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Finkbeiner (pronounced Fink-by-ner) serves as the USU recruiting coordinator and defensive coordinator, while also overseeing the guard position.
Through the 2016-17 season, the Aggies finished in the top half of the Mountain West in every major defensive category. He coached three players to all-conference honors, as guard Rachel Brewster, forward Shannon Dufficy and guard Eliza West were all recognized by the Mountain West.
Dufficy and West each earned a spot in the USU career record books, ranking on the single-season rebound and assist lists, respectively. Dufficy ranks fifth with 261 rebounds, while West tallied 146 assists to rank fourth. The Aggies finished the season with a 17-15 record, including a 9-9 Mountain West ledger.
Finkbeiner spent the 2015-16 overseeing the USU post players. The Aggie defense ranked among the best in the Mountain West in multiple categories, averaging 41.2 rebounds, 4.4 blocks and 6.6 steals per game. Utah State finished the year with a 14-17 overall record, going 8-10 in league action.
In Finkbeiner’s first season at Utah State, the Aggie defense averaged 40.3 rebounds per game, while tallying 142 blocks, the most since the 2009-10 season, and 232 steals.
Prior to accepting the USU position, Finkbeiner spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Boise State. While there, he coached several Boise State players to Mountain West postseason honors. In addition, seven players earned Mountain West all-academic team recognition.
Finkbeiner’s first full-time coaching position was at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, N.M., where he spent three seasons as an assistant coach. He served in several capacities, including the recruiting coordinator, guard position coach, defense coach, strength and conditioning coach and assisted with scouting. In his last season (2010-11) at NMJC the team recorded a 20-win season going 20-10 and 6-6 in league. In 2009-10, Finkbeiner helped guide the team to the program’s first postseason appearance in eight years, finishing third in the conference with a 16-14 overall mark.
During Finkbeiner’s first season in 2008-09, the Lady T-Birds had a 17-win campaign, an improvement of 14 wins over the previous year. In his final two seasons at NMJC, he coached five Lady T-Birds to all-conference honors, two to all-conference honorable mention and one player to NJCAA All-Region 5 honors.
Finkbeiner started his coaching career as a graduate assistant for the University of Central Oklahoma’s men’s basketball team in Edmond, Okla. The Broncos ended the 2007-08 season with a 28-6 record, reaching the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
Before UCO, Finkbeiner served as the director of basketball operations for the Oral Roberts University women’s basketball team in Tulsa, Okla., where Jerry Finkbeiner was the head coach. He assisted the program in winning the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament, as well as earning a berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Finkbeiner earned his bachelor’s at Oral Roberts in 2006, followed by a master’s degree from Central Oklahoma in 2008.
Finkbeiner and his wife, Alycia, have three sons, Zane, Jude and Lyle, and a daughter, Rose. The family lives in Wellsville.
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