UAA/Career Record: 175-93, 9 years as head coach; 23 overall at UAA
Education: B.S., Education, Univ. of Texas, 1988;
M.A., Educational Administration, SW Texas State, ’90
After leading Alaska Anchorage to eight 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 164-77 (.680) over the past eight years, including victories over nine Division I teams and 12 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.
In 2007-08, Osborne earned the Great Northwest Athletic Conference 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, rising as high as No. 4 in the national poll and earning their first-ever No. 1 NCAA Tournament seed.
In five of the last seven 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 nine 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.