JONESBORO – Grant McCasland, a 17-year coaching veteran holding a 199-44 (.819) record as a head coach, is the 15th head men’s basketball coach in school history at an introductory press conference Wednesday morning at the Convocation Center. "He is coming from a program that carried out one of the nation’s biggest turnarounds and then sustained its success," said ASU AD Terry Mojahir. "We have high expectations for our men’s basketball program, and we believe Coach McCasland has the skills, drive and determination to build a consistent championship-caliber program here at Arkansas State."
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.
"The biggest thing in starting new with a program is making sure that our players, and new guys that will be joining us, know that this is going to be a family," McCastland said. "We’re going to do it the right way and we’re going to care about winning, making sure our guys graduate, and that they know the expectation of them is not only on the court and in the classroom, but that they are growing as men."
Working on head coach Scott Drew’s 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 12’s first NIT championship and Baylor’s first postseason tournament title in its 107-year history.