Coach Aaron Coombs comes to GSW from Oklahoma Panhandle State University where he completed his first season at the helm for the Aggies. In his lone season in Goodwell, Coombs guided OPSU to a 16-14 overall record, and the program earned a conference playoff berth for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
Coombs took over on OPSU program that was 11-17 in 2017-18 and had just posted double-digit victory totals for the first time since 2002-03. Coombs' team built on that upswing with another double-digit win season, also going .500 or better for the first time since 2002-03.
GSW is coming off a 6-22 campaign and Coombs will be challenged with quickly building a roster that graduated seven seniors.
The success OPSU had on the court last season earned the attention of postseason voters with an All-America award and four of five starters earning a place on the Sooner Athletic Conference honor role. Coombs had just two scholarship players returning last season when hired at OPSU and was challenged with filling out his 20-man roster.
Prior to being named the head coach at OPSU, Coombs served in the NCAA Division II ranks at Missouri Western State University from April 2013 to March 2018, where he gained valuable experience that prepared him to lead a program. Coombs was proud to boast 14 student-athletes on honor rolls throughout his time at MWSU. He also served as the chief recruiting coordinator at Missouri Western, signing five MIAA All-Conference players during his tenure. In the course of his five seasons spent with the Griffons, Coombs acted as the lead assistant coach for men's basketball before acquiring the interim head coach title for a short period of time upon the departure of Brett Weiberg, who spent five season leading the team. Coombs served as the lead assistant coach at Missouri University of Science and Technology during the 2012-2013 season. His coaching career started in 2010 as an assistant at Northern Oklahoma College.
Coombs turned in an impressive NCAA Division I playing career that included two conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances (2002 & 2003) at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. He started 45 games for UNCW over his four-year career and earned the Colonial Athletic Association Most Improved Player award in 2005. Coombs was named an NSCA Strength and Conditioning All-American in 2004. At the professional level, Coombs spent five years competing in France, Romania and China where he reigned as the leading scorer on all three teams and was named MVP while playing in Shanghai.