McCasland Named Head Coach
Arkansas State Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir announced Grant McCasland, a 17-year coaching veteran holding a 199-44 (.819) record as a head coach, as the 15th head men's basketball coach in school history at an introductory press conference. read more
Grant McCasland was named the 15th head coach in Arkansas States history on March 16, 2016.A 17-year coaching veteran, McCasland holds a 199-44 (.819) record as a head coach at the junior college and NCAA Division II levels.
McCasland spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach at Baylor, helping lead the Bears to NCAA?Tournament appearances in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Prior to Baylor, he spent two seasons as the head coach at Midwestern State and led the program to back-to-back Elite Eight appearances in the NCAA Division II?Tournament. McCasland also has head coaching experience at the junior college level, leading Midland College to the 2007 NJCAA national championship.
Working on head coach Scott Drews staff at Baylor, McCasland has helped the Bears average 26 wins per year, posting a 125-55 record, including a 10-3 postseason mark. The Irving, Texas native helped Baylor rise to national prominence with five 20-win seasons, five postseason appearances, the Big 12s first NIT championship and Baylors first postseason tournament title in its 107-year history.
In his final season at Baylor he helped lead the club to a program best third straight NCAA Tournament apperance. The Bears posted a 22-11 mark this season, playing 18 games against teams that are in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
Associate Head Coach
Ross Hodge is in his first season as Associate Head Coach on coach Grant McCaslands staff at Arkansas State.
Hodge, named the No. 6 recruiter in an ESPN.com top-10 list of recruiters outside the high resource conferences, joined the A-State coaching staff after four seasons with head coach Larry Eustachy at Colorado State. Hodge, labeled as the No. 14 recruiter in a CoachStat.net top-25 list of coaches outside of the high resource conferences, served as the lead recruiter at Colorado State and helped the Rams to an 87-48 record over his four-year stint. During his time at Colorado State, the Rams advanced to postseason play twice, including the NCAA Tournament in 2013.
This past season, the Rams posted an 18-16 record and completed a four-year stretch with 87 wins, the most in program history. Colorado State has led the Mountain West in scoring each of the past two seasons, ranking 36th nationally in 2015-16 averaging 79.4 points. The Rams posted a program-best 27-7 record in 2014-15, ending the year in the NIT for the fifth postseason appearance in six seasons. Colorado State, which was ranked in top-25 polls for the second time in three seasons, opened the season with the program-best 14-0 mark.
James Miller is in his first season as assistant coach with A-State mens basketball and coach Grant McCasland.
Miller comes to the Red Wolves family after one season as assistant coach at University of Nebraska Omaha under head coach Derrin Hansen. The Mavericks ended the 2015-16 campaign with an 18-14 record and appeared in the second postseason tournament in the Division I era of the program with the invite to the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).
Omaha, which ranked fourth nationally in scoring offense (85.3 PPG), finished third in the Summit League with a record of 10-6 and was one of three teams to advance to postseason play. The Mavericks also ranked fifth nationally in steals per game (9.4) and were 12th nationally in turnovers forced per game (15.8).
Jareem Dowling is in his first season as assistant coach at Arkansas State.
Dowling brings 10 years of collegiate coaching experience to the bench at A-State. He most recently served as the head coach of the Scotland Performance Institute (SPI), a prep school in Scotland, Pa. While with SPI, Dowling developed several players that went on to earn college scholarships, including three that signed with Division I programs. SPI posted a 19-11 record in its first year and won the 2016 Slam City Championship.
Prior to SPI, Dowling spent three seasons at Southern Miss as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He helped the Golden Eagles post a three-year record of 65-37 (.637) and earned a pair of postseason berths. Three players during that span garnered All-Conference USA honors.
In 2013-14, Southern Miss posted a school record 29 wins, claimed a share of the Conference USA regular season championship, posted a perfect 15-0 record at Reed Green Coliseum and made its second straight trip to the NIT Quarterfinals. The 2012-13 campaign saw Southern Miss post a 27-10 record and capture the first postseason victories since 1988 as Southern Miss made a trip to the NIT Quarterfinals.
Director of Operations
Hunter Taylor is in his first season as the Red Wolves director of basketball operations.
As the Red Wolves director of basketball operations, Taylors responsibilities include handling the programs daily operations, coordinating travel itineraries, assisting with scouting videos and overseeing the teams student managers. He will also oversee the overall operation of basketball camps.
Taylors collegiate background includes the last three seasons as a graduate assistant under head coach Scott Drew at Baylor. In those three seasons, the Bears made three-straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament, a program first. He assisted the Baylor staff, which included McCasland, with film breakdown, scouting reports and individual workouts.