Friday, April 17, 2009

Midwestern State names new basketball coach

MSU picks McCasland as coach
Grant McCasland, who led Midland College to a junior college national championship two years ago, has accepted the position of head basketball coach at Midwestern State University. MSU Athletic Director Charlie Carr said McCasland will be introduced at a press conference today.

“We just felt like he was such a good fit for our program and what we are trying to do,” Carr said. “He has a great passion for the game, and he came across as having a great passion for the kids in the meetings he had with them.”

McCasland replaces Jeff Ray, who stepped down as head coach following the 2008-09 Lone Star Conference championship season to become life skills coordinator at the school. Ray is also the men’s golf coach and will head up the new women’s golf program.

The other known finalists for the job were Sam Houston assistant coach Jason Hooten and SMU assistant Steve Lutz.

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