Coach Profiles: Peter Gash

Position: Assistant Coach
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Coaching Timeline

2007-2008: La Salle University Video Coordinator
2008-2009: Indiana University Graduate Assistant
2009-2014: Florida Atlantic University Director of Operations and Assistant coach
2014-2015: University of Florida Video Coordinator
2015-2017: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Assistant Coach
2017: University of Massachusetts Assistant Coach

Overview:

Gash may be one of the younger members of the staff, but his relationship with Matt McCall and the trust the two have built over the last eight years can not be understated. This is one of the main reasons that secured him perhaps the most integral coaching spot with the Minutemen as McCall’s right hand man.

His professional career started in the Atlantic-10 as a Video Coordinator for La Salle. After one year, he joined Tom Crean’s staff in his first year at the University of Indiana. The Hoosiers had a tumultuous 6-25 season as the historic program was in the midst of a rebuild.

Finally, Gash met McCall at Florida Atlantic and the rest is history. Here, he served as the Director of Operations before being promoted to Assistant Coach . Down the road, McCall left to rejoin his Alma mater at Florida, but Gash stayed at FAU for a few years continuing his role as an Assistant and making a huge contribution in terms of recruiting. Eventually, he decided to follow McCall to Florida although it was in a smaller role as a Video Coordinator. The excitement of continuing his relationship with McCall at an SEC powerhouse was too great of an opportunity to turn down.

After one season together at Florida, McCall accepted the head coaching job at Chattanooga and named Gash his assistant coach. The two had great success in their two years for the Mocks and arrive in Amherst as a duo once again.

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Quote: 

“Coach McCall has been more than a mentor to me, he believed in me on multiple occasions and I wish to pass that commitment and belief on to the kids we bring into the UMass community. I firmly believe we have the right plan for how to get UMass back to championship standards and I know Coach McCall will stop at nothing to ensure UMass will hang banners in the Mullins Center again.”

Quote from Daily Hampshire Gazette article http://www.gazettenet.com/UMass-officially-names-men-s-basketball-assistants-10949055 by Matt Vantour

 

Coach Profiles: Rasheen Davis

Position: Assistant Coach
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Coaching Timeline:

2007-08: University of Louisville program assistant
2008-09: University of Pittsburgh Video Coordinator
2010-12:  Xavier University  Assistant coach
2013-15 Manhattan College Associate Head coach
2015-16: Virginia Commonwealth University Assistant Coach
2017: University of Massachusetts Assistant Coach

Overview:

Davis brings a resume filled with success and impressive coaching mentors. He started his career at Louisville where the Cardinals recorded an Elite Eight appearance in his one season. There, he served as a program Assistant under Rick Pitino, who amid recent Adidas and recruiting scandals, was dismissed from the University. Despite this, it is undeniable that Pitino is one of the greatest college coaches of all time, as he is the only coach to lead two different schools (Louisville and Kentucky) to national championships and ranks 36th all time in career wins.

After one year, Davis moved to the Big East as a video coordinator for Pittsburgh. His one season at Pitt was also marked by an Elite Eight appearance in which the Panthers finished 31-5 and earned a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The Journeyman continued onto Xavier where he was given his first assistant coaching gig under Chris Mack. In his two year tenure the musketeers went to the NCAA tournament both times, compiling a 47-21 record and one Sweet sixteen birth.

Davis continued to move up the College basketball ladder and kept seeing success, this time at the University of Manhattan as Associate Head Coach. In two seasons the Jaspers were back to back Mid Atlantic Athletic Conference champions and reached two more NCAA tournaments.

Davis’ final stop before UMass was at Atlantic 10 foe Virginia Commonwealth. As Assistant Coach, his main role focused around recruiting and player development but he was also an integral piece of continuing VCU’s zone press and signature Havoc Defense developed under Shaka Smart. In Davis’ time, VCU finished 51-20 and had a pair of March Madness appearances.

In fact, since 2008 Davis has been involved or on the coaching staff of a team in postseason play and has never missed the big dance in his entire career.

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“Any time an opportunity knocks on your door, such as being employed at a place with such promise and rich tradition as the University of Massachusetts presents itself, you don’t walk through the door, you bust through it,”…“I’ve been fortunate enough to learn from some of the brightest coaches and administrators that intercollegiate athletics has to offer. Coach (Matt) McCall has had success and a complete understanding of what is required to shape the minds of our young people on our roster and our overall University of Massachusetts community.”

Quote from Daily Hampshire Gazette article http://www.gazettenet.com/UMass-officially-names-men-s-basketball-assistants-10949055 by Matt Vantour

 

Coach Profiles: Cliff Warren

Position: Associate Head Coach
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Playing Career:
1986-1990: Mount St. Mary’s University Guard

Coaching Timeline:
1994-97: Mount St. Mary’s University  Assistant Coach
1997-2000: Siena College Assistant Coach
2000-05: Georgia Institute of Technology Assistant Coach
2005-14: Jacksonville University Head Coach
2014-17: University of Maryland Director of operations, player personnel assistant coach
2017: University of Massachusetts Associate Head coach

Overview:

Warren is the longest tenured college coach for the Minuteman and his background will surely benefit a team dominated by youth this season. Additionally, Warren is the only coach on the staff to have played Division 1 College Basketball as he stared for Mount St Mary’s of the Northeast Conference. In his career, he averaged 10.4 points and 5 assists a game and led the mountaineers to their first winning season (16-12) in his senior campaign. These marks were good enough for top fifty in scoring and top five in assists in school history.

After his college career, Warren had a brief stint with the Frederick Flyers of the Atlantic Basketball Association before deciding to focus on a career in coaching. He began with a short internship with the Washington Wizards and just four years after he graduated, Warren returned to his alma mater at Mount. St Mary’s as an assistant coach under Jim Phelan. Phelan ranks fourteenth all time in the history of College basketball in career wins.

