About the coach...
RUSTY BLAIR- MEN’S BASKETBALL
In his tenure as head coach Rusty has turned Cuesta College into a force in the state. He was named to lead the men's basketball program in June, 1992. In 1997, he led Cuesta College to its finest season ever, a 33-5 record and it’s only CCCAA State Finals appearance. He has led Cuesta to eleven 20-win seasons, ten Western State Conference titles and sixteen playoff berths in his twenty-four seasons as head coach. He was the WSC Coach of the Year in 1997, 1998, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015. Rusty has placed 89 of his student/athletes with scholarships at four-year colleges and universities, including 29 at the NCAA D-1 level.
Rusty came to Cuesta and took over the reins of the basketball program following
an extensive playing and coaching career. A 1968 graduate of San Luis Obispo High
School, where he was California State High School basketball player of the year and
1st team All American. He attended the University of Oregon, where he was a three-year
starter for the Ducks. He played professionally for 12 seasons in Europe beginning
in 1972 and returned briefly to the United States to serve as an assistant coach at
Cal Poly SLO. He returned to Europe to play full-time in Belgium and Holland from
1977 until 1985. He averaged 27.2 points and 10.4 rebounds as a
professional and in 1984-85 hit a Dutch record 95% of his free throws.
During the 1978-79 season, Rusty led Europe in scoring with 38.5 points
per game. Rusty coached several teams in Europe and while coaching in
Holland's top professional league in 1989 led his team to within one
game of the final eight of the European Championships. He received
Coach of the Year honors.
Rusty earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon
and his Master's and teaching credential from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
He and his wife, Kaatje, have two children, Casey and Kelly. They
live in San Luis Obispo. His daughter Kelly and his son Casey were
both all-conference basketball players at Cuesta.