Two Join Men's Basketball Staff

Banner Elk, N.C.--Lees-McRae College has announced the hiring of Casey Smallwood as the new assistant men's basketball coach along with the addition of Daniel Casey as volunteer assistant. Smallwood joins the Bobcats from a season as the head coach of the Red Team for the nationally recognized Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia while Casey joins the sidelines from nearby Appalachian State University where he served as a manager for the men's basketball team for the past four years.

"I am extremely pleased about the addition of Casey to our staff," said Scott Polsgrove, head coach of the Bobcats men's basketball team. "He brings a new level of experience to the court along with a love for the game. His high energy approach to his job will be an asset to our program."

Prior to his stint at Oak Hill Academy, Smallwood spent a year as both the associate athletic director and the head men's basketball coach for Boyce College in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, leading the men's team through their inaugural season and defeating a nationally ranked team in the process. He was also instrumental in establishing and implementing the first-ever fundraising program for the athletic department.

While attending the University of Louisville where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in December of 2006, Smallwood began his coaching career first serving as an assistant varsity coach for Bullitt Central High School (23-7) in Shepherdsville, Kentucky and then moving over to the assistant varsity position at Louisville Male High School in Louisville, Kentucky. During his four year tenure there he saw the team receive national recognition with a USA Today #7 ranking.

Smallwood will be responsible for coordinating recruiting for the Bobcats, assisting with individual workouts and practices, putting together scouting reports on opponents and coordinating the film exchange program.
Volunteer assistant Daniel Casey, a native of Clayton, North Carolina, gained valuable experience not only in managing the Div I Mountaineer team but also in filming, assisting with individual workouts, and compiling film for scouting reports while obtaining his bachelor's degree in history.

"I am looking forward to working with Daniel this season," commented Coach Polsgrove. "His experience at App State will be an asset to our staff."

Casey's duties for the Bobcats will include assisting with individual workouts and practices and game day preparations.

During the summers Casey has added to experiences by working the YMCA basketball camp (Clayton, N.C.), the YMCA Camp Hidden Treasures and serving as a youth Children's Church Worker at Friendship Free Will Baptist Church in Middlesex, N.C.

Casey will continue his education at Appalachian State this year as he pursues a graduate degree in political science.

Pictured: Assistant Coach Casey Smallwood