Tribe Basketball Announces Addition of Director of Basketball Operations
Williamsburg - William and Mary basketball program announces the addition of Austin Shaver to its coaching staff. He will serve as the Tribe’s Director of Basketball Operations and his responsibilities will include film exchange, team travel, facilities, camp and equipment. Shaver takes over the post previously held by Kevin Snyder, who is now an assistant coach at Williams College.
“I am proud and excited of all the experience that Austin will add to our program,” head coach Tony Shaver said. “He has a diverse background having worked for quality collegiate programs under Coach Dee Vick at Hampden-Sydney and Coach Anthony Grant at VCU as well as gaining experience both at the high school and AAU levels. Austin will continue to work hard and be loyal to William and Mary.”
Austin, the son of head coach Tony Shaver, joins the Green and Gold after serving the last two seasons as an as-sistant coach at Hampden-Sydney for former Tribe assistant Dee Vick. Prior to his time at Hampden-Sydney, Shaver spent one season (2007-08) as a graduate assists at VCU under current Alabama head coach Anthony Grant.
During his tenure at Hampden-Sydney, the Tigers were 27-27. HSC finished the 2008-09 season at 14-14 overall record and advanced to the semifinals of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship. This past season, the Tigers were 13-13 overall with a pair of upsets over top 20 teams in the country. Hampden-Sydney notched a win over then-No. 11 Eastern Mennonite, before knocking off then-No. 16 Randolph-Macon on the road. Over the two seasons, three Tigers earned All-ODAC honors, including the program’s first-ever league rookie of the year in Harrison George during the 2009-10 campaign.
Shaver graduated in 2007 from the University of Virginia with a degree in Psychology. During his senior year at UVa, Shaver was an assistant coach at perennial Virginia Independent Schools power, Miller School while also serving as a head coach for the East Coast Fusion AAU program. Shaver has also worked with the touted Boo Williams AAU organization that consistently develops the top basketball talent in the state of Virginia.
Upon graduation from UVa, Shaver joined the VCU SportsCenter gradu¬ate program and worked as a graduate assistant for the Colonial Athletic Association regular season champion Rams and Coach Grant. Shaver co-directed the 2008 VCU SportsCenter International Showcase that brought in players fresh from college as well as agents from professional teams looking to offer professional contracts.