The man who was the driving force behind the Arkansas State Red Wolves coaching search, athletic director Terry Mohajir, called for the big eraser the press conference to introduce new Red Wolves coach Grant McCasland on Wednesday.
“We have an opportunity to change the culture and that is exactly where we are going to do, ‘’ Mohajir told a near capacity crowd in the Convocation Center’s auditorium. “I want everyone to delete the pictures they have had in their head of the past two years. We want to clear it and create and new picture of what you want the future to be.
“We have the right coach at the right time and it starts today, it starts here and it starts now. [watch Mohajir's post-press conference comments here]
While Mohajir requested the slate to wiped clean, it is up to McCasland, a 17-year coaching veteran who has a 199-44 record as a head coach and has spent the last five seasons on the staff at Baylor, to do the rebuilding.
“It is clear to me what the expectations are,’’ said McCasland. “We are going to win here.”
But before he gets the opportunity the write the latest chapter in his coaching career he must wrap up his time at Baylor, where he plans on finishing as the Bears compete in the NCAA tournament.
“I will have a red tie on the (Baylor) bench representing A-State,’’ he said. “It is a great way to us to start because that is where we want to get, the NCAA tournament.”
Before Baylor, McCasland spent two seasons as head coach at Midwestern (Texas) State, posting a 56-12 record. In 2011, he was the Lone Star Conference (LSC) South Division and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) South Region Coach of the Year with a 25-9 team that won the Division II South Central Region and reached the Division II Elite Eight. The previous season Midwestern State won the South title, the LSC Tournament championship, the South Central Region championship and a berth in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
Before Midwestern State, McCasland spent five seasons at Midland (Texas) College. In 2004-05, Midland won the Region V championship and trip to the NJCAA Elite Eight. Two seasons later, the Chaps won the national championship. In his final season in Midland (2008-09), they were 33-4 and lost in the national championship game.