Love of hoops propels Rueck to coaching success

Scott Rueck, George Fox University's women's basketball coach, encourages a spirit of family in the program.It seems as though Scott Rueck was born to coach basketball.

Rueck, now in his 14th season coaching the George Fox University women's basketball team, is enjoying his dream job. Since his arrival, the Bruins have won more than three-quarters of their games and captured the program's first-ever national championship. Most importantly, he's created an atmosphere that stresses not only winning, but character and caring as well.

"I want my players to love every day," he recently told The Oregonian. "I want them to like me all the time, even when I'm getting on them. ... I want parents to be smiling. I want them to know, 'There's no other place I'd rather have my daughter than right here in this program.' That this program is gonna be life-changing for her."

Rueck comes by his love of the game honestly: His father, Marv, coached at Hillsboro and Glencoe high schools. Little Scott, at 2, often sat at the end of the bench and dribbled during timeouts. At 5, he performed a dribbling routine at a talent show.

Today, Rueck is pouring his love of the sport into a program that resembles a family as much as it does a team. A profile of Rueck, titled "George Fox's Scott Rueck carves path as one of Oregon's best young basketball coaches," ran in a recent edition of The Oregonian. To read it, click this link to visit The Oregonian's website.

Another feature story about the Bruins was recently featured on D3hoops.com.