Griffons on the search for new assistant men’s basketball coach

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Missouri Western will be on the search for a new men’s assistant basketball coach as former assistant coach Aaron Coombs accepted a head coaching position at Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
Aaron spent the last five years being the assistant coach and this will be his first head coaching job.
Aaron is appreciative of his time at Western.
“The last five years at Missouri Western have been some of the best years of my life,” Coombs said. “The people of St. Joseph and Missouri Western are nothing short of extraordinary. Through the ups and downs, my family has always been treated with respect and love.”
Missouri Western athletic director Josh Looney believes Panhandle is receiving a great athletics family.
“Griffon Athletics is thrilled that the Coombs family has received this exciting, new opportunity,” Looney said in a statement. “Aaron’s integrity, loyalty and steadiness were constant during the recent leadership transition within our men’s basketball program. Likewise, Signe’s elevation to senior woman administrator this academic year allowed her to lead several new projects and take on larger roles within the administration of our athletic department. Both Signe and Aaron have a special gift to connect with student-athletes in an incredible way. Oklahoma Panhandle State is adding a first-class athletics family.”
Signe, Aaron’s wife, has been the director of athletics academic services at Western since 2016.
Aaron said that he’s grateful to have the opportunity to be a head coach.
“Becoming a head coach has always been a dream of mine and I look forward to getting the opportunity to help coach these young men at OPSU,” Coombs said. “My program will showcase passion, character, and a level of competitiveness that will be unmatched. My goal will be to push my players to help them achieve their goals on the court and in the classroom, but more importantly become great adults, husbands, and fathers. I could not be more excited to be an Aggie.”
Former Western coach Brett Weiberg thinks Panhandle made a great hiring of Aaron.
“Aaron is one of the absolute best basketball minds that I have been around,” Weiberg said. “He can coach basketball. More importantly, he will recruit quality young men and do everything in his power to help them grow as athletes, students and people. Panhandle Basketball will be exciting to watch because Coach Coombs’ team will play hard, they will play together and they will be tough.”
Western will begin their search for Aaron’s replacement immediately.