Coach Shaka Smart announced the addition of David Cason to the Ram’s coaching staff this week. Cason will bring great skill to VCU’s coaching staff.
Cason replaces Mike Rhoades who now earned a head coach position at Rice University. Cason comes to be a Ram from Vanderbilt University after three successful seasons with the Commodores. Cason helped Vanderbilt earn an SEC Championship win for the first time in nearly 60 years in 2012. Additionally, the team then went on to earn a 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Cason will be great for VCU as he brings a new set of eyes to the team. He will be able to spot the weak areas of the team because he hasn’t been watching these players over and over like the rest of the coaching team. Cason will also be a great help to VCU’s success because he has proven his coaching talents with the universities he previously coached for. He consistently brought teams to conference championships and national tournaments. Cason also has a great track of coaching teams to winning records and in keeping them in the top tier of their conferences.
The Rams could use an assistant coach like Cason to come in and take the program to new heights. In 2010 FoxSports.com survey of conference USA head coaches named Cason the league’s top assistant coach. Being that Cason has worked for so many universities including University of Tulsa, North Carolina and Notre Dame, he will be able to bring a wide variety of new plays. Cason has the opportunity to take little pieces from every program he has worked for and bring them to help VCU create even more Havoc.
As for Cason’s basketball career he played two seasons at the College of Southern Idaho and then finished his career at Illinois State. Cason earned team MVP and Athlete of the Year with the Redbirds. Cason was all about assists as he still holds the all-time record for assists/game average with 6/game. In addition to that he also holds the record for the most assists in a single game with 16 in his senior year.
Cason joins Jeremy Ballard who he has already had experience coaching with and who he has a long standing friendship with. The mix of these two along with fellow assistant coach Mike Morrell and head coach Shaka Smart should be very successful.
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