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GENERAL INFORMATION Name: University of Alaska Anchorage Website: Address: 3211 Providence Dr. Anchorage, AK 99508 Founded: 1977 Enrollment: 19,486 Nickname: Seawolves Colors: Green & Gold Website: Home Court: Wells Fargo Sports Complex Opened: 1977 Capacity: 1,250 Affiliation: NCAA Division II Conference: Great Northwest Athletic Conference Chancellor: Fran Ulmer Athletics Director: Dr. Steve Cobb Athletic Dept. Phone: 907-786-1250 BASKETBALL STAFF Head Coach: Rusty Osborne (Texas, ’88) UAA/Career Record: 78-43, 5th season Office: 907-786-1042 Email: Fax: 907-786-1142 Associate Head Coach: Shane Rinner (Biola, ’94) Office: 907-786-4808 Email: Assistant Coach: Bryan Weakley (Biola, ’02) Office: 907-786-1286 Email: Volunteer Assistant Coach: Krehg Perez Office: 907-786-1562 Sports Information: Nate Sagan Office: 907-786-1295 Email: SID Fax: 907-563-4565 HISTORY First year of basketball: 1977-78 All-time record: 554-341 (.624) NCAA Appearances: 14 (Last: 2008) NCAA Div. II Final Fours: 2 (1988, 2008) TEAM INFORMATION 2007-08 Record: 29-6 2007-08 GNAC Record: 16-2 (1st) 2008 Postseason: NCAA Semifinals Letterwinners Returning (4) NO PLAYER Pos Ht Yr PPG RPG Other 25 Jeremiah Trueman C 6-9 Sr. 5.5 2.8 62% FG 1 Kevin White G 6-4 So. 3.7 1.9 43% 3FG 3 Lonnie Ridgeway G 6-3 So. 2.3 1.3 9.1 mpg 32 Colin Voreis C 6-7 So. 0.7 0.9 16 GP Photos © Michael Dinneen Photography unless otherwise noted

SEAWOLF BASKETBALL A Championship Program Coming off perhaps the most successful season in school history, the Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball program has established itself as one of the top programs in NCAA Division II basketball. Over the years, UAA has become synonymous with • 14 NCAA Tournaments success – 24 winning seasons, 14 • 1988 NCAA Runner-Up NCAA Tournaments, and 45 victories • 2008 NCAA Semifinalist over Division I teams. • 11 All-Americans Last year’s Seawolves went 29-6, • 24 winning seasons in 31 years won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference with an all-time league-best Sophomore guard mark of 16-2, and advanced to the NCAA and Anchorage native Lonnie Ridgeway is Semifinals in Springfield, Mass. The among the most athletic Seawolves also produced a pair of Allplayers in the Great Americans and broke 30 school records Northwest Athletic Conference. in the process. Although head coach Rusty Osborne and his staff face the challenge of replacing all five starters from that squad, this year’s squad should still be in contention for the program’s fourth straight NCAA Tournament bid. In their 31 seasons, the Seawolves have won at a 69 percent clip against Division II opponents, while also posting victories over such D-I powers as Wake Forest, Michigan (in its NCAA title season), Texas and Washington. Since 1984, UAA has ­produced 11 All-Americans and advanced as far as the 1988 NCAA Division II title game. And when the Seawolves take the court, Anchorage’s fans take notice, filling the 8,700-seat Sullivan Arena every Thanksgiving for the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, and packing the 1,250-seat Wells Fargo Sports Complex for regular-season games.

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1 Kevin White G 6-4 2 Chris Neal G/F 6-5 3 Lonnie Ridgeway G 6-3 14 Steve White G 6-0 21 Darren Nye G 6-1 22 Brandon Walker G 6-3 24 Kenny Barker G 6-3 25 Jeremiah Trueman C 6-9 30 Kyle Doerr F 6-7 32 Colin Voreis F 6-7 42 Grant Niver G 6-4 44 Casey Robinson F 6-6 RS Jamel Hall G 5-6 *utilized redshirt season

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So. 1V* Jr. TR So. 1V* Fr. HS Jr. TR So. TR Sr. TR* Sr. 1V Fr. RS* So. 1V Fr. HS Jr. TR So. HS

