Baylor Assistant Grant McCasland to coach Arkansas State Red Wolves

Grant McCasland to take over Red Wolves basketball.

The Red Wolves have found their coach. Baylor assistant Grant McCasland is expected to take over the AState job once the Bears finish in the NCAA Tournament.

McCasland, a 1999 Baylor graduate, has prior head coaching experience. As head coach at then Division II Midwestern State he posted a 56-12 record in two seasons, taking them to the Division II Elite Eight in 2009 and 2010. He was 143-32 at Midland Junior College. Midland won the NJCAA National Championship in 2007, lost in in the championship game in 2009 and advanced to the Elite Eight in 2005. He served briefly at Abilene Christian before taking an assistant position at Baylor.

Baylor has enjoyed a high level of success in his five seasons as an assistant in Waco. Baylor is a five seed in the NCAA Tournament and will face Yale at 1:45 on Thursday. Last year Baylor earned a three seed but the Bears were upset by Sun Belt member Georgia State in their opening game. In 2014 Baylor defeated Nebraska and Creighton in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before falling to Wisconsin. The 2013 Bears were the first Big XII team to win the NIT defeating Long Beach State, Arizona State, Providence, BYU and Iowa to earn the championship. The 2012 Bears won 30 games defeating South Dakota State, Colorado, and Xavier before losing to eventual national champion Kentucky.

Bears Illustrated publisher Tim Watkins says his departure is a big loss for Baylor. He attributes Baylor’s improved game strategy to McCasland who he describes as a great X’s and O’s coach.