Jase Coburn | Assistant Coach
Jase Coburn joined the Portland State basketball staff prior to the 2013-14 season. He came to the Park Blocks with nine years of coaching experience, and now begins his sixth season with the Vikings. Coburn is Head Coach Barret Peery’s top assistant after spending four seasons under previous Coach Tyler Geving.
“With Jase, I get an experienced coach who I have known for a long time. We have several mutual friends who make it a great transition for me to understand who he is and what he is about. I think he is a fantastic teacher of the game and a relentless worker,” Peery said.
Coburn has played an instrumental role in recruiting, particularly with the addition of top scorer DaShaun Wiggins, transfers Calaen Robinson and Cameron Forte, and other Arizona prospects Brendan Rumel, Tyrell Henderson and Holland Woods.
Prior to coming to Portland State, Coburn was an assistant at Howard (TX) Junior College. Howard 53-14 over the two seasons he was there, winning an NJCAA Region 5 Championship and reaching the NJCAA National Tournament final eight. Howard was a top-10 ranked program those two seasons.
Prior to working at Howard JC, Coburn was the Head Coach at McClintock High School in Tempe, AZ from 2007 to 2011. At 23, he was one of the youngest head coaches ever to be hired in Arizona, and by 26 had led the team to a state title. Coburn’s 2009-10 team won the 4A state championship, and two other times his teams reached the quarterfinals. He was the consensus Arizona 4A Coach of the Year in 2009-10. Overall, his teams compiled a 74-39 record.
Coburn was an assistant coach at Phoenix College from 2005 to 2007 when the team twice reached the national tournament. He spent one season as an assistant coach at Corona del Sol (AZ) HS in 2004-05. He has also coached AAU basketball (Arizona Rage, 2003-07; and Compton Magic, 2011) and worked numerous camps and clinics over the years.
A native of Mesa, AZ, Coburn played basketball at Mesquite High School and MiraCosta College. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education-History from Arizona State (2006).
Chris Skinkis | Assistant Coach
Chris Skinkis joined the Portland State Basketball staff in 2016 as an assistant coach. Skinkis had spent 10 seasons in collegiate coaching at the Division I, Division II and junior college levels.
Skinkis came to PSU after two seasons as an assistant coach at North Carolina Central. Although he was originally hired by previous coach Tyler Geving at PSU, Skinkis spent three seasons as an assistant to Head Coach Barret Peery at at Indian Hills (IA) Community College. Peery retained Skinkis when he took over in April.
“Chris is a guy who has already been a part of my family on a different staff having worked for me three years in Iowa,” Peery said. “I know exactly what I am getting on and off the court. He is a guy who knows me as well as anyone and how I want to do things on a daily basis.”
Skinkis also had tenures at College of Eastern Utah, Lewis University and St. Norbert College.
Skinkis is renowned for his recruiting abilities. In three seasons at Indian Hills, he had three recruiting classes that went on to produce 23 Division I players. IHCC was ranked number one each season and played for the national championship in 2014. The program was 93-11 in his three seasons at the school.
Similarly, at Skinkis’ prior stop, College of Eastern Utah was 23-8 in his only season.
Originally from the state of Wisconsin, Skinkis earned a degree in Sports Management from Wisconsin-Parkside in 2006, then a Masters degree at Lewis University in 2010.
Zach Payne | Assistant Coach
Portland State Head Basketball Coach Barret Peery added Zach Payne to his staff as an assistant coach in June.
Payne came to Portland State after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Western Oregon. He had recently been elevated to the role of Associate Head Coach at WOU. Payne has been part of a program that has compiled an 49-15 record over the past two seasons, 32-8 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, and won the GNAC regular season and tournament titles in 2017-18.
“We are really excited about Zach’s energy and passion for coaching basketball,” said Peery. “Everyone who knows him or has come in contact with him knows how great he is as a person and a coach.
“The other part I really like about Zach is what I liked about our recruits this year; Zach has been a winner and is used to winning wherever he has been. That’s very important for us as we continue to add pieces to our program.”
Payne helped coach a Western Oregon team that finished 31-2 this past season and was ranked as high as third in the nation at the NCAA II level.
“This was a really good opportunity to join a program on the rise in the Big Sky Conference and on the west coast. I am really happy to join a great coach, great people and a great staff,” said Payne of his move to Portland State. “I am excited to be a part of the culture Coach Peery has created and play my role.”
Prior to working at Western Oregon, Payne spent three seasons at Whitworth University. The Pirates were 74-12 those three seasons, winning three Northwest Conference regular season and tournament titles and advancing all three years to the NCAA III Tournament.
Originally from Danville, CA, Payne attended De La Salle High School where he earned East County All-Star honors for one of the nation’s top teams. He went on to play two seasons at Diablo Valley College, then finished his career at Whitworth. Payne earned a degree in Business Administration from Whitworth.
Scott Sommer | Director of Basketball Operations
Scott Sommer joined Portland State as the new director of basketball operations prior to the start of the 2018-19 season. He previously worked as the DOBO for Cal State Northridge men's basketball from 2016-18.
Prior to his time at CSUN, Sommer had been an assistant coach for one season at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, MS. That team enjoyed an outstanding 16-win campaign, capping it off with a Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges South Division Championship.
Sommer completed a host of responsibilities at PRCC including handling recruitment, scouting and administration with the team. He also helped PRCC host an inaugural Thanksgiving Shootout, district all-star games and a variety of fundraising promotions.
Prior to his time with Pearl River, Sommer served as a recruiting analyst and publisher for Scout.com and he coordinated events and compiled recruitment information for West Coast Hoops.
Sommer has also handled administrative responsibilities at premier national basketball camps such as Hoop Group Elite and West Virginia Jam Fest while he has coached at camps including at the University of Oregon.
A native of San Diego, Sommer is a graduate of Xavier University with a degree in Sport Management (2011). An accomplished student, Sommer was a member of the Mortar Board Honor Society while attending Xavier.