Dayton women’s basketball hires new assistant coach

June 19, 2018
Staff Writer
Dayton huddles before a NCAA tournament game against Marquette on Friday, March 16, 2018, at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. David Jablonski/Staff

The Dayton Flyers women’s basketball program announced the hiring of a new assistant coach Tuesday: DeAntoine "Cat" Beasley, who played for a Tennessee Tech team that beat the Dayton men in the second round of the  2002 NIT at UD Arena.

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“I want to thank coach (Shauna) Green for this great opportunity,” Beasley said in a press release. “My family and I are very excited and grateful to join the Flyer family. Throughout the process, the entire staff and players went out of their way to make me feel comfortable and welcomed. Dayton has an impeccable reputation for success and I will do whatever is needed to help uphold that.”

Beasley replaces Simon Harris, who left earlier this spring for an assistant coaching job at North Carolina State. Beasley’s last job was with the Gardner-Webb men's basketball team. He spent three seasons there.

“We are thrilled to welcome DeAntoine to our Flyer family,” Green said in a press release. “His experience at a variety of levels as well as his professional playing career will help our program tremendously. His basketball knowledge, ability to build relationships, and tireless work ethic will make an immediate impact. I am excited to have Cat and his family in Dayton.”

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Beasley worked as an assistant coach at Penascola State College (Fla.) in 2013-14. He worked at Chattanooga (Tenn.) from 2011-2013. He previously coached one season at his alma mater, Tennessee Tech, in 2010-11 and he worked as a graduate manager at Auburn in the 2009-10 season.

After his college career, Beasley played seven years in England and was the MVP in the National Trophy race in 2004.

Beasley, a graduate of South Cobb High School northwest of Atlanta, scored 693 points in his college career. He scored eight points against Dayton in the 2002 NIT.