Rinner makes history in first year (Basketball)

February 26, 2010
Shane Rinner

It didn’t take long for Shane Rinner to make an impact at Texas A&M International.

In his first season as head coach, the former UAA assistant and Anchorage Christian Schools player has already left his mark on the NCAA Division II program by helping the Dustdevils secure the program’s first Heartland Conference tournament berth.

Texas A&M International has an 11-14 record on the season, hardly the mark of a playoff team. But the Dustdevils have an 8-7 conference mark going into Saturday’s regular-season finale, good enough for fifth place; the top six make the postseason tournament.

The success should come as no surprise.

Rinner went to Texas from UAA, where he spent six seasons and was the chief recruiter for a program that went 113-67 during his tenure and marched to the Final Four in 2008.

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