TACOMA, Washington – Puget Sound Director of Athletics Amy Hackett is excited to welcome back to campus Aubrey Shelton as the university's newly appointed Men's Basketball Head Coach.
"We are thrilled to have Aubrey return to Puget Sound. He has consistently achieved a high level of success over his 11 years as a head coach at Lincoln High School, averaging more than 21 wins per season, and we look forward to having that championship mindset continue at Puget Sound," said Hackett. "Aubrey has been an important fixture in Tacoma and has demonstrated a strong commitment to our community."
Shelton, a graduate of Puget Sound and Tacoma native, has spent the past 11 years guiding Lincoln High School to an impressive overall record of 237-57 (.806), including six district titles and eight league titles. Shelton led five Lincoln teams to top five finishes in the State Tournament. He has been recognized eight times with Coach of the Year honors.
"I'm extremely honored, grateful, and excited to return home to Puget Sound. My time as a Logger student-athlete had an immeasurable positive impact on my life. Puget Sound is a world-class university with a long tradition of athletic excellence in the heart of Tacoma. Together, we can build a basketball program that will make the Logger and Tacoma community proud. I can't wait to begin," said Shelton.
Shelton is a four-year letter winner for the Loggers, playing for the Maroon and White from 2001 through 2005. During his playing career, Shelton and the Loggers won two Northwest Conference titles and made two NCAA Division III Sweet 16 appearances. He was an All-Conference selection in 2002 and his name still appears in several all-time statistical categories for the program.
Following his time in uniform, Shelton served as an assistant coach for the Loggers in 2005-06 season, helping lead the team to its third consecutive NWC title, and the NCAA D-III Elite Eight. He also served as a head coach at Washington High School early in his career.
Shelton received both his Bachelor of Arts in History in 2005 and his Masters of Arts in Teaching in 2006 at Puget Sound. He and his wife, Courtney, also a Puget Sound graduate, reside in Tacoma with their daughter Claire.
"I cannot thank the Lincoln community, students, teachers, and administration enough for their incredible support over the past eleven years," said Shelton. "The relationships and memories I've had as an Abe will be forever cherished."