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Casey Shaw joined the Vanderbilt basketball staff in April of 2016 as an assistant coach after a successful playing career as a professional athlete in the NBA/FIBA and as a student-athlete at the University of Toledo.
“Coach Shaw is a former NBA draft pick who has a wealth of experience and knowledge from his playing career and through the relationships he has made in the NBA,” said Drew. “Being 6'10, he will be outstanding in working with our post players and developing them.”
Shaw’s wealth of basketball experience began in 1998 when he was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 37th overall pick after a stellar four-year career at Toledo, where he ranks sixth all-time with 1,562 points and fifth with 871 rebounds. He also ranks second in Toledo history with 107 blocked shots and sixth in field goal percentage (.546). He was named second team All-MAC in 1996-97 and 1997-98, and made the MAC All-Freshman team in 1994-95. He also was an outstanding student, earning third-team Academic All-America honors as a senior in 1997-98, and making the Academic All-MAC team in his junior and senior seasons.
After a stint in the NBA, Shaw began what became an 11-year international professional career in 2000 with stops in the Italian and Spanish leagues along the way.
“Having the opportunity to play professional basketball for 13 seasons was a dream come true and I am thankful that I can now use all those years of experience to be a better coach for players who hope to realize that same dream after their Vanderbilt playing days are over,” said Shaw.
Prior to his arrival in Nashville, Shaw worked at Balasa Dinverno Foltz, LLC, in Chicago, where he served as the Director of the Professional Athlete Service Team, providing business, career, and investment guidance to professional athletes. He is also a member of the National Board of Directors for the NBA Retired Players Association, which assists NBA players in their transition from playing to life after the game.
On the court, Shaw was the Director and Head Coach of the Athletes in Action Basketball Camp from 2003-2010, served as a Global All-Star Challenge Head Coach in 2012, and coached the Midwest Elite AAU team in Merrillville, Ind., in 2013 and the 180 Elite AAU team out of Chicago from 2015-16. In addition, he served as a National Basketball Developmental League Tryouts Coach and was a member of the NBA Assistant Coaches Program in 2014.
Shaw graduated with an undergraduate degree in Physical Education, from the University of Toledo, in 1997, and a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from the Moody Graduate School in Chicago, Ill., in 2011. He also graduated from the Northwestern University School of Continuing and Professional Education to become a Certified Financial Planner in 2012.
Shaw and his wife, Dana, have four children, Anna (15), Isaiah (14), Caleb (13), and Luke (10).
The Shaw File
High School: Lebanon High School
Moody Theological Seminary (2009-11)
Northwestern University School of Continuing and Professional Education (2011-12)
Education: B.A., Education, 1997; Master in Biblical Studies, 2011; Certified Financial Planner Certification (2012)
1994-98 - Toledo
1999 - Philadelphia 76ers
1999-00 - Tisettanta Cantu (Italy)
2000-01 - Telit Trieste (Italy)
2001 - Wurth Roma (Italy)
2001-02 - Armani Jeans Milano (Italy)
2002 - Sacramento Kings
2004-05 - Eurofiditalia R. Calabria (Italy)
2005-06 - Caja Banca (Spain)
2006-07 - Tisettanta Cantu (Italy)
2007-08 - Armani Jeans Milano (Italy)
2008-10 - Scavolini Spar Pesaro (Italy)
2010-11 - Banca Tercas Teramo (Italy)
Hometown: Lebanon, Ohio
Children: Anna (15), Isaiah (14), Caleb (13), and Luke (10)