Utah State women's basketball: ORU's Finkbeiner tabbed as USU coach

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Published: Friday, April 27 2012 9:57 p.m. MDT

Jerry Finkbeiner

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LOGAN — Jerry Finkbeiner has been named Utah State head women's basketball coach, becoming the eighth head coach in 23 years of Aggie women's basketball.

"We are extremely excited to have Jerry Finkbeiner join Utah State University and be our next head women's basketball coach," said Scott Barnes, Utah State athletics director. "He is a skilled leader, and his coaching philosophy aligns very well with our core values and mission. The success of Jerry's teams both on and off the court during his illustrious career demonstrates his attention to detail, and we are convinced that he will continue to build upon the high level of achievement we have seen with our women's program over the past few years. Plus, his up-tempo style of play will be fun for our student-athletes and fans."

Finkbeiner is the second male coach in Utah State history along with Bob Corbin who was the Aggies' coach from 1984-86. Finkbeiner is only the second USU coach since the re-instatement of the program in 2003 when Raegan Pebley took over. Pebley has since taken the head coaching position at Fresno State.

Finkbeiner is taking over a Utah State program that had its first 20-win season in 2011-12, finishing with a 21-10 record and advanced to Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) for the second-straight season. USU returns nine players from last season's roster, including guard Devyn Christensen who earned first-team all-Western Athletic Conference and WBCA all-region honors. Guards Jenna Johnson, Jennifer Schott and Elise Nelson will also be back in the Aggie lineup next season.

Finkbeiner comes to Utah State from Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla., where he spent 16 years as head coach. During his tenure at ORU, the Golden Eagles averaged 17 wins per season and advanced to postseason play eight times during the past 13 years with five trips to the NCAA tournament and three appearances in the Women's National Invitational Tournament. Prior to Finbeiner's arrival, ORU had never played in an NCAA tournament game.

Overall, Finkbeiner has a 454-232 (.662) record in 22 years as a collegiate head coach at Oral Roberts (1996-2012) and Southern Nazarene (1991-96). He also ranks 32nd in the nation among active coaches with his 454 career wins, while his 66.2 percent winning percentage ranks 38th nationally all-time.

"I was very impressed with the team spirit amongst the administration and the athletic department. Everyone seemed to be on the same page. There was a lot of spirit for the university and support for each other. I was very impressed with that. The other thing that stood out to me was some of the traditions of Utah State such as the White and Blue A; things that go with and establish the university that are closely tied with athletics. So, I am really looking forward to going to the next step and living the life of an Aggie," Finkbeiner said.

Finkbeiner's Coaching History

2012 - Utah State Women's Basketball Head Coach

1996-2012 - Oral Roberts Women's Head Coach

1991-96 - Southern Nazerene Women's Head Coach

1986-88 - Nampa (Idaho) High School Girls' Head Coach

1985-86 - Northwest Nazarene Women's Head Coach

1984-85 - Northwest Nazarene Men's Assistant Coach

1983-84 - Northwest Missouri State University Men's Graduate Assistant

1980-83 - Melba (Idaho) HIgh School Boys Head Coach

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