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Men's Basketball
Former Seahawk Heads To Show Me State

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 07/02/2012
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WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Apparently, Seahawks are now heading to the Midwest for the winter.

One year after former UNCW assistant coach Frank Haith took over the helm of the SEC-bound Missouri program, former Seahawk standout Aaron Coombs has accepted an assistant coaching position in Rolla with NCAA Division II Missouri S&T (Missouri University of Science and Technology).

"I'm very excited about the opportunity to work at Missouri S&T," said Coombs, a native of Sugar Land, Texas. "Coach (Jim) Glash is an excellent coach who has been around the business for many years and has won a ton of games at all levels. I'm looking forward to learning a lot from him.

"The last two years at Northern Oklahoma have been nothing short of incredible. Coach (Brett) Weiberg was an absolute joy to work for and helped me improve greatly in all areas of coaching. I am forever grateful for the experience and the opportunity to coach at Northern Oklahoma. I'm looking forward to continuing to develop my career and pursuing my dreams of being a Division I head coach.

Coombs graduated from UNCW in 2005 and played professionally in China, France and Romania before embarking on his coaching career two years ago at Northern Oklahoma in Tonkawa, Okla. Missouri S&T is a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference and the Miners play their home games in the Gale Bullman Multi-Purpose Building.

Coombs played four seasons at UNCW for Jerry Wainwright and Brad Brownell in the early part of the decade. The 6-11, 245-pound center/forward appeared in 123 games and made 45 starts for the Seahawks from 2002-05.

The Seahawks compiled an 81-42 record while Coombs suited up and won Colonial Athletic Association titles in 2002 and 2003, advancing to the NCAA Tournament both seasons.

Coombs averaged nearly 15 points professionally for three clubs in France before wrapping up his playing career by collecting 14.0 points and 8.0 rebounds for the Tirgu-Mures Basketball Club in Romania in 2008-09.

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