Russ Schoene Named UW Assistant Basketball Coach

April 24, 2002

Seattle - Russ Schoene (pronounced SHAY-nee), who has worked the past five years as an assistant coach at Bellevue Community College was hired as an assistant coach on Washington men's basketball staff, head coach Lorenzo Romar announced Wednesday.

'I have known Russ for a number of years, since we played against each other in the NBA,' Romar says. 'Russ is a very quality person. He worked the past five years as a volunteer coach, so that shows his great passion for the game of basketball. He has very solid ties to the Northwest and will be a tremendous resource to our program. Russ is also very adept at coaching post players. He gives a nice diversity to our staff in terms of teaching the game.'

A native of Trenton, Ill., Schoene, 42, attended Mineral Area Junior College in Missouri before transferring to the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. A 6-10 forward, he helped to lead UTC to back-to-back Southern Conference Championships in 1981 and 1982 and was named the tournament MVP as a senior.

'I first met Lorenzo as a professional player and, while our paths have only crossed a few times over the years, he is someone I have always followed,' Schoene said. 'He is a great guy and I am looking forward to being a member of his staff. I was flattered to be considered a candidate for the position and I'm very grateful for the opportunity to coach at Washington.'

Schoene was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the 1982 NBA draft. He was traded by Philadelphia during his rookie season to Indiana and stayed on the Pacers' roster the following year, despite an injury that prevented him from playing during the season. Schoene spent the next two seasons playing in Italy before returning to the NBA with the Seattle Supersonics for the 1986-87 season. He played three years in Seattle and then returned to Italy for the final five seasons of his professional career.

Upon his retirement, he moved to the Puget Sound area and, with several Seattle-area residents, co-founded Samurai Sam's, a restaurant chain of nearly 50 stores in Arizona and Washington. He and his seven-year-old daughter, Makena, reside in Bellevue.

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