|HEAD COACH SHANE PABEN|
Shane Paben joins the Eagles coaching staff for his first year as the Chadron State head men's basketball coach in the 2020-21 season.
Paben’s previous coaching stop was at Bellevue University, just outside of Omaha, where he led the Bruins to 10 consecutive NAIA tournaments, 10 straight regular season conference titles, and six conference tournament titles in 11 seasons. His teams finished nationally ranked each season. Paben brings a career head coaching record of 275-100.
The four-time conference coach of the year has mentored 20 First Team All-Conference players, 10 who received honorable mention, six conference newcomers of the year, four defensive players of the year, and two most valuable players. In addition, his players have received eight All-America awards and four for All-America honorable mention.
On top of his teams’ success on the court, Paben’s student-athletes achieved milestones in the classroom as well. While he was head coach at Bellevue, he implemented an Academic Support Center for all the athletic programs. As a result, his players earned 14 conference scholar-athlete awards, increasing the number of Academic All-Americans and All-Conference student-athletes in program history by more than double. His 2016-17 team earned the NABC and NAIA team academic awards.
Prior to Bellevue, Paben was an assistant coach at Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma and Morningside College in Iowa. Both programs sent teams to the NAIA championships and received top-15 rankings during his tenure.
He was also a successful high school boys basketball coach from 1996-2004, before embarking on a collegiate coaching career.
Paben graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1997, and he received his master’s in 2007 from the University of South Dakota.
Paben is married to Dr. Michelle Burns, and he has two sons, Drew and Will.