After 3 years, he moved to Siena College out of the Mid Atlantic Athletic Conference and served as Assistant Coach once again, this time under Paul Hewitt. In 2000, Hewitt left for Atlantic Coast Conference power Georgia Tech and Warren followed, helping lead them to a national championship appearance in 2004 against UConn and coaching the likes of Chris Bosh and Jarrett Jack (New York Knicks) along the way.

Finally, in 2005, Warren broke through to the head coaching ranks and moved to Jacksonville of the Atlantic Sun. In just 9 seasons, he would become the all time winningest coach in school history (126-150) and lead the team to back to back Conference championships from 2009-2011. Yet, his winning percentage was below average after a few seasons and the Dolphins elected to part ways, leading to his final stop before UMass.

At Maryland, he worked in a new role as Director of Operations and helped lead the Terrapins to three straight NCAA tournaments and seasons of 24+ wins. Additionally, he helped oversee the transition from the ACC to the Big Ten and contributed to the development of Melo Trimble, Jake Layman (Portland Trail Blazers), and Diamond Stone as a Player Personnel Assistant.

From his experience and reputation around the college basketball community, it is not surprising to see Warren involved in higher and International levels of the game. For example, he served as one of the Assistant Coaches on the 2011 USA Basketball U-19 team which featured players such as Tim Hardaway Jr (Atlanta Hawks), Jeremy Lamb, (New Orleans Hornets) and Doug Mcdermott (New York Knicks).  Additionally, two summers ago, Warren was one of four college coaches to participate in the Detroit Pistons NBA  free agent minicamp.

Quote:

“I am humbled and thankful for this opportunity to work with Matt McCall and for the University of Massachusetts,” Warren said. “I am excited to be working with such young, dynamic coaches and I believe our future as a program is bright. I am thrilled about the facilities that we have here and the athletic administration that supports our vision for this team.”

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Coach Profiles: Matt McCall

Position: Head Coach
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Originally, Pat Kelsey, the head basketball coach at Winthrop University, accepted an offer from UMass Athletic Director Ryan Bamford and was minutes away from officially being introduced as the next coach of UMass Mens Basketball. Yet, it wasn’t meant to be. In a shocking turn of events, Kelsey had a change of heart and decided to return to Winthrop for personal reasons as the search for a new coach continued. The Minuteman’s offseason was marked by the firing of long time coach and former point guard Derek Kellogg, a move that was questioned by many. Still, the bigger loss were the departures of the majority of the highly touted recruiting class that Kellogg brought to Amherst the year prior. The New Orleans and top one hundred duo of Dejon Jarreau and Brison Gresham left for Houston, a truly devastating move as they were the most coveted recruits in the class and seemed keen on sticking around. Additionally, starting small forward and crowd favorite Seth Berger transferred to Oregon State, while both Tyrn Flowers and Zach Coleman followed Kellogg To LIU Brooklyn. Finally, a key role player in Zach Lewis departed for Iona and once third team Atlantic-10 performer Donte Clark decided to forgo his senior season and take his talents to Coastal Carolina. After some more searching, Matt Mccall was selected and named Head Coach of the Minutemen on March 29, 2017. He is the 22nd Head Coach in Umass Basketball History.

Coaching Timeline:

2001-04: University of Florida Student manager
2004-06: University of Florida Graduate Assistant
2006-08: University of Florida Director of Operations
2008-2011: Florida Atlantic University Assistant Coach
2011-15: Florida University Assistant coach
2015-17: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Head Coach
2017: University of Massachusetts Head Coach

Overview:

McCall attended the University of Florida as an undergrad where he served as a student manager. After, he served as a Graduate Assistant for two years and was eventually promoted to Director of Operations, a role he worked for the same length of time. In this span, the Gators, coached By Billy Donovan, Captured back to back National Championships led by Al Horford (Boston Celtics), Corey Brewer (Los Angeles Lakers), Joakim Noah (New York Knicks), and Marreese Speights (Orlando Magic).

Following the 2007-2008 season, McCall was given the opportunity for his first official coaching job as an assistant with Florida Atlantic. Although, FAU’s record was not great in his time there, the Owl’s hit a high point in McCall’s final season in which the team was the Sun Belt Conference’s regular season champions with a 21-10 record and accepted a postseason bid to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT).

McCall had proved himself capable at FAU and In 2012, returned to Florida, now as an assistant coach. Over the next three years, the Gators had tremendous success as they were crowned SEC champions twice and reached two elite eight’s and one final four. Some of the notable players McCall helped develop in this time span included Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards) and Dorian Finney Smith (Dallas Mavericks) as well as many D league and international players such as Patric Young, Casey Prather and Scottie Wilbekin.

Billy Donovan left for the Oklahoma City Thunder after a mediocre final season in Gainesville and McCall followed suit, taking his first head coaching job at Chattanooga of the Southern Conference. In doing so, he became one of the youngest head coaches in all of College basketball. His first season was as good of a debut he could have asked for as the Mocks dominated the league with a 29-6 record and were both the Southern season and tournament Conference champions. In response, McCall was named the league’s coach of the year. Eventually, the Mocks were awarded an impressive 12 seed in the NCAA tournament but bowed out in the first round to an Indiana Hoosiers team with four future NBA players in Yogi Ferrell (Dallas Mavericks), OG Anunoby (Toronto Raptors) Troy Williams (Houston Rockets), and Thomas Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers). Last season, Chattanooga took a step down but still managed a 19-12 (10-8) record which was good for fourth in the conference. In his time there, McCall put together a cumulative record of 48-18 and a notable mark of 24-4 in home games.

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