Rector named Assistant Basketball Coach at University of Charleston

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University of Charleston Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Dwaine Osborne announced the return of Brett Rector as the assistant coach for the Golden Eagles program.

“I am so excited to have Brett return to UC. He has head coaching experience, as well as experience in the MEC. I trust him fully and completely as he was with me for four years prior” Osborne stated. “He knows, understands, and desires to live our mission statement and core values. He knows our program and university well and will hit the ground running. This is a huge victory for UC that will pay dividends in the immediate as well as the future.”

Rector spent the previous academic year serving as the head coach for the Parkersburg South Men’s Basketball program. During his time with PSHS the squad boasted a 16-8 record while earning a sectional and regional championship. They also earned a berth in the West Virginia State AAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. He is excited to get back to the Capital City, and back to the University of Charleston.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to come back to the University of Charleston. It is phenomenal institution and one of the best athletic departments in all of Division II,” Rector said. “Dwaine Osborne has had a huge impact on my life personally and professionally. The chance to work with him again and help move this program forward is something I am very excited about! I appreciate the trust and confidence Coach Osborne has in me and I look forward to investing in our student-athletes!”

Prior to his time at Parkersburg South, Rector spent four seasons with the Golden Eagles from 2014-18 under Osborne. While serving as Osborne’s top assistant, the Golden Eagles boasted a 68-52 record and made a trip to the MEC Tournament Championship game in 2018.

Before his first stint with the Golden Eagles, Rector spent a season at his high school alma mater, Ravenswood High School from 2013-14 after a season as a women’s assistant coach at Eastern Kentucky from 2012-13.

Rector spent 2010-12 at the University of Pikeville. Rector helped Pikeville capture the NAIA national championship in 2011. After spending his first season at UPike as an assistant coach, Rector was promoted to associate head coach in 2012. In addition to serving as the team’s recruiting coordinator, his duties with the Bears included scouting, video, strength training and conditioning, perimeter and post player development, academic monitoring, travel planning, and practice and game coaching. Before arriving in Pikeville, Rector spent two seasons as an assistant at West Virginia Tech. In 2008-09 he helped the team to its first 20-win season in 19 years, including a win over No. 1 ranked Mountain State University. Rector played four seasons at Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia. He scored 1,249 career points and hit 300 three-pointers during his career. He was selected All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2007 and 2008. Rector led all of NCAA II in three-pointers made per game in 2006-07 and was second nationally in

2007-08. The Ravenswood, WV native earned first team all-state honors in football and basketball at Ravenswood High School in 2003.

Golden Eagles Athletic Director, Dr. Bren Stevens is delighted to have Brett Rector back on staff at Charleston.

“I am excited to have Coach Brett Rector returning to our university, and the skill set that he brings as it pertains to recruiting, teaching basketball skills, and building meaningful relationships has been exceptional. Brett’s work ethic, commitment to graduating students, and high level of emotional intelligence, along with his passion for basketball, is a proven entity. Welcome home!”

Rector earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Davis & Elkins in 2008 and a master’s in sport management from West Virginia University in 2009.

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