Shane Rinner returns to the Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball staff in 2018-19 as an assistant coach.
An Anchorage native, Rinner was the Seawolves’ assistant and associate head coach from 2003-09, helping UAA to a 113-67 record and four NCAA Tournaments – including a national semifinals finish in 2008 – during his six seasons.
In 2009, Rinner was hired as the head coach at fellow NCAA Div. II program Texas A&M International, where he coached for three seasons, leading the Dustdevils to their first Heartland Conference title. After serving as director of women’s basketball operations at Div. I Fresno State in 2012-13, he took over as men’s head coach at D-II Fresno Pacific for the following two seasons.
A former all-state prep player at Anchorage Christian School, Rinner has previous coaching experience at the NCAA Division I, NAIA, junior college and professional levels.
From 1994-96, he coached at his alma mater, NAIA Biola (Calif.) University, and returned there for a second stint from 2000-02. From 1996-98, he worked at Division I Liberty University in Virginia, before moving on to Marshalltown (Iowa) Junior College in 1998-99. In 1999-2000, he was the head coach for the Glostrup Giants in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Rinner played two seasons at Biola, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1996. He also played two seasons at Southwestern (Calif.) Junior College.
He and his wife Amanda are the proud parents of four children.