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COACHING STAFF

GENERAL INFORMATION Head Coach:

James Casciano (Drexel, ‘77)

Location:

Charlotte, NC

Founded:

2004

Record at JWU:

46-43

Enrollment:

1,815

Overall Record:

376-422

Nickname:

Wildcats

Colors: Home Venue:

Blue and White JWU Wildcat Center

Capacity:

585

Affiliation:

USCAA

President:

Tarun Malik (Doan ‘79)

Athletic Director:

Trudi Lacey (NC State ‘84)

SID (Contact):

James Drzewiecki

Office Phone:

980-598-1845

Mailing Address:

james.drzewiecki@jwu.edu 801 W. Trade St. Charlotte, NC 28202

Fax: Web Site: USCAA Web Site:

E-Mail:

980-598-1895 charlotte.jwuathletics.com www.theuscaa.com

980-598-1843 james.casciano@jwu.edu

Assistant Coach: Volunteer Assistant Coach: Athletic Trainer:

Matt Johnson Claude Louis Nikki Dunham

TEAM INFORMATION 2016-2017 Record:

ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

Email:

Office Phone:

10-19

Home Record:

7-6

Road Record:

3-11

Neutral Record:

0-2

Final National Ranking:

N/A

Starters Returning/Lost:

3/2

Total Returning/Lost:

7/8

HISTORY First year of basketball: All-time record

2010-2011 68-140


The USCAA was founded in 1966 as the National Little College Association, primarily to sponsor a national basketball tournament for small colleges and junior colleges. It began adding more sports in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1989, it changed its name to the National Small College Association. It adopted its current name in 2001. Member schools stretch across the country from Maine south to Florida and west to Arizona. The USCAA is a national governing body that provides quality intercollegiate athletic competition on a national level. The USCAA exists to provide small colleges the opportunity to compete against like institutions in size and resource for National Championships and student-athlete recognition. By providing unique services to small colleges, the USCAA allows its members the opportunity to enhance their recruiting capabilities by way of more consistent national recognition and a level playing field for post-season competition. The USCAA sponsors national championship play in Men’s Golf, Men’s & Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s & Women’s Soccer, Men’s & Women’s Basketball (Divisions I & II), Softball, and Baseball. Football, Wrestling, Track & Field, and Swimming are current emerging sports in the USCAA. Each year, the USCAA awards more than 150 players of the week, 75 All-Tournament awards, 375 All-Americans (1st Team, 2nd Team, and Honorable Mention), and 700 scholar-athletes. We strive to provide first-class events, quality awards, and memories that will last a lifetime for student-athletes across the country. On average, 70% of member institutions compete in one or more national championship each year. As the USCAA has grown in numbers, we have expanded tournaments and made significant developments in the quality of our events. Each USCAA championship is planned to ensure that all participants have a first class experience. We strive to make our championships more than games, but also an experience to remember. The USCAA Basketball National Championships are one of the largest intercollegiate tournaments in the country, featuring 34 teams playing in two men’s and two women’s divisions. All participants are housed at a world-class five-diamond resort. Additionally, USCAA championships are simulcast online via ESPN Radio and live video broadcasts on the USCAA Network. Our membership consists of a group of unique post-secondary institutions. From 2006-2013, USCAA membership grew more than 100%. As growth continues, so to will expansion of sports, divisions, and award opportunities. The USCAA has successfully developed a strong organization of small colleges from diverse backgrounds and offerings. We will continue to serve our mission by accepting small colleges across the country with similar enrollment figures and athletic department resources. The USCAA provides a national setting that traditional and non-traditional institutions can thrive in. The membership is made up of several types of nationally accredited higher education programs. Member institutions offer varying types of degrees.


NO.

NAME

YR.

POSITION

HT.

HOMETOWN

PREVIOUS SCHOOL

0

MILES MYRICK

SO

GUARD

6’0”

BROOKLYN, NY

CAMDEN COUNTY COLLEGE

1

MAJERLE POOLE

SO

GD/FWD

6’3”

COLUMBIA, SC

WJ KEENAN

2

ALCYONE MOORE

SR

GD/FWD

6’5”

CHARLOTTE, NC

VANCE–GRANVILLE CC

3

MALIK BULLOCK

SO

GUARD

6’0”

RALEIGH, NC

SOUTHEAST RALEIGH

5

TYLER RAINFORD

FR

GUARD

6’2”

MATTHEWS, NC

BUTLER

10

KAJUAN MADDEN–MCAFEE

FR

GUARD

5’11”

HARRISONBURG, VA

HARRISONBURG

11

ROBERT HOBSON

SO

GD/FWD

6’5”

HUNTERSVILLE, NC

BENEDICT COLLEGE

12

BRANDON KOSTYK

FR

GUARD

6’2”

CAPE CORAL, FL

MARINER

15

CHRISTIAN CRESWELL JR

GD/FWD

6’6”

SHELBY, NC

CATAWBA VALLEY CC

21

CHRIS GREER

SO

GD/FWD

6’1”

SALTVILLE, VA

NORTHWOOD

22

DESTIN INGRAM

FR

GUARD

6’2”

INDIAN HEAD, MD

LACKEY

23

MESSIAH BAPTISTE

FR

GUARD

5’11”

CONCORD, NC

COX MILL

25

JAMES VEAL

JR

FORWARD

6’5”

