwest Conference Coach of the Year
2000-01 - Northwest Conference Co-Coach of the Year
2004-05 - Northwest Conference Coach of the Year
2006-07 - Northwest Conference Coach of the Year
2007-08 - Northwest Conference Coach of the Year; NCAA Division III West Region Coach of the Year (D3hoops)
2008-09 - Northwest Conference Coach of the Year; NCAA Division III West Region Coach of the Year (WBCA, D3hoops); NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year (WBCA, D3hoops)