April 15, 2011
NASHVILLE - Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings has announced that David Cason (Kay-Sahn) has joined his basketball staff after spending the last six seasons at the University of Tulsa. Cason replaces King Rice, who was named the head coach at Monmouth University earlier this month.
Stallings and Cason are very familiar with each other - Cason was a guard on Stallings' Illinois State teams from 1993-95, where he led the Missouri Valley Conference in assists both seasons and also guided his team to a 20-13 record and an NIT appearance as a senior. In his senior season, Cason was named the Team MVP and the Redbirds' Athlete of the Year, and also established the school's single-game assists record with 16 in his senior campaign. He is still the Redbirds' all-time leader in career assists per game with 6.0.
Cason also played one season at Illinois State with current basketball staff member Dan Muller.
Cason played his first two seasons of college basketball (1991-93) at the College of Southern Idaho.
"I've known David for a long time, and he was actually my first recruit at Illinois State," said Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings. "He has worked his way up in the business, and done very well at every stop. He brings a wealth of different experiences and a reputation that we're excited to have on our staff. He's an excellent recruiter, a tremendous on-the-floor coach, and he does a great job scouting opponents. We're really excited to have him on our staff, and expect that he will make terrific contributions to our program for as long as he's here."
Cason spent the last six seasons at the University of Tulsa on head coach Doug Wojcik's staff, including the last three as the associate head coach. In his six years at Tulsa, the Golden Hurricane posted an overall 123-78 record, advanced to the Conference USA Championship Game twice, won the inaugural post-season College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Championship in 2008 and made appearances in the 2009 and 2010 NIT post-season tournaments. During his tenure, the Hurricane posted four straight 20-win seasons (2007-10) and won 25 games in 2008 and 2009.
Prior to his arrival at Tulsa, he spent two seasons on the TCU coaching staff, and helped the Horned Frogs reach the postseason (NIT) in the 2004-05 campaign. Before that, Cason spent the summer of 2003 serving as an assistant coach at Manhattan College.
From 2001-03, Cason served as the Director of Basketball Operations at the University of North Carolina. During that time, the Tar Heels sported a 53-43 record and reached the NCAA second round in 2001 while finishing with a 26-7 record. UNC advanced to the NIT in 2003 and finished the year with a 19-16 overall mark.
Prior to his time at North Carolina, he spent one season at Notre Dame and helped the Fighting Irish post a 22-15 record and earn a berth in the NIT Championship game.
"It was tough leaving Tulsa, but there are not too many times that you get an opportunity to work for your college coach at a great institution like Vanderbilt," said Cason. "I've had some overtures in the past, but for me, the deciding factor was a familiarity with the guys I know at Vanderbilt, who have always looked out for me in my career. My family and I are ready to embrace the city of Nashville and Vanderbilt University."
As a high school senior, Cason earned first-team all-metro honors and was one of 10 prep athletes to participate in a Foreign Exchange Program in Odessa, Moscow, Russia. In his junior season, Cason helped lead his Southern High School team to the Baltimore City Championship with a win over powerful Baltimore Dunbar High School.
Cason earned his bachelor's degree in recreation management from Illinois State. He and his wife, Tamara, have three children: daughters Da-Via and Taylor, and one son, DJ.