Manly, Australia (Scots College/San Diego Christian) Sydney, Australia (Westfields Sports HS/S.D. Christian) Anchorage (Heritage Christian HS) Manly, Australia (Scots College) Corning, Calif. (CHS/College of the Redwoods) Hayward, Calif. (Bishop O’Dowd HS/LMU) San Diego, Calif. (Clairemont HS/Alaska Fairbanks) Stratford, New Zealand (Nelson College/S.D. Christian) Rapid City, S.D. (St. Thomas More HS) Vermilion, Ohio (VHS) Wasilla (Colony HS) Manila, Utah (MHS/Eastern Wyoming College) Anchorage (East HS)

Seniors & Returning Players Kenny Barker - Sr.

Jeremiah Trueman - Sr.

NOVEMBER 7-9 at Disney’s West Coast Tip-Off Classic% 7 vs Southwest Minnesota State 11 am 8 vs Fort Lewis 6:30 pm 9 vs Humboldt State 12:30 pm

Colin Voreis - So.


• Team’s top ‘6th Man’ as junior • 5.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg • 61.8 FG% 4th-best ever at UAA • International experience with New Zealand Jr. Nat’l Team

• Preseason honorable mention All-American (Street & Smith’s) • 2006-07 2nd Team All-GNAC at Alaska Fairbanks • 16.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg as junior

Lonnie Ridgeway - So.

• 16 games played as true frosh for ‘Final 4’ sqauad • Recovered from torn ACL in Feb. • First career FG vs Texas Tech

• 2.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg in 31 games for UAA ‘Final 4’ squad as freshman • 2006-07 redshirt • 2006 3A State Player of Year

Kevin White - So.

• 3.7 ppg, .427 3FG in ‘07-08 • Twice scored double-digits • Made 6 of 7 FG in UAA’s West Region Tourney title run

• 2007-08 Redshirt • South Dakota 1st-Team All-State as senior (14.7 ppg, 11.5 rpg)

Senior center Jeremiah Trueman helped the Seawolves finish among the national leaders in several shooting percentage and defensive categories in 2007-08.

Seawolf Newcomers

Grant Niver

Darren Nye

DECEMBER 12-13 at Glacier Classic (Fairbanks) 12 vs Virginia State 13 vs St. Thomas (Fla.) 16 SAINT LEO 17 SAINT LEO

Kyle Doerr - Fr.

Chris Neal

2008-09 Schedule

Casey Robinson

Brandon Walker

Steve White

2008-09 Alaska Anchorage Seawolf Men’s Basketball Team Standing (left-to-right): Grant Niver, Chris Neal, Jeremiah Trueman, Colin Voreis, Kyle Doerr, Casey Robinson. Sitting (l-r): Darren Nye, Brandon Walker, Lonnie Ridgeway, Kenny Barker, Steve White, Kevin White, Jamel Hall.

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JANUARY 2 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 3 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 8 NORTHWEST NAZARENE* 10 CENTRAL WASHINGTON* 14 at Alaska Fairbanks* 22 at Western Oregon* 24 at Saint Martin’s* 28 at Montana State Billings* 31 ALASKA FAIRBANKS*

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FEBRUARY 5 WESTERN WASHINGTON* 7 SEATTLE PACIFIC* 12 MONTANA STATE BILLINGS* 19 at Seattle Pacific* 21 at Western Washington* 26 at Central Washington* 28 at Northwest Nazarene*

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assistant Coach

Education: B.S., Education, University of Texas, 1988; M.A., Educational Admin. SW Texas State, 1990 Phone: 907-786-1042 Email:

Education: B.S., Physical Education, Biola, 2002 Phone: 907-786-1286 Email:

