After successful stints as head coach at Midland College and Midwestern State, former Baylor letterwinner Grant McCasland is in his fourth season as an assistant coach on Scott Drew's staff. McCasland most recently was the head coach at Abilene Christian for two months after spending two seasons at Midwestern State.
In his first season as an assistant coach at Baylor in 2011-12, the Bears made history by winning a school-record 30 games and advancing to the NCAA Tournament South Region Final for the second time in three seasons. The Bears were ranked throughout the season for the first time in program history, reaching as high as No. 3 in the polls and never dropping lower than 14th. Following the record-breaking season, Baylor had a program-record three players selected in the 2012 NBA Draft (Perry Jones III, Quincy Acy, Quincy Miller).
A year later the Bears made more history by becoming the first Big 12 team to claim an NIT title. Baylor went on a five-game run that culminated with a 20-point win over Iowa in the championship game. The championship game was BU's nation-best 28th on the ESPN family of networks during the season, and for the first time in program history every game was televised in 2012-13.
Pierre Jackson was selected in the following summer's NBA Draft, giving the Bears four draftees in 2012-13, which ranked third nationally behind only Kentucky and North Carolina.
Baylor used a late season surge to reach the 2014 Sweet 16, becoming one of just 12 teams nationally to reach three Sweet 16s over the last five years. The Bears also advanced to the Big 12 Championship title game and posted 26 wins.
PRIOR TO BAYLOR In two seasons at Midwestern State, McCasland posted a combined 56-12 mark. In 2009-10, he led Midwestern State to the Lone Star Conference South Division title, the LSC Tournament championship, the NCAA Division II South Central Region championship and a berth in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight. In 2010-11, McCasland's Mustangs finished 25-9, won the NCAA Division II South Central Region title and again reached the NCAA Division II Elite Eight. The Mustangs were knocked out of the national tournament with a 70-64 loss to eventual national champion Bellarmine.
McCasland was the LSC South Division Coach of the Year and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) South Central Region Coach of the Year in 2010.
Prior to his tenure at Midwestern State, McCasland spent five highly successful seasons as the head coach at Midland (Texas) College, taking over the program prior to the 2004-05 season. In his first season as the head coach in 2004-05, the Chaps won the Region V championship and advanced to the NJCAA Elite Eight. In 2006-07, the Chaps finished 29-8 and won the national championship, and in McCasland's final season in Midland (2008-09), the Chaps finished 33-4 and lost in the national championship game. In his five seasons at Midland, McCasland racked up a record of 143-32 and earned district, region and national coach of the year honors.
Prior to his six seasons at Midland College, McCasland spent two seasons (2001-02 and 2002-03) as the assistant coach at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo. McCasland's college coaching career began in Lubbock, Texas, where he spent two seasons (1999-2000 and 2000-01) as the Director of Basketball Operations on James Dickey's staff at Texas Tech.
PERSONAL McCasland earned Academic All-Big 12 honorable mention honors in 1999 after playing for four years under head coach Harry Miller. He graduated from Baylor in 1999 with a degree in entrepreneurship and management. He received his master's degree from Texas Tech in 2001.
Grant and his wife, Cece, have four children: daughters Amaris and Jersey and sons Jett and Beckett.