Jun 30, 2010

WBSK: Bruins’ Rueck Named New Head Coach of Oregon State Women’s Basketball Team

A Winning Tradition

  • NCAA D-III National Champions (2009)
  • Three NCAA "Final Four" appearances (2009, 2012, 2015)
  • Six NCAA "Elite 8" appearances (2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015)
  • Nine NCAA "Sweet 16" appearances (2000, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016)
  • 14 NCAA National Tournament appearances in 18 years (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • 12 Northwest Conference Championships (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018)
  • 25 straight winning seasons (1994-2018)
  • 14 Top 25 national rankings (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Three NCAA Division III National Coaches of the Year
  • Six NCAA Division III Region Coaches of the Year
  • 11 Conference Coaches of the Year
  • 20 All-Americans
  • One Academic All-American
  • Three Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year Finalists (Justine Benner - 2015, Keisha Gordon - 2012, Katy Campbell - 2008)
  • One Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year Winner (Kristen Shielee - 2009)
  • One George Fox Pasero Team of the Year (2009)
  • One Slats Gill Sportsperson of the Year Award (Scott Rueck - 2009 finalist)

NEWBERG, Ore. - Scott Rueck, who directed the George Fox University women’s basketball team to a 288-88 record in 14 seasons, a .766 winning percentage, and the NCAA Division III national championship in 2008-09, has been named the women’s basketball head coach at his alma mater, Oregon State University.

Rueck becomes the fifth coach in the history of the Oregon State women’s program, following LaVonda Wagner.  He is also the third George Fox coach to join the athletics staff at OSU, following head baseball coach Pat Casey, who coached the Bruins from 1988-94, and assistant baseball coach Pat Bailey, who guided the George Fox nine from 1996-2007.

“It’s bittersweet; I’m excited for Scott’s opportunity to coach at the Division I level, but given what he has accomplished here, he’s not replaceable,” said George Fox director of athletics Craig Taylor, “I hired him as a rookie with very limited college coaching experience, and a lot of people wondered why, but there was something about him that gave me the sense that this guy would turn out to be special.  To watch him on his journey and development into one of the best coaches in the country has been rewarding to me.  But as good a coach as he is with the X’s and O’s, he is even better at teaching things that are more important than basketball; to him, the game is secondary to the life of the student-athlete.”

In regard to the Bruins’ search for a new head coach, Taylor said, “My job now is to very quickly find some who can continue the successful legacy Scott has established within the context of who we are as a university."

During Rueck’s tenure, George Fox won or shared seven Northwest Conference championships (1999-2000, 2000-01, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, and 2009-10), and he was named NWC Coach of the Year each time.  The Bruins appeared in the NCAA National Tournament each of those seasons and went 15-6, reaching the “Sweet 16” five times, the “Elite 8” three times, and the “Final Four” once.  George Fox was ranked in the final top 25 seven times in the past 11 years.   Bruin players under Rueck earned four NAIA All-America, four NCAA All-America, and 37 All-Northwest Conference awards.

This past season, the Bruins posted their 17th consecutive winning season with a final record of 28-3, and were ranked No. 4 in the final D3hoopscom national poll, No. 8 in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association poll, and No. 1 in the West Region.  The Bruins opened the season with four straight wins, stretching their record winning streak to 36, lost twice, then reeled off 24 more wins in a row before that streak was halted in the “Elite 8” round of the NCAA National Tournament by eventual national champion Washington-St. Louis on the Bears’ home court.  En route, the Bruins became the first team in NWC history to earn back-to-back perfect conference records, going 16-0 in both ’09 and ’10, won their second straight NWC Tournament, and posted three NCAA Tournament wins before the season ended.  Rueck was named West Region Coach of the Year for the third season in a row by D3hoops.com.

The 2008-09 season under Rueck was the finest in George Fox history. Coming off a 25-5 season in which the Bruins had set a new school record for wins and reached the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Tournament, the ’08-09 team had lost seven seniors, including all five starters, and had only four returning letterwinners and 10 freshmen on the roster.  Picked to finish fifth in the conference, the Bruins instead stunned the basketball world with a 32-0 record, won the NCAA National Championship with a 60-53 win over Washington-St. Louis, perhaps the most storied program in D-III women’s hoops, finished with No. 1 rankings in both polls, and rewrote the George Fox record books.  Rueck was named National Coach of the Year and West Region Coach of the Year by both the WBCA and D3hoops.com.

As a member of the WBCA, Rueck served as the West Region rater for the coaches’ poll for two seasons.  He has run the Bruin Basketball Academy for 10 summers, and has been a site director for the NRC Camps held each summer at George Fox for the last five years.  In addition to his coaching duties, he has taught courses in the university’s department of health and human performance.

Rueck, 40, has 21 years of coaching experience. While still a student at Oregon State, he began his coaching career as an assistant boys’ basketball coach at Santiam Christian High School in Corvallis (1989-93).   From 1993-95, he served as a women’s basketball assistant under George Fox head coach Sherri Murrell, during which the Bruins went 37-23 and made two NAIA post-season appearances. In 1995-96, he coached the Bruin women’s tennis team.  When Murrell left after the 1995-96 season, he was named interim head coach for a year, and became permanent head coach the following year.

A graduate of Glencoe High School in Hillsboro, Ore., Rueck comes from a basketball family. His sister, 1995 George Fox graduate Heidi Rueck, set the school’s career, season, and single-game assist records as an NAIA All-American point guard and was voted into the George Fox Sport Hall of Fame in 2005. His father, Marv Rueck, was a long-time member of the basketball coaching staffs at Hillsboro Union and Glencoe High Schools, including a season as head coach when Glencoe opened in 1980.

Rueck earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science in 1991 and a master of arts degree in physical education teaching in 1992, both from Oregon State. He is married to the former Kerry Aillaud, who played basketball for George Fox from 1993-95 and served as the Bruins’ assistant coach from 1998-2006.  The Ruecks have one son, Cole Michael, age 6, and one daughter, Kate Makena, age 3.

Oregon State Press Release