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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Coombs named new Miner assistant

  • Aaron Coombs, an assistant coach at Northern Oklahoma College for the past two seasons, has been named by Missouri S&T as its new assistant coach for the university's men's basketball program.


    Coombs will fill the position previously held by Joey Goodson, who resigned to accept an assistant coaching post at his alma mater, Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania.


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  • Aaron Coombs, an assistant coach at Northern Oklahoma College for the past two seasons, has been named by Missouri S&T as its new assistant coach for the university's men's basketball program.
    Coombs will fill the position previously held by Joey Goodson, who resigned to accept an assistant coaching post at his alma mater, Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania.
    “One of the key factors I was looking for was someone who could do a great job in teaching post players,” said Miner head coach Jim Glash.  “Aaron has a great background in this area and has worked a number of clinics around the country. He comes to us as somebody who has learned from some great teachers of the game and can bring many of those qualities to our program here at Missouri S&T.
    “We lost a quality coach when Coach Goodson decided to leave, but it is a situation where he is now closer to his family and we wish him well in his new position at Saint Francis,” Glash added. “In Aaron, we have a young man who is going to be a star in this profession. All of the coaches I have talked to have spoken in glowing terms about him with regards to his work ethic, love of the game and skill level as an instructor and communicator with the student-athletes.”
    “We are excited to have Aaron joining our Miner coaching staff,” said Missouri S&T director of athletics Mark Mullin. “His energy, enthusiasm, and experience will be great assets to our men's basketball program, the department, and the campus.  We are anxious for him to begin working in support of Missouri S&T.”
    Over the last two seasons, Coombs has served as the assistant coach at Northern Oklahoma in Tonkawa, Okla,, where he worked exclusively with the team's forwards and post players.  He also handled the team's game day walk-through sessions and the defensive strategies for the team in its game preparation.
    In addition, he was responsible for the team's strength and conditioning program and also served as a marketing instructor in the school's business department. Northern Oklahoma finished the 2011-12 season with a record of 17-12.
    Prior to his two years in Oklahoma, Coombs spent a year as an assistant coach for the AAU Flight 22 team in Wilmington, N.C., where he handled individual instruction for the post players and handled the defensive aspects for that team. In addition, he coordinated with the event managers in assisting with tournament scheduling in surrounding states for that team, which won the championship of the Big Shots Clemson Tournament that consisted of over 100 teams.
    He has also served as an instructor at camps over the summers of 2008 and 2009 at Woodberry Forest, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Winthrop University.
    Page 2 of 2 - Coombs, who is originally from Sugarland, Texas, played his collegiate basketball at UNC Wilmington, where he played for two teams that reached the NCAA Tournament after winning the Colonial Athletic Association championship.
    As a freshman, UNCW upset fourth-seeded Southern California in the opening round before losing in the second round to eventual national runner-up Indiana. The Seahawks lost the following season in its tournament opener against defending national champion Maryland on a shot at the buzzer.
    While at UNCW, Coombs was named as his team's most improved player in the 2004-05 season and was chosen to the National Strength and Conditioning Association's All-America team in 2003. He played at the school for Jerry Wainwright, who also coached at DePaul University and recently retired as the associate head coach at Fresno State and Brad Brownell, the current head coach at Clemson University.
    Coombs continued his playing career overseas, playing for the Saint-Charmond, Saint-Etienne and Longwy basketball clubs in France – averaging nearly 15 points per game in that three-year span and leading two of those squads in scoring – then played one season for Tirgu-Mures Basketball Club in Romania where he was the team's top rebounder and second-leading scorer with averages of 14 points and eight rebounds per game in the 2008-09 campaign.
    In the 2005-06 season with Saint-Charmond, he averaged 17 points and nine rebounds a game which put him among the top five in the league in both categories.
    “Aaron will be a great example for our players here at Missouri S&T,” Glash said. “His career path involved a lot of hard work because he was a self-made success, which has a lot to do with what he was able to accomplish at both the collegiate and professional levels.”
    Coombs earned his bachelor's degree in marketing in 2005 from UNC Wilmington.
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