Portland State announced Friday that associate head coach Jase Coburn had been promoted to head coach of the Vikings. Coburn has been at PSU for eight years, the last three in the associate head coach role. He replaces Barret Peery, who left earlier this month to take a spot on the coaching staff at Texas Tech.
“In his eight years at Portland State University, Coach Coburn has recruited some of the best talent to our men’s basketball program,” AD Valerie Cleary said. “He has proven himself to be an outstanding coach, recruiter, and department colleague. After a very competitive national search, there was no doubt that Coach Coburn exemplified what we were looking for for the next era of Viking Basketball.”
This is the first D-I head coaching job for Coburn, who arrived in Portland in 2013 with a wide array of experience. Previously the head coach at McClintock HS in his home state of Arizona, he has also coached at Howard JC (TX), Phoenix College (AZ) and on the AAU circuit.
“I’m extremely ecstatic. This is a dream come true for me and my family,” Coburn said. “It has been a goal of mine to be the head coach at Portland State. I appreciate the support of our administration, our athletic staff and coaches, the university, our current and former players. It really means the world to me. I’ve worked my whole life to get to this point right now. And to be here is a dream come true.”
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