UAA hires Orton as men’s assistant coach

UAA men’s basketball coach Rusty Osborne announced Tuesday that Ryan Orton has been hired as the Seawolves’ new assistant coach.

A native of Creswell, Ore., Orton brings extensive experience at both the Division I and Division II levels, including two seasons at Great Northwest Athletic Conference rival Northwest Nazarene.

Most recently Orton coached at D-I program Montana State from 2006-08, where he was responsible for both recruiting and team academic development, while serving as position coach for post players. In his time with the program, the Bobcats had a 100 percent graduation rate, produced five Academic All-Big Sky honorees and earned the athletic department’s 2006-07 Allison Award, given to the MSU team whose overall GPA improves most from one year to the next.

Orton also brings head-coaching experience to UAA, having directed the program at Lane (Ore.) Community College in 2003-04. At LCC, his team led the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges South Region in points per game and ranked third overall among 36 NWAACC schools.