Dayton women's basketball head coach Shauna Green is entering her third season in charge of the Flyers' program.
University of Dayton Vice President and Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan announced that Green would be the Flyers' new head women's basketball coach in September of 2016.
Coach Green was named the 2018 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year after guiding the Flyers to the outright A-10 regular season championship and another NCAA Tournament berth. The Flyers finished the season with a 23-7 record overall, a 15-1 conference mark, and a 12-1 home record. Dayton led the A-10 in home attendance and boasted a 16-game winning streak from Dec. 21 to Feb. 21. Green also received the Forty Under 40 Award by the Dayton Business Journal for industry leaders in the Dayton community in May.
In Green’s first year at the helm of the Flyers, she made Dayton women’s basketball history by guiding UD to its first ever sweep of regular season and tournament titles in the Atlantic 10 Conference. She received WBCA National Rookie Coach of the Year honors after leading the Flyers to a 22-10 record, 13-3 A-10 mark, and a berth in the NCAA Division I Tournament. Dayton’s season ended in a hard-fought loss to No. 5 seed and eight-time National Champion Tennessee at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville on March 18.
Under Coach Green’s leadership, the Flyers added many individual and team accolades to their resume throughout the season. Dayton recorded its 26th 20+ win season, highlighted by an 11-game winning streak to start the 2017 calendar year. From Dec. 32 to Feb. 8, the Flyers did not lose a single game in A-10 play. Individually, senior center Saicha Grant-Allen earned A-10 All-Defensive Team and Second Team honors en route to getting drafted 35thoverall in the 2017 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks. Fellow senior Kelley Austria wrapped-up her historic career as the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year as well as A-10 Second Team and A-10 All-Defensive Team. Junior Jenna Burdette and freshman Jayla Scaife also received A-10 awards.
In her previous stint at Dayton from 2012-2015, Green contributed to the success of the Flyers and made an impact on the current state of the program. In 2012-13, Dayton won 28 games, tying the most wins in the modern era of the program. The Flyers followed that up in Green's final season, 2014-15, with another 28 wins, a sixth-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, and the program's first Regional Final. Two student-athletes from that team were drafted in the 2015 WNBA Draft – Ally Malott to the Washington Mystics and Andrea Hoover to the Los Angeles Sparks. Hoover ranks fourth all-time on Dayton's scoring list while Malott ranks seventh.
Green, who has previous head coaching experience at Loras College, returns to Dayton after spending last season at Northwestern as an assistant on Coach Joe McKeown's staff. With the Wildcats, Green helped guide the 2015-16 squad to the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals where the Wildcats fell to eventual conference champion Maryland. NU went on to earn a berth in the WNIT before falling to San Diego to end the season.
In just one year at Northwestern, Green helped numerous student-athletes earn athletic and academic accolades. Junior guard Nia Coffey earned WBCA All-America and All-Region honors while eight Wildcats were named Academic All-Big Ten. Junior guard Ashley Deary was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and All-Defensive Team as well.
Green also has a previous coaching stint at Providence College. With the Friars, she served as recruiting coordinator which carried over to the same role at Dayton. Green was responsible for recruiting many of the current players on the Flyer team.
A 2002 graduate of Canisius, Green received a degree in business marketing. She went on to earn a master's degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic administration from Loras. Green and her husband, Andy, have one son, Matteo.
The University of Dayton women’s basketball program and head coach Shauna Green announced the addition of Calamity McEntire as the Flyers’ Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator.
"I am thrilled to announce the addition of Calamity to our staff,” said Coach Green. “She brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record as a recruiter. Her knowledge, work ethic and energy will be felt immediately. We are very excited to have Calamity join our Flyer Family."
McEntire comes to Dayton after spending the 2016-17 season at the University of Hawai’i, also as Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. With the Rainbow Wahine, McEntire was in charge of the team’s scheduling, scouting, and other responsibilities besides on-court coaching duties.
“I am super excited to join Shauna and our staff at the University of Dayton,” McEntire said. “She has done a great job of building a winning culture and family atmosphere that I am honored to be a part of. This is a special place with incredible tradition and I’m thrilled to join the Flyers."
Prior to her time at Hawai’i, McEntire spent four years at the University of Arizona where she was Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator from 2012-16. She was the coordinator for the 2014 recruiting class that was ranked in the Top 25 nationally and was the highest rated class in program history. She also coached the Wildcat guards, including future 2013 WNBA Draft picked Davellyn Whyte, who went No. 16 overall.
McEntire has previous coaching experience at Boise State from 2008-12 (Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator), UC Santa Barbara from 2006-08 (Director of Basketball Operations), and Fresno State from 2004-06 (Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator).
A native of Kiowa, Oklahoma, McEntire played two seasons previously at Eastern Oklahoma State from 1999-01. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sports management from the University of Tennessee in 2003 while serving as team manager for the Lady Vols from 2001-03.
The University of Dayton women’s basketball program and head coach Shauna Green announced the addition of DeAntoine “Cat” Beasley as a new assistant coach.
“We are thrilled to welcome DeAntoine to our Flyer family,” said Coach Green. “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.”
“I want to thank Coach Green for this great opportunity,” Beasley added. “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 comes to Dayton after a three-year stint as an assistant for the Gardner-Webb men’s basketball team. There he helped guide the Bulldogs to winning seasons each year, including a 19-win season in 2017-18. GWU also had three All-Big South selections and the highest team GPA in nine seasons.
