July 18, 2011
WACO, Texas – Former Midwestern State and Abilene Christian head coach Grant McCasland has been named Baylor’s newest assistant men’s basketball coach, head coach Scott Drew announced Monday.
“We are extremely excited about Coach Grant McCasland choosing to return to his alma mater,” Drew said. “He has the reputation as an exceptionally hard-working coach who has won a national championship and helped take programs to previously unprecedented heights.
“The son of a former Baptist minister, Grant himself was offered a ministry opportunity,” Drew said. “He’s a family man, a strong Christian and has served as an outstanding example of Baylor University,” Drew said.
McCasland’s appointment comes nearly four months after he was named the 15th head men’s basketball coach in Abilene Christian history. He took the ACU job only seven days after his Midwestern State Mustangs appeared in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight for the second straight season.
“I’m blessed to have the opportunity for our family to come home to Baylor, to win in a program I was fortunate enough to play in and now fortunate enough to coach in,” McCasland said. “To work with a coach like Scott Drew is a dream come true.”
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 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.
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 1998 with a degree in entrepreneurship and management. He received his master’s degree from Texas Tech in 2001.
Drew also stated that Mark Morefield has resigned to pursue other basketball opportunities.