June 16, 2014
San Jose, Calif. - The 2014-15 season marks the third time that Dan Muscatell and Jamie Craighead have worked a basketball sideline together. The first partnership was when Muscatell coached Craighead during her collegiate playing career at Oregon (1999-02). Seven years later, