Austin Shaver enters his third season as an assistant coach in 2013-14 and his fifth season overall on the Tribe staff. Prior to joining the Green and Gold, Austin, the son of head coach Tony Shaver, spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Hampden-Sydney for former Tribe assistant Dee Vick along with a year as a graduate assistant at VCU under Anthony Grant.
“Austin brings a familiarity with the league, our program and our players that further develops the cohesion of the Tribe program,” Tony Shaver said. “He has a variety of experiences that will make him a strong assistant, including time as a graduate assistant in the CAA, two years of coaching and recruiting experience at Hampden-Sydney as well as an understanding of the high school and AAU circuit in Virginia. He has worked under some great coaches, and his knowledge of the game and the W&M community will benefit our program.”
Shaver joined the Tribe staff in 2010-11 as the program’s director of basketball operations. He spent two seasons in that capacity before being promoted to the assistant coach position prior to the 2012-13 season. His current responsibilities with the Tribe include overseeing the team’s apparel and equipment purchasing and organizing, assisting with planning and coordination of practice, recruiting, working with the team’s big men and scouting.
During his first season as an assistant, W&M enjoyed one of the best turnarounds in program history during the 2012-13 season. And followed that up with W&M’s seventh 20-win season and the brink of the Green and Gold’s first NCAA Tournament in 2014, advancing to the CAA Championship Game. The Green and Gold finished third during the CAA regular season, the second-best finish in program history, and established school records for points scored, 3-point percentage, fewest turnovers per game and assist-to-turnover ratio.
Over the last two seasons, Shaver has overseen the development of the Tribe big men, including two-time All-CAA forward Tim Rusthoven. Rusthoven wrapped up his W&M career as one of just six players in program annals with 1,200 career points and 600 rebounds. Tribe big men have also received the team’s most improved player award each of Shaver’s two seasons. Rusthoven took home of the honor in 2012-13, while Sean Sheldon garnered the distinction in 2013-14 after increasing his production from freshman to sophomore year, playing more than five times as many minutes, scoring 14 times as many points and pulling down seven time as many rebounds.
Prior to joining the Green and Gold staff, Shaver spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Hampden-Sydney for former Tribe assistant Dee Vick. During his tenure at Hampden-Sydney, the Tigers returned to the semifinals of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship in 2009 and defeated two nationally-ranked top-20 programs in 2010. HSC also produced the program’s first-ever ODAC Rookie of the Year in Harrison George during the 2009-10 campaign. Shaver had a hand in recruiting a number of players on Hampden-Sydney’s current roster that finished among the top schools in the ODAC at 19-8 in 2011-12.
“The precision needed to recruit successfully at William and Mary is challenging to understand unless you work there or know people who have worked in that capacity. Austin has both of these advantages on his side,” Hampden-Sydney head coach Dee Vick said. “He made an incredible impact on our basketball program in two short years. Austin did a great job of evaluating talent and recruiting student-athletes. The guys he helped bring in have allowed our program to return to the top part of our league. Austin’s competitiveness and drive will further his impact on the Tribe program.”
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 serving as a head coach for the East Coast Fusion AAU program. Shaver also spent a summer coaching 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 Center for Sport Leadership graduate program, earning his master’s degree while working as a graduate assistant for the Colonial Athletic Association regular season champion Rams under current Alabama head coach Anthony Grant. Shaver co-directed the 2008 VCU Center for Sport Leadership International Showcase that brought in players fresh from college as well as agents from professional teams looking to offer contracts.
“Austin brings a tremendous passion and work ethic to his role as an assistant coach,” Alabama head coach Anthony Grant said. “His knowledge of the game and familiarity with the CAA and W&M’s system will allow him to hit the ground running. He is a great hire for William and Mary.”
Austin and his wife, Kelly, were married in June of 2010 and reside in Williamsburg. The couple had its first child, Braden, in October.