HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-After two solid years of serving as assistant coach for the Hampden-Sydney basketball program, Austin Shaver will move into the Division I ranks as the Director of Basketball Operations at the College of William and Mary. Shaver will team up with his father and Hampden-Sydney Hall of Fame coach Tony Shaver for the first time. With the Tigers, Shaver was one of the main recruiters and film editors, while also assuming traditional coaching duties.
"Austin's move to William and Mary is bitter sweet for me," commented Vick - a former William and Mary assistant - on his assistant's departure. "I know I am losing a big part of our program as Austin's contributions and loyalty to the Tiger program are immeasurable.
"Expectations for this season are high and much of that credit goes to Austin and the job he has done with recruiting, film editing and other day to day responsibilities," Vick added.
Prior to his stint at Hampden-Sydney, Shaver was a graduate assistant under Anthony Grant at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Shaver's move to Division I is not a shock to Vick, who knows well the opportunities Hampden-Sydney assistants have moved on to. "Hampden-Sydney has had some impressive assistants move on to become head coaches at all levels," he stated. "Kevin Garst is the head coach at Salem High School; Russell Turner, former NBA assistant, is now the head coach at the University of Cal-Irvine; Chad Warner is the head coach at Shorter College; and Bubba Smith is now the head coach at the University of the South (Sewanee)."
Vick and the Tigers enter 2010 seeking the program's 11th Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship. They open on November 19 against Methodist College in the Hampden-Sydney Tip-Off Tournament.