MINT HILL. NC

NORTH CAROLINA A&T

30

KEVIN CUMMINGS

FR

FORWARD

6’7”

COLUMBIA, SC

IRMO

31

COLBY CASHAW

FR

FORWARD

6’5”

DURHAM, NC

CEDAR RIDGE

35

CALEB COLEMAN

FR

GUARD

6’3”

GREENVILLE, SC

ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC


Casciano is the winningest coach in program history and is the architect of back-to-back USCAA National Championship semifinal appearances for the Wildcats in 2015 and 2016. In over 30 years of collegiate coaching, Casciano has the rare distinction of having coached at every level of both two- and four-year colleges. He has led the programs at two-year schools Valley Forge Military and Union County College (NJ), NAIA program Castleton State, NCAA Division III King’s College (PA) and NJIT, who transitioned from NCAA Division II to Division I during his tenure. His most recent post at Maine-Presque Isle saw the Owls maintain dual affiliations with NCAA Division III and the USCAA. In the 2014-15 season - his first at Johnson & Wales - Casciano led the Wildcats to their first winning season in program history, finishing 20-11 on the year. Highlights included hoisting the JWU Cup after a dominant 90-61 victory over Johnson & Wales Providence and reaching the semifinals of the USCAA Division II National Championship after defeating Penn State-York in the quarterfinals. For his efforts, Casciano was named the USCAA Division II Coach of the Year for men's basketball. In 2015-16, Casciano led Johnson & Wales to another run in the postseason, defeating thirdranked Penn State Mont Alto in the quarterfinals before suffering an overtime loss to Central Penn in the semifinals. Under his watch, junior forward Rickey Porter garnered National Player of the Year honors. In addition to his head coaching duties, Casciano helps oversee campus recreation within the department. Casciano, known as a grat rebuilder of programs, has over 300 career wins as a head coach. He had been named conference coach of the year on two separate occasions, His team have advanced to postseason play at four of his previous coaching stints. Casciano began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant to Rollie Massimino at Villanova. He also served as an assistant coach at Delaware, Washington & Lee, Old Dominion, and Radford. Casciano played collegiately at Drexel, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1977. When he is not in the gym coaching basketball, Casciano is writing about it. He has been published six times to date and has penned articles about his basketball philosophies that have been printed in Winning Hoops, Coaching Basketball, The Basketball Clinic, and The Basketball Bulletin. He and his wife, Daphne reside in Huntersville, NC.


Coaching Staff MATT JOHNSON ASSISTANT COACH Matt Johnson enters his third season at Johnson & Wales as a key part of Jim Casciano's staff. A native of Washington, NC, Johnson played at Washington High School. He attended North Carolina Central University and obtained B.A. Communication Studies and Juris Doctorate Degree. Prior to Johnson & Wales, Johnson spent four years as an assistant coach at

CLAUDE LOUIS VOULNTEER ASSISTANT COACH Claude is no stranger to JWU head coach Jim Casciano as he played for him at both Union County College and the University of Maine at Presque Isle. During his playing career, Claude surpassed the 1,000 point mark and earned First Team D-III All-Independent honors. He was also selected as team captain. Claude graduated in May 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.


Date

Opponent

Location

Time

Nov. 7

Piedmont International

Charlotte, NC

7:30 PM

Nov. 11

Columbia International#

Charlotte, NC

7:00 PM

Nov. 16

Frances Marion

Florence, SC

6:00 PM

Nov. 20

Campbell

Buies Creek, NC

7:00 PM

Nov. 29

Voorhees

Charlotte, NC

7:30 PM

High Point, NC

7:00 PM

Dec. 1

High Point

Dec. 6

Carolina Christian

Charlotte, NC

7:30 PM

Dec. 9

Wofford

Spartanburg, SC

7:00 PM

Dec. 18

Montreat

Charlotte, NC

7:30 PM

Dec. 21

Charleston Southern

Charleston, SC

7:30 PM

Jan. 6

Piedmont International

Winston-Salem, NC

7:00 PM

Jan. 13

Morris

Charlotte, NC

3:00 PM

Jan. 16

Bob Jones#

Charlotte, NC

7:30 PM

Jan. 19

Carolina Christian (JWU Classic)

Charlotte, NC

7:30 PM

Jan. 20

Berkeley (N.Y.) (JWU Classic)

Charlotte, NC

3:00 PM

Jan. 27

Warren Wilson#

Swannanoa, NC

8:00 PM

Feb. 1

Bob Jones

Greenville, NC

7:00 PM

Feb. 3

Columbia International#

Columbia, SC

3:00 PM

Feb. 5

Saint Andrews

Laurinburg, NC

7:00 PM

Feb. 7

Warren Wilson

Charlotte, NC

7:30 PM

Charlotte, NC

3:00 PM

Charlotte, NC

7:30 PM

Sumter, SC

7:00 PM

Feb. 10 Feb. 12 Feb. 15

Mid-Atlantic Christian Bluefield State Morris

Feb. 17

Mid-Atlantic Christian

Elizabeth City, NC

3:00 PM

Feb. 19

Saint Andrews

Charlotte, NC

7:30 PM

Denmark, SC

8:00 PM

Feb. 21

Voorhees

# Denotes Doubleheader with Women’s team

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