Shaw joins Romar's Staff

SEATTLE -- Jim Shaw, who served the past five years at Oklahoma, was hired as an assistant on the University of Washington men¹s basketball staff, coach Lorenzo Romar announced Monday.

Shaw is leaving his assistant coaching position on Kelvin Sampson's Oklahoma staff.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Jim Shaw join our staff. He is one of the hardest working coaches in America and his track record reflects that," Romar said. "He was part of a staff that recruited a Final Four team at Oklahoma. He has been an NCAA participant at most of his jobs. His history in the Northwest, growing up here and having success coaching at Portland and other schools, should help us continue to build our program."

"As an assistant coach, I have a simple philosophy," Shaw told Dawgman.com Monday. "My job is three-fold; to make the head coach look good, to make the head coach's job easier and make the program better. That's what I hope to do at Washington."

Shaw previously worked in the Pac-10 at Oregon State during the 1990 and 1991 seasons. He helped guide the Beavers to the 1990 Pac-10 championship and their last NCAA Tournament appearance.

Shaw worked under Romar at Saint Louis where he served one-half year as an assistant coach before joining Oklahoma.

Shaw was an assistant coach at Portland for five seasons from 1995-1999. He helped the Pilots to a pair of 20-win seasons and a 1996 NCAA Tournament berth, the school¹s first since 1959.

"I'm 41 years old and my goal is to be a head coach," Shaw said. "Preferably I'd like to be a coach on the western side of the United States. And coming home is going to be a plus.

"But besides that, all my family and my wife's family are all in the Northwest. As you get older, family becomes more important, and I've seen them a total of about two weeks the past five years. It's not like I need to see them every day, but moving back is going to be a real positive for me and my family."

A native of Chimacum High School, Shaw was an all-state performer in both basketball and football. He played hoops at Western Oregon State College, receiving his bachelor's of science degree in 1985 and later earned a master¹s from Idaho State in 1986.

Shaw replaces Russ Schoene who departed recently to concentrate on his business interests.

So what will Jim do when he gets to Montlake for the first time Tuesday? "Well, to be honest I'm really just interested in getting to know the players in the program as best I can," he said. "I know it sounds corny, but the most important thing for us is those guys. As a coach, they are your life."

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