Two Huskies basketball assistants leaving
The contracts of longtime men’s basketball assistants Jim Shaw and Paul Fortier were not renewed.
Seattle Times staff reporter
The makeover of the Washington men’s basketball coaching staff is seemingly complete with the departures of longtime assistants Jim Shaw and Paul Fortier.
They had two-year contracts worth $158,000 annually that expired March 31 and were not renewed.
Shaw leaves after nine years at UW during which he was responsible for recruiting and scheduling. He’s expected to pursue another college coaching job.
“Jim was a big part of our success,” Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said in a statement. “He was instrumental in recruiting and coaching during some of our best years ever of Husky basketball. I wish him the best.”
Fortier, an all-Pac-10 forward with UW in 1986, spent eight seasons with the Huskies. For the first seven, his duties included recruiting and working with the big men. Last season he took on a new title as director of player personnel and player development.
Fortier is also expected to look for a job with another college team.
The changes are the biggest to Romar’s staff since he became coach. Three-fourths of last season’s staff is no longer with the team, including Lamont Smith, who left for New Mexico.
Last month, the Huskies hired T.J. Otzelberger from Iowa State, and Raphael Chillious came to Washington after a year at Villanova. They received two-year deals, joining a staff that includes assistant Brad Jackson.
Jackson will coordinate game scouting reports and work with big men. His duties also include overseeing the administration of the program, including letters of intent and communications through compliance reporting.
Chillious, a noted recruiter with ties to Nike, will work with the guards, plan in-season and offseason workouts and coordinate player housing.
Otzelberger is UW’s new recruiting coordinator and will help install the defense.
The Huskies also hired a new strength and conditioning coach, Daniel Shapiro. He served in the same role for the Sacramento Kings the previous eight years. Shapiro replaces Matt Ludwig.
• Washington State hired Rod Jensen, head coach at College of Idaho the past three seasons, as director of men’s basketball player development. He replaces Jeff Hironaka, who left WSU to become associate head men’s coach at Portland State.
• UW pitcher Kaitlin Inglesby is among 32 softball players invited to the national team selection camp in Oklahoma City next week. The team will select 17 players to play this summer in tournaments in Oklahoma City, Surrey, B.C., and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Sports-information reports were used in this article.