Scott Rueck (2010-present)
Rueck is the choice for the coach of this team, as much as we like Aki Hill. He took the reins of a team in disarray with players fleeing after a coaching crisis. There were little to no expectations.
And Rueck and his attention to detail promptly turned the Beavers it into a powerhouse that made the NCAA Tournament four times in a row, and the Final Four, Elite Eight and Sweet 16 in a three-year span.
Sure, 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?