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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Scott Rueck, who has spent the past 14 seasons at George Fox University, was named women's basketball coach at Oregon State.

Rueck, an Oregon native and Oregon State alum, was 288-88 over his tenure at George Fox, a Division III Christian college in Newberg, Ore. The Bruins won the Division III national championship in 2009.

He takes over for LaVonda Wagner, who was fired after five years with the Beavers amid reports of player mistreatment.

Wagner went 68-85 in five seasons as coach of the Beavers. Oregon State was 11-20 overall and 2-16 in the Pacific-10 Conference last season.

Four players, including top scorer Talisa Rhea and top rebounder Kirsten Tilleman, were granted their release from the program in the space of a week in April. An assistant, Kellee Barney, also left the program this spring.

Two additional players left the program during the season, which was marked by a 17-game losing streak. Another player requested her release on June 1, when Wagner was dismissed.

While none of the players spoke of physical abuse, several told The Oregonian newspaper that they were told to play or practice hurt and subjected to verbal abuse. A report in the Corvallis Gazette-Times included allegations that the team was forced to practice as many as eight hours a day over Christmas break.

Rueck has his job cut out for him: Just five players are currently on the team, two from last season, two incoming freshman and a junior college transfer.

The Beavers will introduce Rueck at a news conference on Thursday.

Coach Rueck brings an impressive set of credentials to the position, including a NCAA national championship, athletic director Bob De Carolis said in a statement. As a native Oregonian and Beaver alumnus, he has an extensive network of relationships that have been built over the years. He has earned the respect of the basketball community in the Northwest through hard work and integrity and we look forward to him leading our program.

In addition to the national title, Rueck took the Bruins to six overall NCAA Division III tournament appearances, advancing to the round of 16 five times, and three times to the round of eight. George Fox won the Northwest Conference Championships seven times.

The Bruins finished 28-3 overall last season.

Rueck, 40, was named NCAA Division III coach of the year in 2009.

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