DeAntoine Beasley joined John Shulman's coaching staff as
an assistant on August 1, 2011. He came
from his alma mater, Tennessee Tech. He
will assist in all aspects of the program with a focus on recruiting and
on-the-floor coaching with the post players.
Beasley is no stranger to his new boss as Shulman was an
assistant coach at Tennessee Tech for much of Beasley's playing career. His is an inspirational story.
Diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease mid-way through his
sophomore season (1998-99), Beasley completed the year before starting
treatment. He then redshirted 1999-2000
before returning to the Golden Eagles' lineup as a junior in 2000-01.
He led TTU to back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference
Championships in 2001 and 2002. The 2002
squad went 27-7 winning three NIT games over Georgia State, Dayton and Yale
before losing at eventual champ Memphis (79-73) in quarterfinals.
During his collegiate career, "Cat" captured the Sam
Harley Lynn Award in 1999 as well as the Golden Eagle Award for sacrifice,
dedication and hard work in 2001-02. In
his junior and senior seasons as team captain, he also won the John P. Hendrix
Leadership Award. He is the only student-athlete
in school history to be named all three in a career.
Beasley travelled to England to begin his professional
career. He signed with the Plymouth
Raiders in 2002 and played seven seasons (2003-09). A perennial all-star, he won MVP honors in
the National Trophy in 2004 and won the 2004 BBC Sports Personality Award for
the Southwest Region.
During his career, the Raiders were promoted to the top
division in England winning the National Cup, National Trophy and league
title. DeAntoine got his coaching start
there as well at the University College of St. Mark and St. John for three
seasons (2003-05). His team advanced to
the national title game all three years winning in 2003 and 2004.
He returned to the states upon completing his
professional playing career as graduate manager for former Mocs head coach Jeff
Lebo at Auburn in 2009-10. He landed a
full-time assistant position a year later at Tennessee Tech under Mike Sutton.
Beasley is a native of Atlanta, Ga., where he prepped at
South Cobb High School. He graduated
from Tennessee Tech with a degree in Health and Physical Education in
2004. He married Katie Hespe of
Sheffield, England on August 11, 2011.