Don Verlin

Head Men's Basketball Coach
Univeristy of Idaho


Reflections on a Career in Collegiate Sport

October 25th


Sacajawea Hall 115

Don Verlin joined the University of Idaho family as head coach of the Vandal men’s basketball team in March 2008 and brought an immediate change to a struggling program.


In his eight seasons with the Vandals, Verlin has won more games than any previous coach at Idaho, including four top-three conference finishes, three Postseason Tournaments, one appearance in the College Basketball Invitational, a 2-3 record against Associate Press Top-25 opponents and a 66-36 (.647) record in home games. Additionally, Verlin’s players have earned eight all-WAC honors, one all-Big Sky honor, one NABC All-District honor, one WAC Player of the Year, one honorable mention All-American honor and seven have gone on to play professionally.


Prior to coming to Idaho, Verlin was the longest tenured assistant coach in Utah State history and had served under Aggie head coach Stew Morrill for 15 years, which includes their four years together at Colorado State University. The offensive guru for the Aggies, Verlin was a key component in Utah State’s nine successive post-season appearances and nine-successive 20-plus-win seasons.


Prior to Utah State, Verlin spent two tenures at Colorado State, as he was an assistant at CSU during the 1992 season before moving to CSU Bakersfield for the 1993 and 1994 seasons. During his two seasons as an assistant in California, 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 four 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 an 81-23 record in his three years there and won two conference championships.

Verlin 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 at Roseville, Calif., Verlin graduated from Del Oro High School at Loomis, Calif. He and his wife, the former Serena Shumway, have one son, Jacob, and one daughter, Sydnee. He also has a twin brother, Ron.


Photo and Bio Courtesy of Idaho Vandal Athletics