Zac Claus

Zac Claus (born November 1974)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Western Colorado Mountaineers
Current conference: Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (Div II)
Idaho record: 28-88 (.241)
Western Colorado record: 11-17 (.393)
Overall record^: 39-105 (.271)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • RMAC (Div II) Regular Season Champion:  0
  • RMAC (Div II) Tournament Champion:  0

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2023-present Western Colorado
2019-2023 Idaho
2016-2019 Idaho (asst)
2011-2015 Nevada (asst)
2005-2011 Nevada (DBO)
2002-2005 Sacramento State (asst)
2001-2002 Portland State (asst)
2000-2001 Portland State (DBO)
1999-2000 Austin College (asst)
1998-1999 Nebraska Wesleyan (asst)

Zac Claus Facts

  • Zachary Arthur Claus
  • Born November 1974
  • Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Alma Mater: Eastern Washington University (BA, 1998)
  • Started his collegiate career at Creighton, playing one season for the Bluejays and head coach Rick Johnson
  • First coaching gigs were as an assistant at Nebraska Wesleyan and Austin College (TX)
  • Spent two seasons at Portland State, one each as DBO and full-time assistant under Joel Sobotka
  • Next was a three-year tenure as an assistant under Jerome Jenkins at Sacramento State
  • Arrived at Nevada in 2005, hired by Mark Fox to be the Wolfpack’s director of basketball operations
    • Stayed on board with new head coach David Carter in 2009 and was elevated to assistant coach in 2011
    • Was a part of six postseason tournaments during his time in Reno (2 NCAAs, 2 NITs & 2 CBIs)
  • Hired in 2016 to return to the Big Sky as an assistant coach at Idaho under Don Verlin
    • The Vandals won 19 and 22 games in his first two seasons on the staff, reaching the CIT in 2017
  • Named interim head coach for the 2019-20 season following Verlin‘s firing for potential NCAA violations
    • In February 2020, Claus had the interim tag removed and was officially named head coach at Idaho
    • Went 28-88 in four years at the helm before getting fired following the last regular season game of the 2022-23 season
  • In June 2023, Claus was announced as the head coach at Western Colorado in the Division II RMAC

Zac Claus Coaching Tree

  • Tim Marrion (Idaho)
  • Kenny Tripp (Adams State)