MBB: Islanders hire Shaw away from Tarleton

Courtesy: GoIslanders.com

A native of San Antonio, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men’s basketball program tabbed Jim Shaw as Assistant Coach, announced by Head Coach Steve Lutz.

Shaw comes to A&M-Corpus Christi after most recently serving in the same capacity at Tarleton State.

“I’m excited to have Jim on board here at A&M-Corpus Christi. I have known him for years and he’s dedicated to student-athletes and a man of high character. Jim is from the state of Texas and brings a wealth of knowledge to the program. He’s very skilled from both a tactical and development standpoint, and will be a tremendous leader and role model for our student-athletes,” Lutz said.

Shaw spent the 2020-21 campaign at Tarleton in the program’s very first season at the Division I level. He previously served at Texas State for seven seasons, including the last six as Assistant Coach.

In total, Shaw brings 17 years of Division I experience to The Island, with other stops at Texas Tech, Nebraska and UTEP.

“I am very excited to join Coach Lutz’s staff at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. Coach Lutz has a vision and plan to build a consistent winner in Corpus Christi by developing student-athletes on and off the court. I am grateful for the opportunity to help Coach Lutz and Islanders Athletics bring championships to this wonderful community and beautiful campus,” Shaw said.

While at Texas State, Shaw helped guide the Bobcats to one of the top turnarounds in program history when the Bobcats improved from eight wins in 2013-14 to 14 victories in 2014-15. Since then, the success continued to trend upwardly as Shaw helped the Bobcats win 82 games in his last four years, marking the sixth most wins among NCAA Division I programs in Texas (23).

He arrived Texas State after serving one season as Director of Operations at Texas Tech. In his lone season, the Red Raiders won their first Big 12 Tournament game since 2010, and tripled their conference win total from the season before.

Prior to Texas Tech, Shaw spent six years as Video Coordinator at Nebraska, where he oversaw all aspects of the video operations, including video exchange, taping workouts and games, breaking down video and organizing the video library.

He also helped coordinate Nebraska’s player appearances in the community and assists with the Huskers’ team efforts in NU’s Life Skills Team Award challenge. During the offseason, he played an integral role with the Doc Sadler Basketball Camps by assisting with all phases of camp planning and supervision.

While with the Huskers, Shaw helped three squads to postseason play. In 2008-09, the Huskers earned an 18-13 record and a berth in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). It was the second straight year that culminated with a postseason NIT appearance for the Huskers and included a .500 finish (8-8) in Big 12 Conference play, both firsts in a decade for the program. Previously, Shaw helped Sadler guide UTEP to an NCAA berth in 2004 and an appearance in the 2005 NIT.

Shaw joined the Nebraska staff after serving as a graduate assistant at UTEP. Shaw handled all duties surrounding the Miners’ video system during his three years in El Paso, and was heavily involved with directing camps and clinics, including serving as director for the Doc Sadler Basketball Camps each of his last two years. He also has significant experience assisting with recruiting efforts and all areas of player development.

Shaw earned his undergraduate degree in economics at Grinnell (Iowa) College in 2003. He added a master’s degree in business administration from UTEP in 2005.

Shaw was a four-year letter winner at Grinnell, helping the Pioneers to four straight Division III national scoring titles, including an all-division scoring record of 124.9 points per game in 2002-03. He led Grinnell to a league title as a sophomore and senior, and in 2001, paced the conference in made three-pointers while pushing the Pioneers to the NCAA Tournament.