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Linfield hires its next men's basketball coach

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Former Foothill College men s basketball coach Shanan Rosenberg was named the 17th men s basketball coach in program history Friday by Linfield College.
Tony Avelar/Palo Alto Daily News
Former Foothill College men's basketball coach Shanan Rosenberg was named the 17th men's basketball coach in program history Friday by Linfield College.

The news went almost unnoticed after Linfield announced it late Friday afternoon, but Shanan Rosenberg will be the 17th men’s basketball coach in school history. Rosenberg comes to McMinnville after spending the past 11 years at Foothill College, a community college outside of Palo Alto, Calif. where he coached men’s basketball and also taught.

“I’m excited about the tradition,” Rosenberg said over the phone Sunday. “I’m excited about the vast successes all the athletic programs have had. I’m excited about bringing in my philosophy, style and personality.”

He’s also excited to return the Wildcats to former glory.

“I want to embrace the past but also start of a new path of success,” Rosenberg said.

Rosenberg inherits a program that has set back-to-back season worsts in losses and hasn’t won a conference championship since 2000-01. Larry Doty coached the Wildcats for 26 seasons, but ran into a lot of struggles in recent seasons.

Rosenberg is used to rebuilding programs. At Foothill, he inherited a program that had its previous season cancelled after six games as the result of a housing and tuition scandal. That first season Foothill was 6-22, but since then, Rosenberg took the Owls to eight appearances in the state playoffs in the last 10 years, including a 22-5 record this past season.

He told the San Jose Mercury News he knew he could do the same reconstruction at Linfield.

“Linfield basketball has wonderful potential and a rich history,” Rosenberg said. “I would not have accepted this position if I didn’t believe with every fiber of my body that this can be a highly successful program.”

Rosenberg was 186-131 at Foothill.

Rosenberg isn’t a stranger to Northwest Conference basketball either. He lived for three years in Portland while he was an assistant coach on the men’s basketball team at Lewis & Clark. During those years in the late ’90s and early 2000s, the Wildcats were one of the top teams in the conference.

“I really marveled at Linfield at the years I spent up there,” Rosenberg said. “I always thought of it as the place to work in the conference.”

As part of the contract, Rosenberg will also teach health and kinesiology classes at Linfield.

Rosenberg received a bachelor’s degree in physical education at UC-Davis in the spring of 1994 and graduated from Chico State in 1999 with a master’s degree. He played basketball for three years at UC-Davis, earning all-conference honors in his junior and senior years.

Rosenberg, 49, has a wife, Sarah, and the couple has three children: six-year-old twins Walt and Clyde and two-year-old Gus.

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