After a national search, Jim Shaw was named the fifth head coach in the history of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men’s basketball program Wednesday evening by vice president of intercollegiate athletics Adrian Rodriguez.
Shaw previously served as interim head coach since March 18 after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach. An introductory press conference will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Dugan Wellness Center.
“It’s an honor to be named the head coach of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men’s basketball program. The Island campus is the premier institution in the state of Texas and I cannot wait to build upon our previous athletic success to highlight all that A&M-Corpus Christi has to offer,” Shaw said.
Shaw helped the Islanders win three conference championships in the last two seasons, including the 2022-23 Southland Conference regular season crown and back-to-back SLC Tournament titles. It resulted in consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Shaw assisted the Islanders in winning their first-ever NCAA Tournament game this past season after beating Southeast Missouri State in the First Four. A&M-Corpus Christi won 13 of its final 15 games and were the first school to win the SLC Tournament in back-to-back years since 1992-94.
“I could not be more pleased with the state of Islanders Basketball and who we have in our next men’s head basketball coach, Jim Shaw. Jim is a man of great integrity with vast coaching knowledge and a rich understanding of what it takes to be successful in our conference and on the national stage. Jim is a winner and is exactly who we need to lead our program into the future,” Rodriguez said.
A San Antonio native, Shaw has spent the last 19 years at the Division I level with stops at Texas Tech, Nebraska, UTEP, Texas State and Tarleton State.
“Coach Shaw is committed to maintaining the championship culture that has brought The Island University and the entire Coastal Bend community great pride. We are excited to continue building upon our foundation of success to expand not seasons, but decades,” said President Dr. Kelly M. Miller.
Shaw came to A&M-Corpus Christi from Tarleton State where he was on staff for the program’s very first season at the Division I level in 2020-21.
While at Texas State, Shaw helped guide the Bobcats to one of the top turnarounds in program history when the Bobcats improved from eight wins in 2013-14 to 14 victories in 2014-15. Since then, the success continued to trend upwardly as Shaw helped the Bobcats win 82 games in his last four years, marking the sixth most wins among NCAA Division I programs in Texas (23).
He arrived at Texas State after serving one season as director of operations at Texas Tech. In his lone season, the Red Raiders won their first Big 12 Tournament game since 2010, and tripled their conference win total from the season before.
Prior to Texas Tech, Shaw spent six years as Video Coordinator at Nebraska, where he oversaw all aspects of the video operations, including video exchange, taping workouts and games, breaking down video and organizing the video library.
He also helped coordinate Nebraska’s player appearances in the community and assists with the Huskers’ team efforts in NU’s Life Skills Team Award challenge. During the offseason, he played an integral role with the Doc Sadler Basketball Camps by assisting with all phases of camp planning and supervision.
While with the Huskers, Shaw helped three squads to postseason play. In 2008-09, the Huskers earned an 18-13 record and a berth in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). It was the second straight year that culminated with a postseason NIT appearance for the Huskers and included a .500 finish (8-8) in Big 12 Conference play, both firsts in a decade for the program. Previously, Shaw helped Sadler guide UTEP to an NCAA berth in 2004 and an appearance in the 2005 NIT.
Shaw joined the Nebraska staff after serving as a graduate assistant at UTEP. Shaw handled all duties surrounding the Miners’ video system during his three years in El Paso, and was heavily involved with directing camps and clinics, including serving as director for the Doc Sadler Basketball Camps each of his last two years. He also has significant experience assisting with recruiting efforts and all areas of player development.
Shaw earned his undergraduate degree in economics at Grinnell (Iowa) College in 2003. He added a master’s degree in business administration from UTEP in 2005.
Shaw was a four-year letter winner at Grinnell, helping the Pioneers to four straight Division III national scoring titles, including an all-division scoring record of 124.9 points per game in 2002-03. He led Grinnell to a league title as a sophomore and senior, and in 2001, paced the conference in made three-pointers while pushing the Pioneers to the NCAA Tournament.