The Rams lost to the Pepperdine Waves, 66-43, at Moby Arena.
Dick Lien begins his fifth year at Colorado State in 2011-12. Lien joined the Rams staff in 2007, bringing with him more than 42 years of coaching experience. Lien came to Fort Collins after coaching at Woodbury Senior High School in Woodbury, Minn., for the previous five years.
A native of Minnesota, Lien graduated from Moorhead State College in 1965 with a bachelor of science in physical education, before acquiring a master of science in special education from St. Cloud State College in 1969. Lien, who began coaching in 1965, brings a wealth of knowledge at the high school, college and international levels.
Lien enjoyed assistant coaching stints at the University of Houston (1995-98), where he helped guide the Cougars to a Co-SWC championship, and at Southern Methodist University (1994-95). At the University of Wyoming (1986-93), Lien's team qualified for the NCAA tournament twice and the NIT three times, and won the WAC tournament title on two occasions.
Lien also coached at the University of Minnesota (1979-80) helping to take the Golden Gophers to an NIT runner-up. Additionally, Lien spent three seasons as head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay after two years as an assistant. He also headed the program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College (Coon Rapids, Minn.) from 1978-79.
Lien also brings a wealth of international experience to Moby Arena. He served international stints as the head coach of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia national team (2001-02), which earned a silver medal in the Gulf Countries Championships. Lien also spent time as a basketball consultant for Split Club basketball programs in Split, Croatia (2002). In 2000, Lien was the head coach of the Basketball Federation of Denmark national team, leading the team to a FIBA Qualifying Tournament championship. Lien also spent one season as coach of the Siemens-Ghent Club in Ghent, Belgium (1998-99), and was head coach of the Oberwart Club in Oberwart, Austria (1993-94). Under Lien's guidance, Oberwart won the under 18 national championship of Austria. Lien's international experience began in 1984 as head coach of the Al Ahli Club in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (1984-85).