Mackey named assistant men’s basketball coach

As of Tuesday, July 5, 2022




#Tribune Sports Reporter

#NASHAD Mackey continues to progress in the coaching ranks and was appointed to a new post at his alma mater.

#The former national team standout was named the assistant men’s basketball coach for the Daytona State Falcons.

#He joins head coach Joey Cantens’ staff that led the Falcons to a 13-19 record last season in NJCAA Division I – Region Eight play.

#Mackey spent the last two years as a graduate assistant for the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Eagles under head coach Steve Ridder.

#His staff led the Eagles to a 24-10 record last season and culminated in a berth to the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen.

#He graduated from Daytona State in 2017 after a stellar academic and playing career for the Falcons.

#On the court, he was named a JuCo All-American, the Mid-Florida Conference Player of the Year, First Team All-State and DSC Basketball’s Student Athlete of the Year. He was also named a Mid- Florida Conference Scholar Athlete, DSC Dean’s List honouree and DSC President’s List award winner.

#In his freshman season with the Falcons, he averaged 9.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game while shooting 47 per cent from the field and 26 per cent from three-point range.

#As a sophomore, he improved his numbers across the board to average 15.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per game on 52 percent shooting from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line.

#Mackey earned his associate of arts degree with honours from Daytona State College in 2017.

#He matriculated to the Eagles as a player where he concluded his collegiate basketball playing career as one of the programme’s all-time leaders.

#In his two-year run with the Eagles, he was a two-time Sunshine State Conference All-Conference performer.

#He registered 39 double-doubles in 50 career games in an Eagle uniform, averaging 17.2 points, 12.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 blocks per game. The only Eagle to average a double-double for his Embry-Riddle career.

#Mackey’s scoring average ranks fourth all-time in Eagle history, while his 12.2 boards per outing is easily the top mark in 31 seasons of ERAU basketball.

#His career totals also include second all-time in free throw percentage (.870) and eighth in blocked shot average (1.1).

#His name is listed six times on the single season record book, including the top spot in both rebounds (350 in 2017- 2018) and rebounding average (12.5 rpg in 2017-2018) and second on the all-time free throw percentage (.870).

#At ERAU he received his bachelor of science degree in human factors psychology in 2019 and a master of science in leadership degree in 2022.

#At the senior men’s national team level, Mackey was a member of Team Bahamas at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games and the 2020 and 2022 FIBA Americup Qualifiers.

#He and his wife Simone have two children, Noah and Malayah.

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