Prior to his time at Gardner-Webb, Beasley served as an assistant coach at Pensacola State College in Florida, helping the Pirates finish 21-11 and win their 15th Panhandle Conference title. He also has coaching experience at Chattanooga, Tennessee Tech, and Auburn.
Beasley had a seven-year professional career playing in England where he was a perennial All-Star, MVP in the National Trophy race in 2004, and received the 2004 BBC Sports Personality Award for the Southwest Region. After completing his playing career, Beasley began his coaching career at University of St. Mark and St. John, where the team won national titles in 2003 and 2004.
Collegiately, Beasley played 120 career games for Tennessee Tech despite missing his sophomore season due to his battle with Hodgkin’s Disease. He returned to play his junior and senior seasons, leading the Golden Eagles to OVC titles in 2001 and 2002, including a 27-7 campaign as a senior in which he helped Tennessee Tech earn NIT wins over Georgia Tech, Dayton, and Yale.
He received the Sam Harley Lynn Award for contributions to the Tennessee Tech program, the Golden Eagle Award for sacrifice, dedication, and hard work, and the John P. Hendrix Leadership Award twice in his time at Tennessee Tech. He is the only student-athlete in Tennessee Tech history to win all three awards.
Beasley graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in health and physical education.
Beasley and his wife, the former Katie Hespe of Sheffield, England, were married on Aug. 11, 2011. They have a daughter, Charlotte.
The University of Dayton women's basketball program and head coach Shauna Green has announced the addition of Ryan Gensler to the staff as an assistant coach in April 2017.
"I am so excited to have Ryan join our staff," said Coach Green. "I've known him for many years and know he will have an immediate impact on our program. He brings a wealth of knowledge and his familiarity with the A-10 will be beneficial. His positive energy, tireless work ethic and ability to build relationships will help us continue to have success here at Dayton."
"I am honored to be joining the University of Dayton and excited to be working again with Shauna Green," Gensler said. "I have always believed in her since we worked together at Providence College. I am ecstatic to contribute to the winning culture here at UD. I have been fortunate to be a part of a lot of success in my coaching career and it is my hope to bring that experience to our program to help us find success on the court, in the classroom and in the community."
Gensler comes to Dayton after spending the past two seasons on the University of Florida women's basketball staff, serving as the video coordinator. In 2017, he was named the Co-National Basketball Video Coordinator of the Year by the Collegiate Sports Video Association Executive Board (CSVA). He was also on the staff for the 2015-16 season in which the Gators went 22-9 and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to his time in Gainesville, Gensler was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Loyola-Maryland from 2013-15, an assistant coach at fellow Atlantic 10 program St. Bonaventure from 2011-13 (during which the Bonnies advanced to the Sweet 16), and Director of Basketball Operations/Graduate Assistant Coach at Providence College from 2009-11.
Gensler earned his bachelor's degree from Saint Joseph's University in 2009 before receiving his master's degree from Providence in 2011.
Gensler lives in Dayton with his wife Leanna and their dog, Bo.
Director Of Operations
Arnika Edwards came to the Flyers in October 2013 as the Director of Basketball Operations after being a member of the Auburn University 2009 Southeastern Conference Regular Season Championship Women’s Basketball staff.
For the Flyers, Edwards is the coordinator for all travel details for the team. As a liaison, she relays information in between the marketing department and the team. Edwards is in charge of organizing the basketball camp in its entirety from the beginning until the end. It is important for the team to work in various projects with the community over the year, and Edwards takes the responsibility of organizing different community service opportunities for them.
For five years with Auburn she served as the Director of Administrative Support Services. Her duties included administrative and operational tasks, including academics, alumni relations and community service. She also assisted with the Tiger radio broadcasts as the analyst.
Prior to Auburn, she spent 15 years at Fairfield High School where she served in various capacities including athletics director, head basketball coach, and mathematics and physics teacher. She coordinated "The Complete Female Athlete" symposium, spoke at various conferences and was the facilitator for the NCAA Guidelines and Compliance Seminar for college-bound athletes.
Edwards is considered by her peers as being one of the top High School Women’s Basketball Coaches in the state of Alabama. During her coaching tenure at Fairfield her teams reached the regional tournament nine times and made the Final Four on four occasions. During her span as head basketball coach, Edwards compiled a 266-89 record en route to being named Coach of the Year six times by various organizations.
Throughout her 14-year coaching career Edwards coached 23 athletic scholarship players, including three former Auburn Tigers: Tiffany Presley – Auburn Guard (2000-2004), Carol Smith- Auburn Guard (2000-02) who was also the 2000 National Junior College Player of the Year/Kodak All-American, and DeWanna Bonner – Auburn Forward 2005 – 2009. DeWanna was also the 1st Female Alabamian McDonald’s All-American (2005), 2009 SEC Player of the Year, 2009 State Farm All American, 5th pick in the WNBA draft (Phoenix Mercury), 3-time WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year (2009, 2010, 2011).
Edwards graduated Cum Laude from Alabama A&M University in 1991 with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and a minor in physics. She earned her master of arts degree in mathematics education from the University of Montevallo in 1996.
Edwards was a two-sport athlete while attending Alabama A&M where she played basketball and volleyball. She was a member of the four-time SIAC Championship Volleyball Teams from 1987-1991 as a setter.
Edwards a native of Columbus, Ohio and Detroit, Mich., serves on the board of several non-profit organizations and is a member of the service organization Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is married to Ronald Edwards and has a daughter, Chanel who is a senior at the University of Alabama.