Our Staff

Rusty Osborne, Head Men's Basketball Coach

UAA/Career Record: 250-138, 13 years as head coach; 26 overall at UAA
Education: B.S., Education, Univ. of Texas, 1988;
                  
M.A., Educational Administration, SW Texas State, '90

After leading Alaska Anchorage to 12 straight winning seasons — including five NCAA Tourney appearances — Rusty Osborne has clearly established himself among the top coaches in both Division II basketball and school history.

Under Osborne's leadership, UAA has gone 239-122 (.662) over the past 12 years, including victories over 11 Division I teams and 15 nationally ranked D-II teams.

In 2011-12, Osborne piloted the Seawolves to a 23-7 record — the second-best winning percentage (.767) in program history — and their second straight NCAA 2nd Round appearance. In fact, UAA is 6-3 in NCAA play in its last three appearances, with two of those losses coming to the eventual national runner-up. The 2016-17 campaign was Osborne's fifth with 21 or more victories.

During his head coaching tenure, Osborne's squads have also produced  four All-Americans (including 2012Div. II Bulletin National Player of the Year and GNAC POY Taylor Rohde), three CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-Americans, 10 All-West Region performers and 22 All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference first- or second-team honorees, while 18 Seawolves have moved on to play professionally.

In 2007-08, Osborne earned the GNAC Coach of the Year award as UAA posted the best record in school history (29-6), won its first GNAC title, and advanced to the Div. II Final Four for the first time in 20 years. The Seawolves produced a pair of All-Americans -- including GNAC Player of the Year Luke Cooper -- and rose as high as No. 4 in the national poll, earning their first-ever No. 1 NCAA Tournament seed.

In seven of the last 10 campaigns, Osborne's teams have finished in the top 10 of the NCAA Div. II national stats in either three-point or free-throw percentage, including 2008-09 when UAA was 2nd nationally from the charity stripe and 7th from long range. Osborne's teams have also gained a reputation for defense, leading the GNAC in points allowed in six of his 13 seasons.

From 1991-2004, Osborne spent 13 seasons as an assistant with the Seawolves, including 11 years as Charlie Bruns' chief assistant. The Houston, Texas, native joined the UAA staff after serving under former Seawolf coach Harry Larrabee three seasons (1988-91) at Div. I Southwest Texas State.

The Seawolves have won 64 percent of their games with Osborne on the staff, claiming four conference titles and nine trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

As an assistant, he was responsible for the recruitment of five All-Americans, 12 All-West Region players, 28 all-conference performers and five league Players of the Year. In addition, 17 of his players have gone on to the professional ranks in the United States and abroad, including recent stars such as Kemmy Burgess, Luke Cooper and Taylor Rohde.

Since coming to UAA, he has been involved in organizing Seawolf Outreach games in Barrow, Kotzebue, Kenai and Fort Richardson. He is also the director of the Sullivan Arena Jumpshot Basketball Camp, and has put on many clinics in rural Alaska.

Before making the move to the collegiate ranks, Osborne worked for one year at the prep level as an assistant coach at Hyde Park Baptist in Austin, Texas, helping the team to a 36-8 finish and a state title.

Osborne prepped at Alief-Elsik High in Houston, where he was a two-time all-district selection and senior captain. Collegiately, he lettered his freshman season at Mary Hardin-Baylor in Texas, and redshirted at Eastern New Mexico.

Osborne graduated from the University of Texas in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in education and received his master's degree in educational administration two years later from Southwest Texas. 

He and his wife Staci, an Anchorage native, are the parents of five children — sons Sagan, Austin and Kylan, and daughters J.J. and Kadyn.
 

Ryan Orton, Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Ryan Orton returns to the Alaska Anchorage men's basketball staff in 2017-18 as the program's top assistant coach, marking his fourth season overall with the Seawolves.

Orton comes back north after a 5-year stint as the head coach at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs, Wyo., where he led the Mustangs to winning seasons in his last three campaigns, including 21- and 22-win seasons and NJCAA Region IX playoff berths in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

In his first stint with the Seawolves, Orton made an impact by securing commitments from three former Alaska Players-of-the-Year, plus a long list of Lower 48 prep and junior-college standouts. In Orton's final season of 2011-12, former recruit Taylor Rohde was the GNAC Player of the Year and Division II BulletinNational Player of the Year for the Seawolves.

Orton coached at D-I program Montana State from 2006-08, where he was responsible for both recruiting and team academic development, while serving as position coach for post players. In his time with the Bobcats, the team had a 100 percent graduation rate, produced five Academic All-Big Sky honorees and earned the athletic department's 2006-07 Allison Award, given to the MSU team whose overall GPA improves most from one year to the next.

At conference rival Northwest Nazarene from 2004-06, Orton was involved in every facet of the program from on-court instruction and scouting to scheduling and fund-raising. He also proved one of the GNAC's top young recruiters, signing the league's 2007 Newcomer of the Year and the 2006 Idaho High School State Player of the Year.

Orton directed the program at Lane (Ore.) Community College in 2003-04, where his team led the NWAC South Region in points per game and ranked third overall among 36 league programs.

Orton got his start in college coaching at D-I Eastern Washington from 1998-2003, serving on the staff that produced the Big Sky Conference's best overall record over four seasons (2000-03).

He earned a B.S. in health and physical education from Eastern Oregon and his masters in physical education from Eastern Washington in 2001.

As a player at EOU, he was the 1996 team MVP and captain, earning honorable mention All-Cascade Conference honors. He also played collegiately at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Ore., from 1991-93.

 

Jesse Brown, Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Former Seawolf Jesse Brown returns to the Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball staff for his second season in 2017-18 and his first as a full-time assistant assistant coach. He spent the 2016-17 campaign as a volunteer assistant, contributing to a team that went 21-8 and finished runner-up in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Born and raised in Anchorage, Brown spent seven seasons coaching in the Northwest Athletic Conference, including the last two as associate head coach at Green River Community College in Washington. He spent the 2007-08 campaign and from 2009-13 as an assistant at his JC alma mater, Tacoma Community College, before serving as interim head coach in 2013-14. Brown also served as a volunteer assistant for the 2008-09 UAA women’s team that went 31-4 and advanced to the NCAA Div. II semifinals.

After suiting up for the Seawolves from 2001-04, Brown earned his B.A. in history from UAA in 2009. He added a master’s degree in human performance (coaching emphasis) from Adams State University in 2016.