College of William & Mary
Organization: NCAA Basketball
Head Men's Coach
High Point, North Carolina
- Four-Time VaSID State Coach of the Year (1997, 1999, 2000, 2010)
- 2010 NABC District Coach of the Year
- 2010 CAA Coach of the Year
- 2008 CollegeInsider.com CAA Coach of the Year
- 2008 CAA Coach of the Year
- 2007 CollegeInsider.com CAA Coach of the Year
- 2000 ODAC Coach of the Year
- 1999 ODAC Coach of the Year
- 1995 ODAC Coach of the YearChampionships:
- 8 ODAC Championships (1989, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002)
- 1 CAA Championship (2015)
When Tony Shaver accepted the head coaching position at William & Mary in May of 2003, he set his sights on making the Tribe a championship-contending program. Fast-forward to the present, the two-time CAA Coach of the Year and National Mid-Major Coach of the Year finalist has led a revival of the Green and Gold program. The Tribe is coming off its third-straight 20-win season and during the stretch won its first CAA regular season championship in 17 years.
The Tribe’s third-straight 20-win season in 2015-16 marked just the second streak of three years in program history. In fact, W&M is one of 50 teams nationally, and one of 19 from mid-major leagues, to post 20-win seasons each of the last three years. Overall, the Green and Gold has produced four of its nine 20-win campaigns in the last seven years under Shaver. The Tribe advanced to the CAA Championship game on four occasions since 2008. Twice, he led the program to berths in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), only the second and third post season bids in program history. Shaver is W&M’s all-time winningest head coach with 176 victories over his 13 seasons on the Green and Gold sidelines.
In his 30 years as a collegiate head coach, he ranks among the active leaders in victories in college basketball. Over his career, Shaver-coached teams have won 20 or more games during 16 seasons and advanced to the post season on 13 occasions. Shaver enters 2016-17 ranked 20th among active Division I head coaches with 534 career victories. He became the 86th Division I head coach to win 500 games in 2014. His career win total ranks 68th all-time among head coach with at least 10 years of Division I experience. Shaver possesses five of the top-10 single-season win totals in Tribe history and two of the top-three road win totals.
W&M started the 2015-16 campaign on a high note, routing Atlantic Coast Conference foe N.C. State, 85-68, in Raleigh. It was the Tribe’s third win over an ACC counterpart under Shaver and its fourth against a major conference opponent in the last seven years. The Green and Gold closed out the season at No. 72 in the NCAA RPI, its second-best under Shaver and higher than 30 Power 5 Conference schools (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac 12 and SEC).
Omar Prewitt and Terry Tarpey joined a list of multi-year All-CAA selections under Shaver. The pair pushed the total number of All-CAA honorees under Shaver to 18. Another eight have been named to the CAA All-Rookie Team during his tenure. Prewitt was the fourth different Tribe player, and third under Shaver, to be named First Team All-CAA. Tarpey became just the fifth player in CAA history to take home the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award on multiple occasions, joining a list that included current NBA player Kent Bazemore of Old Dominion and former NBA lottery pick Larry Sanders of VCU. Shaver players have earned two CAA Rookie of the Year honors, two CAA Defensive Player of the Year awards and one CAA Player of the Year accolade.
In 2014-15, the Tribe won the CAA Regular Season Championship and earned the No. 1 seed in the CAA Tournament for the first time in school history. The Green and Gold posted its second-straight 20-win season and garnered a spot in the NIT for the third time in school history. One of the greatest players in W&M history, Marcus Thornton wrapped up his decorated Tribe career in 2015. He became the first CAA Player of the Year in program lore along with being named an Associated Press All-American. Thornton, who became the school’s all-time leading scorer, topping the oldest mark in Division I, was a second round pick (45th overall) of the Boston Celtics in the 2015 NBA Draft. Thornton was one of a school-record three Tribe players to earn All-CAA honors in 2015, along with Tarpey and Prewitt.
Along with the team’s success on the court, Shaver was recognized for his integrity off it. He was named a finalist by CollegeInsider.com for the 2015 Skip Prosser Man of the Year, presented annually to those who not only achieve success on the basketball court but who also display moral integrity off of it as well.
In five of the last seven years, a W&M student-athlete received the CAA’s prestigious Dean Ehlers Leadership Award, which is given to the student-athlete who “embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity and sportsmanship in conjunction with his academic athletic achievement.” David Schneider won the award in 2010, while Quinn McDowell became the first-ever two-time winner of the honor in 2011 and 2012. In 2014, Tim Rusthoven earned the distinction to go along with being an NABC Allstate Good Works Team nominee. Tom Schalk added the program’s fifth award in 2015. McDowell became the first CAA men’s basketball student-athlete to be named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award on his way to Lowe’s Senior CLASS Second-Team All-America honors in 2012.
Along with its success on the court, Tribe players have done their work in the classroom as well under Shaver. Over Shaver’s 13 seasons, the Tribe leads the CAA with 40 All-Academic honorees, including a program record seven in 2012-13. Five times under Shaver a Tribe player has been named the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year (Adam Hess in 2004, David Schneider in 2008, Quinn McDowell in 2012, Kyle Gaillard in 2013 and Tim Rusthoven in 2014).
Each of the last four seasons (2013-16), the men’s basketball program earned NCAA Public Recognition for its perfect four-year Academic Progress Rate of 1,000, ranking among the top 10 percent nationally. The Tribe has produced six straight years of perfect 1,000 APR scores.
The Shaver-led Tribe posted a 20-win season in 2013-14, coming to the brink of a CAA Championship once again. During the year, W&M picked up a road win at American Athletic Conference (AAC) foe Rutgers along with knocking off instate rival Old Dominion for the third straight time, the longest win streak in the series history for W&M. The Green and Gold totaled eight road wins on the year, which ranks third in Tribe history.
W&M posted double-digit CAA victories, going 10-6 in 2013-14. The Tribe finished third in the final CAA standings, before ripping off tournament wins over the College of Charleston, 70-59, and No. 2 seed Towson, 75-71, to earn a spot in the Championship. W&M fell in heartbreaking fashion, coming up just shy of the program’s first NCAA Tournament bid as a Delaware bucket with just over 12 seconds remaining gave the Blue Hens a 75-74 victory.
In 2013, Shaver became the Tribe’s all-time wins leader, following the Green and Gold’s 74-62 win at Old Dominion on Feb. 16. During the 2012-13 campaign, the Green and Gold swept Hampton Roads rival Old Dominion, which marked the first time since 1998 and just the third time that W&M won both games of a season series from the Monarchs.
A 1976 graduate of North Carolina, Shaver was a guard on the Tar Heel program from 1972-75 under head coach Dean Smith. Originally a walk-on, he earned a scholarship his rookie season, when he was awarded the prestigious Butch Bennett Award, presented to the freshman who exemplifies determination, sportsmanship and sacrifice for the team.
A native of High Point, North Carolina, Shaver and his wife, Ann, are the parents of three sons: Christopher, Austin and Jackson. Christopher was a professional baseball pitcher and spent time in the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs organizations after a standout career with the Tribe baseball team. Austin is currently an assistant coach for the Tribe. Jackson graduated from William & Mary in 2013 and played on the Tribe baseball team that advanced to the NCAA Regional in 2013.