Scott Rueck (2010-present)
For most programs, making the Sweet 16 would be seen as a major accomplishment.
For Oregon State, bowing out in the regional semifinals in 2019 was a bit of a disappointment to some, including team members. Nevermind that the Beavers were supposed to be rebuilding after losing Marie Gulich to graduation and the WNBA.
The lofty expectations are due to Rueck, who has created a Pacific Coast powerhouse.
Oregon State has been to the NCAA Tournament five times in a row, and the Final Four, Elite Eight and Sweet 16 twice in a four-year span.
Rueck already, in his short tenure, has to be considered not only the best women's basketball coach ever for Oregon State, but one of the top coaches in any sport in the university's history.
He took the reins of a team in disarray with players fleeing after a coaching crisis. There were little to no expectations.
Rueck and his attention to detail promptly turned the Beavers around, and he created a culture of winning.
Those Beaver believers for the women's basketball team aren't just in the stands. They're wearing the uniforms, too.
The players always deserve the bulk of the credit for any team’s success. Players make plays. But there’s a reason Rueck was the Pac-12 coach of the year in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Besides the winning records, his teams are fun to watch and fundamentally sound, pretty with fluid ball movement and spacing, but tough on defense and on the boards. What’s not to like about Oregon State under Rueck?