Bryan Weakley

Rusty Osborne

Bryan Weakley enters his fifth season as an

After leading UAA to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances – including a run to the 2008 Final Four – 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 67-27 over the past three seasons, including victories over NCAA I power Southern Illinois and eight top-25 Div. II teams. In 2007-08, Osborned earned the GNAC 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 NCAA Semifinals for the first time in 20 years. The Seawolves also produced a pair of AllAmericans as they rose as high as No. 4 in the national polls and earned their first-ever No. 1 NCAA Tourney seed. In the last three campaigns, Osborne’s teams have finished among the top 10 in the NCAA Div. II national stats in both threepoint and free-throw percentage. Last year UAA was 4th nationally in scoring defense, 5th in fewest turnovers and 10th in winning percentage. From 1991-2004, Osborne spent 13 seasons as an assistant at UAA, including 11 years as the top assistant. In that time, the Seawolves won more than 70 percent of their games against non-Division I competition and made five trips to the NCAAs. 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, 16 of his players have gone on to play professional basketball in the U.S. and abroad. During his tenure, players who completed their eligibility at UAA have a graduation rate of over 85 ­percent and have earned numerous academic honors. Osborne and his wife Staci are the parents of five children – sons Sagan, Austin and Kylan, and daughters Jalyn and Kadyn.

The Seawolves’ veteran coaching staff has helped the program re-establish itself among the powerhouses in Division II basketball in recent years.

assOC. HEAD Coach

Shane Rinner

Education: B.A., Education, Biola University, 1994 Phone: 907-786-4808 Email:

Anchorage native Shane Rinner is in his

sixth year on the Seawolf men’s basketball staff in 2008-09, his fifth in the role of associate head coach. The program’s chief recruiter, Rinner came to UAA as an assistant in 2003-04 and has been instrumental in helping the Seawolves to four NCAA Tournaments and a .649 winning percentage since then. A former all-state high school player at Anchorage Christian, 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, Biola (Calif.) University, and returned to the NAIA school for a second stint from 2000-02. From 1996-98, he coached 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 1994. He also played two ­seasons at Southwestern (Calif.) Junior College. He and his wife Amanda, a former volleyball player at Fresno State, are the parents of one daughter, Tagan.

assistant coach with the Seawolf men’s basketball staff in 2008-09. His duties include player development, recruiting, ­conditioning and weight training, monitoring academics and organizing camps and ­clinics. A former NAIA All-American at Biola (Calif.) University, Weakley spent the 200304 season in England, serving as head coach at Middlesex University and a developmental coach with the London Towers of the British Basketball League. At Middlesex, he coached and played in 30 games, leading the team to an undefeated record and the school’s first-ever BUSU National Tournament title. Weakley was a two-time team captain at Biola, where the Eagles made four straight NAIA national tournaments, including a 2000 Final Four appearance, and went 10927 from 1998-2002. He scored 1,322 career points and left as BU’s all-time leader in three-pointers with 236. Weakley earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Biola in 2002, with a minor in Biblical studies. He hails from Columbus, Ohio, where he was an all-state player at Worthington Christian High. He and his wife Tara were married in 2008.


Krehg Perez

Phone: 907-786-1562 Email:

Lifelong Alaskan Krehg Perez returns for

his second season as a volunteer assistant on Rusty Osborne’s staff. Perez’s primary duties include film exchange, computer technology and onfloor instruction. Perez is a 2000 graduate of Heritage Christian High School, where he played two years for the Eagles. He has since spent five years as an assistant at Heritage, helping the squad to two Class 3A state titles.

Stretching from Alaska to Oregon to Montana, the Great Northwest Athletic Confer­ence has quickly established itself as one of the most successful leagues in the NCAA Div. II ranks. Founded in 2001, the GNAC features nine institutions — Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Fairbanks, Central Washington, Montana State Billings, Northwest Nazarene, Saint Martin’s, Seattle Pacific, Western Oregon and Western Washington. The 2007-08 season was arguably the finest in league history, with three NCAA runner-up finishes and a pair of NCAA semifinals appearances for UAA’s basketball teams. The Seawolves sponsor seven of the GNAC’s 14 sports — volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, and men’s and women’s outdoor track & field.

Facilities The Seawolves open the

season at the 8,700-seat Sullivan Arena in Midtown Anchorage before moving to the comfortable confines of the on-campus Wells Fargo Sports Complex for the regular season. The Sports Complex is a multi-use facility that also includes a complete fitness ­center, weight room, swimming pool and indoor jogging track.

UAA hosts one of college basketball’s most prestigious tournaments every Thanksgiving week when it brings seven Division I teams north for the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. For the 2008 tournament,

Kevin White and the Seawolves took on Bob Knight’s Texas Tech squad in the 2007 Shootout.

