John Rillie Men's Basketball Coach


John Rillie is an Australian born Men's Basketball Coach. He was a player on the first Gonzaga University team to make the NCAA tournament and has extensive recruiting ties in his native Australia. Coach enjoyed a 15year professional playing career and transitioned perfectly to coaching in the NCAA.

Career Accomplishments

  • Eight of his nine seasons have resulted in 20+ wins as a Coach.
  • Team set an NCAA record for biggest turnaround in one season.
  • Has helped lead his teams to two NCAA Tournament appearances.
  • Mountain West Conference Champions (2014)
  • Played in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games

Coaching Experience

Associate Head Coach, UC Santa Barbara | 2018 - Present

Assistant Coach, UC Santa Barbara | 2017 - 2018

Assistant Coach, Boise State University | 2011 - 2017

Director of Basketball Operations, Boise State University | 2010 - 2011

Assistant Coach, Townsville Junior Basketball Association U16 | 2009 - 2010

John did a great job for us this past year,” Pasternack said. “His loyalty and experience in recruiting have made him invaluable to our program. He is a big part of our player development and on-court coaching in addition to his recruiting abilities, and he has absolutely earned this (promotion).”

-Joe Pasternack, Head Men's Basketball Coach | UC Santa Barbara

Playing Career

Gonzaga University | 1992 - 1995

NBL (Australia) | 1995 - 2010

  • NBL Rookie of the Year (1995)
  • NBL Champion (1998)
  • NBL First Team (2004)
  • Set an NBL playoff record with 10 made 3 pointers in one game

Australian National Team | 1997 - 2004

  • 2004 Athens Olympics
“I'm so grateful for the seven years that John has given to the BSU Basketball program... He has been instrumental in all of our successes. This will be a great step in building his resume."

-Leon Rice, Head Men's Basketball Coach | Boise State University

Family Life

Rillie and his wife Heidi have three children, Jaron, Kael and Halle.



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