Entering his 15th season with head coach Stew Morrill and his 10th year at Utah State is Don Verlin (pronounced VUR-lyn), who is the longest tenured assistant coach in USU history. Verlin, who was elevated to associate coach prior to the 2006-07 season, was hired by the University in August, 1998.
During his 10 years in Logan, Verlin has been a key ingredient in Utah State's run of eight straight postseasons and eight straight 20-win seasons. Verlin, who is in charge of USU's complex offensive schemes, has helped turn the Aggies into one of the best shooting teams in the country as it led the nation in field goal shooting in 2005 and has ranked among the top three shooting teams nationally in three of the last four years. During the 2007 season, Utah State set a new school record for free throw shooting at 78.0 percent, which ranked second in the nation.
Prior to coming to Utah State, Verlin spent two tenures at Colorado State, as he was an assistant at CSU during the 1992 season before moving to Cal State Bakersfield for the 1993 and 1994 seasons. During his two seasons as an assistant in California, Cal State Bakersfield won back-to-back NCAA Division II national championships.
Verlin returned to Colorado State ahead of the 1995 season and then spent the next five seasons in Fort Collins. Prior to his first stint at Colorado State, Verlin was an assistant at Columbia (Calif.) Junior College from 1989-91. Columbia posted a 81-23 record in his three years there and won two conference championships. While at Columbia he coached former Aggie Roddie Anderson.
The 42-year old graduated from Cal State Stanislaus with a degree in physical education in 1991. He earned a master's degree in education from Colorado State in 1993.
Born June 15, 1965 in Roseville, Calif., Verlin graduated from Del Oro High School in Loomis, Calif. He and his wife, the former Serena Shumway, have one son (Jacob, 11) and one daughter (Sydnee, 5). Has a twin brother (Ron) who is an assistant basketball coach at Pacific.