Tim Shelton, a long-time member of the San Diego State men’s basketball program, has been named an assistant coach on head coach Brian Dutcher’s staff. The 2017-18 campaign will mark Shelton’s 11th on Montezuma Mesa.
“I am so proud to have Tim on my first staff as a head coach,” Dutcher said. “No one embodies the San Diego State men’s basketball program more than Tim Shelton. His effort, dedication and intelligence as a student-athlete at SDSU has carried over to how he approaches his profession. He has been a valuable member of our staff as the director of player development and he will have an even bigger impact as an assistant coach.
“Tim’s familiarity with our program, his basketball IQ and his ability to communicate will ensure that he has an immediate impact on our team. He is one of the bright young minds in our profession.”
A native of Fresno, Shelton spent the last four seasons as SDSU’s director of player development. In his role, he assisted with video breakdown, film exchange, travel and community service efforts. During his time, he helped the Aztecs to three postseason appearances, including a berth in the 2014 NCAA Sweet 16, and three Mountain West titles. San Diego State also won 105 games (26.3 wins per year) in those four years.
Prior to his position on the Aztecs’ support staff, Shelton played for San Diego State from 2007-08 to 2011-12. In those five seasons, Shelton played in 109 games and played a key role in SDSU reaching the postseason in each of those years, including three consecutive NCAA appearances to close out his career. He was also a member of the 2010-11 squad that reached the NCAA Sweet 16, won the Mountain West regular-season and tournament titles, and finished 34-3. In addition to the pair of MW titles won in 2011, Shelton was a part of Mountain West championship teams in 2010 (tournament) and 2012 (regular season).
In his final playing season (2011-12), Shelton began work toward his master’s degree and guided the Aztecs to 26 victories, which at the time was tied for the second-highest total in school history, all while earning Mountain West all-defensive team accolades. The next season, Shelton completed his master’s degree coursework as a graduate manager and San Diego State advanced to the NCAA Round of 32 en route to 23 wins.
Over the course of his entire 10-year Aztec career, Shelton has helped the program to 259 wins (25.9 wins per year), seven Mountain West championships and nine postseason appearances (six NCAA).
Shelton earned his bachelor’s degree in history from San Diego State in 2011 and his master’s degree in educational leadership in 2013.