UAA/Career Record: 229-130, 12 years as head coach; 25 overall at UAA
Education: B.S., Education, Univ. of Texas, 1988;
M.A., Educational Administration, SW Texas State, ’90
After leading Alaska Anchorage to 11 straight winning seasons — including five NCAA Tournament appearances — Rusty Osborne has clearly established himself among the top coaches in both Division II basketball and school history.
Under Osborne’s leadership, UAA has gone 218-114 (.657) over the past 11 years, including victories over 10 Division I teams and 14 nationally ranked D-II teams.
In 2011-12, Osborne piloted the Seawolves to a 23-7 record — the second-best winning percentage (.767) in program history — and their second straight NCAA 2nd Round appearance. In fact, UAA is 6-3 in NCAA play in its last three appearances, with two of those losses coming to the eventual national runner-up. The 2011-12 campaign was Osborne’s third with 23 or more victories as UAA produced the Div. II Bulletin National Player of the Year and GNAC POY in senior center Taylor Rohde.
During his head coaching tenure, Osborne’s squads have also produced four All-Americans, three CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-Americans, nine All-West Region performers and 20 All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference first- or second-team honorees, while 17 Seawolves have gone on to play professionally.
In 2007-08, Osborne earned the GNAC Coach of the Year award as UAA posted the best record in school history (29-6), won its first GNAC title, and advanced to the Div. II Final Four for the first time in 20 years. The Seawolves produced a pair of All-Americans -- including GNAC Player of the Year Luke Cooper -- and rose as high as No. 4 in the national poll, earning their first-ever No. 1 NCAA Tournament seed.
In seven of the last nine campaigns, Osborne’s teams have finished in the top 10 of the NCAA Div. II national stats in either three-point or free-throw percentage, including 2008-09 when UAA was 2nd nationally from the charity stripe and 7th from long range. Osborne’s teams have also gained a reputation for defense, leading the GNAC in points allowed in five of his 12 seasons.
From 1991-2004, Osborne spent 13 seasons as an assistant with the Seawolves, including 11 years as Charlie Bruns' chief assistant. The Houston, Texas, native joined the UAA staff after serving under former Seawolf coach Harry Larrabee three seasons (1988-91) at Div. I Southwest Texas State.
The Seawolves have won 64 percent of their games with Osborne on the staff, claiming four conference titles and nine trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
As an assistant, he was responsible for the recruitment of five All-Americans, 12 All-West Region players, 28 all-conference performers and five league Players of the Year. In addition, 17 of his players have gone on to the professional ranks in the United States and abroad, including recent stars such as Kemmy Burgess, Luke Cooper and Taylor Rohde.
Since coming to UAA, he has been involved in organizing Seawolf Outreach games in Barrow, Kotzebue, Kenai and Fort Richardson. He is also the director of the Sullivan Arena Jumpshot Basketball Camp, and has put on many clinics in rural Alaska.
Before making the move to the collegiate ranks, Osborne worked for one year at the prep level as an assistant coach at Hyde Park Baptist in Austin, Texas, helping the team to a 36-8 finish and a state title.
Osborne prepped at Alief-Elsik High in Houston, where he was a two-time all-district selection and senior captain. Collegiately, he lettered his freshman season at Mary Hardin-Baylor in Texas, and redshirted at Eastern New Mexico.
Osborne graduated from the University of Texas in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in education and received his master's degree in educational administration two years later from Southwest Texas.
He and his wife Staci, an Anchorage native, are the parents of five children — sons Sagan, Austin and Kylan, and daughters J.J. and Kadyn.
|Alma Mater:||Texas, '88|