The Anchorage Daily News is reporting that former Montana State basketball assistant coach Ryan Orton has taken an assistant coaching job with Alaska Anchorage University. Orton was one of the original assistants that Coach Huse hired when he got the MSU job, and was an excellent recruiter for the Bobcats. He is the guy who spotted and started recruiting a guy by the name of Divaldo Mbunga.
Orton got into some little legal problems that are outlined below his last year at MSU and by the summer of 2008 I am told felt he needed to move on from Bozeman and it was reported that he left his assistant spot at MSU to take a similar spot at New Mexico Highland a D-2. Apparently, though he never coached at New Mexico Highland, which I would assume is a story all in itself.
I met Orton on a couple occasions and I really liked him, and just about everyone I knew in Bozeman told me he was a great guy. Still, though, when it comes to domestic violence I know that even the seemly nicest guy’s can do some really stupid things. I do not know the whole story hear but I wish Ryan the best of luck in getting his career back o track.
UAA hires assistant to replace Rinner
MEN’S BASKETBALL: Orton comes to team with a police record.By BETH BRAGG email@example.com Published: August 25th, 2009 10:43 PM Last Modified: August 25th, 2009 10:43 PM
The UAA men’s basketball team has a new assistant coach, a former assistant coach at Montana State who left Bozeman a year ago, a few months after an arrest on charges he assaulted his former girlfriend.
Ryan Orton, 35, replaces Shane Rinner, an ace recruiter who was named head coach at Texas A&M International earlier this month after spending six seasons with the Seawolves.
In his second season with Montana State, Orton was placed temporarily on administrative leave after being arrested in January 2008. He was reinstated after two weeks and resigned at the end of the school year.
UAA athletic director Steve Cobb said he spoke at length with Montana State athletic director Peter Fields and feels comfortable with Orton’s hiring.
“I had a very long conversation with Peter Fields, I knew how detailed their investigation was, and I also had a long talk with Ryan,” Cobb said. “It’s unfortunate, it wasn’t anything I’m necessarily pleased by, but I don’t think it trumped his ability to coach.”
According to accounts in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Orton was arrested and charged with partner assault, criminal tampering with a communication device and surreptitious visual observation for his actions following a breakup with his girlfriend.
Orton pleaded not guilty to the charges. Cobb said Orton was found guilty of one or two misdemeanors, but didn’t have further details Tuesday.
“That was not enough, in my mind, for it to be an obstacle in his hiring,” Cobb said. “… I’m not concerned about it at all, or I wouldn’t have hired him.”
Orton is from Creswell, Ore., and played at Eastern Oregon University, an NAIA school.
He got his start in coaching Eastern Washington, where he worked in a variety of capacities from 1998-2003. He spent one season as the head coach at Lane Community College in Oregon, guiding a team that ranked third among 36 South Region teams in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) and was the highest scoring team in the region.
From there he was hired as an assistant at Northwest Nazarene, one of UAA’s rivals in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. He spent two seasons there and counted among his recruits Justin Parnell, the GNAC Freshman of the Year in 2007.
After his two seasons with Montana State, Orton did not coach collegiately last season.