Nov. 26-29, the Seawolves welcome Hampton, Louisiana Tech, Northern Illinois, Portland State, San Diego State, Seattle and Western Carolina. UAA will open against Hampton to kick off the men’s tourney. In 30 Shootouts, the Seawolves have posted 28 wins against their Division I competition, including six victories in the past six years.

Giant Killers Beginning with a 79-60 victory over Penn State in

1978, the Seawolves have a strong tradition of success against the giants of Division I basketball. All-time UAA has a total of 45 wins over 39 D-I programs, including against such powers as Wake Forest, Texas, Missouri, and Michigan in its national championship season of 1988-89. Here is a complete list of the Division I teams UAA has beaten: Auburn California Canisius Dayton Drexel Eastern Kentucky Grambling State High Point Houston Idaho Iona

Jackson State Lafayette Maine Miami, Fla. Michigan Missouri Missouri-Kansas City Montana New Mexico Nicholls State Notre Dame

Pacific Penn State Rhode Island Samford San Francisco Santa Clara Southern Illinois Southern Methodist Tennessee Texas Texas Christian Texas State Texas Tech Wake Forest Washington Weber State Western Michigan William & Mary

Former All-American Luke Cooper and the Seawolves knocked off Southern Illinois in 2005 and UMKC (pictured) in 2006.

This is UAA!

UAA’s Homecoming celebration happens every October.

ACADEMICS The University of Alaska Anchorage is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university, serving nearly 20,000 students through four primary campuses and numerous other sites in Southcentral Alaska and the Aleutian Chain. Situated in the heart of Alaska’s biggest city, UAA is nestled in the middle of a greenbelt, surrounded by ponds, lakes and wildlife, and is connected to a citywide trail and transportation system. UAA is comprised of six teaching units at the Anchorage campus — the colleges of Education, Health & Social Welfare, Arts & Sciences, Business & Public Policy; the Community & Technical College; and the School of Engineering. Organized research units at UAA complement the academic programs and reflect the special character of the Univer­sity’s mission in Alaska. Research units include the Alaska Center for International Business, the American Russian Center, the Environment and Natural Resources Institute, the Center of Alcohol and Addic­tion Studies, the Center for Economic Education, the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies, the Center for Human Development, the Institute of Social and Economic Research and the Justice Center. UAA operates on a semester system. Fifteen semester credits are a normal class load and a minimum of 120 credits are required to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Commencement ceremonies take place in early May at Sullivan Arena.

Opened in 2003, UAA’s new library building (above) is an architectural gem at the heart of campus. A new science building is currently under construction as well, helping UAA stay at the forefront of today’s research technology.

photo courtesy Michael Dinneen Photography


UAA became just the second school in NCAA Div. II history to qualify both its men’s and women’s basketball teams to the Final 4 when it pulled the trick in 2007-08. t


2008 NCAA Div. II Long Jump UAA’s gymnastics champion David Registe squad joined the Seawolf hockey team with Div. I status in 2004. Both teams regularly take on the nation’s top teams. t


UAA’s skiers have a long tradition of All-Americans and boast eight all-time individual NCAA champions.

Nicknamed the Seawolves, UAA’s ­athletic teams compete as members of NCAA Division I in men’s ice hockey and women’s gymnastics and NCAA Division II in all other sports, including men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s skiing, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field, and women’s cross country. UAA annually hosts the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout men’s and women’s basketball tournament — recognized as one of the top ­in-season tournaments in the nation — as well as the Kendall Hockey Classic and the Extended Stay Deluxe Invitational volleyball tournament. Since joining the NCAA ranks in 1977, UAA has become a perennial national power in many of its sports. A total of 124 Seawolves have earned All-America honors, and UAA has produced 14 ­individual national champions since 1991. The Seawolves are currently coming off perhaps the most successful year in program history, with NCAA Semifinals appearances for men’s and women’s basketball, strong NCAA team showings from men’s and women’s track & field and skiing, and the first individual NCAA track & field title in UAA history by long jumper David Registe. UAA athletes have enjoyed unprecedented success in the classroom, compiling a cumulative GPA of 3.0+ in 11 of the last 14 years.

2008-09 Alaska Anchorage Men's Basketball guide  

2008-09 Alaska Anchorage Men's Basketball

2008-09 Alaska Anchorage Men's Basketball guide  

2008-09 Alaska Anchorage Men's Basketball