David Cason is in his sixth season at Tulsa, and his third as associate head coach. He was appointed to the Golden Hurricane coaching staff on April 6, 2005. Cason and Tulsa Head Coach Doug Wojcik were on the same coaching staff together at both Notre Dame and North Carolina.
In his five years at Tulsa, the Golden Hurricane has posted an overall 104-65 record, advanced to the Conference USA Championship Game twice, won the inaugural post-season College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Championship in 2008 and made appearances in the 2009 and 2010 NIT post-season tournaments. During his tenure, the Hurricane has posted four straight 20-win sasons and won 25 games in the consecutive seasons of 2008 and 2009.
Cason spent two seasons on the coaching staff at TCU before coming to Tulsa. Cason helped the Horned Frogs reach the NIT and finish with an overall 21-14 record in the 2004-05 season. Before that, Cason spent the summer of 2003 serving as an assistant coach at Manhattan College.
Cason spent three years at North Carolina as the Director of Basketball Operations (2001-03). The Tar Heels owned a 53-43 record over that time, and reached the NCAA second round in 2001 while finishing with a 26-7 record. UNC advanced to the NIT in 2003 and finished the year with a 19-16 overall mark.
In one season at Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish posted a 22-15 record and earned a berth in the NIT Championship game.
Before that, Cason spent three years at Eastern Illinois (1996-99) as an assistant coach, where he also served as recruiting coordinator. He began his coaching career as a student assistant coach at Illinois State under Kevin Stallings in 1995.
A 1996 graduate of Illinois State, Cason played for the Redbirds from 1993-95 under Kevin Stallings, currently the head coach at Vanderbilt. He led the Missouri Valley Conference in assists both his junior and senior seasons, while leading his team to a 20-13 record and an NIT appearance as a senior. A second-team all-MVC selection in 1995, Cason played his first two seasons of college basketball (1991-93) at the College of Southern Idaho.
At Illinois State, Cason was named the Team MVP and the Redbirds' Athlete of the Year as a senior. He established the school's single-game assists record with 16 in his senior campaign.
As a high school senior, Cason earned first-team all-metro honors and was one of 10 prep athletes to participate in a Foreign Exchange Program in Odessa, Moscow, Russia. In his junior season, Cason helped lead his Southern High School team to the Baltimore City Championship with a win over powerful Baltimore Dunbar High School.
Cason earned his bachelor's degree in recreation management. He and his wife, Tamara, have three children: daughters Da-Via and Taylor, and one son, DJ.
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