Position: Assistant Coach
Oskars Ernsteins joined the Anderson coaching staff as strength and conditioning coach/assistant coach in September, 2011 after completing his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at Anderson in May.
Ernsteins began his collegiate career at Cart Albert State College in Oklahoma, where he earned his associate degree in Health, Personal Education and Recreation. From Carl Albert he transferred to Anderson where he helped the Trojans claim their first-ever NCAA Regional championship. During his playing career, Ernsteins was a three-point threat, connecting on 238 3-pointers while shooting nearly 44 percent. In the summer of 2009, he helped lead Latvia to a 12th-place finish in the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia, while leading the team with 3.17 treys per game.
A native of Riga, Latvia, Ernsteins has served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Latvian men`s national basketball team, helping prepare them for the European Championships, where they faced players such as Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, Andrea Bargnani and others. After that he served as a head strength and conditioning coach at a pre-season camp for BK Sokhumi Tbilisi in Georgia, Europe.
“We are very blessed to have Oskars back,” said head coach Jason Taylor. “He will make an immediate impact on our program as our strength and conditioning coach. He was a great player for us and he is already a great young coach.”
Ernsteins is the son of Raimonds Ernsteins and Ruta Ernsteina and has an older sister Laura.