Just a few hours after the announcement of former EWU basketball coach Jim Hayford leaving to take over as head coach at Seattle University, EWU has announced that long-time assistant coach Shantay Legans will take over as the new head men’s basketball coach.
With this hiring, Legans becomes EWU’s eighteenth head coach in the school’s 109-year basketball history.
“I am both honored and humbled to accept the opportunity to lead the Eastern men’s basketball program,” said Legans. “I want to thank Bill Chaves, President Cullinan and coach Hayford for their steadfast commitment to the program, and for their role in establishing a winning tradition here at EWU.
Legans has been the associate head coach for the Eagles the past three seasons and is a former player at Cal and Fresno State. Prior to joining the EWU basketball coaching staff in the 2013-14 season, Legans was as an assistant coach for two seasons at Laguna Blanca High School in Santa Barbara, Calif. Legans also spent time overseas in Europe for three years as a professional basketball player.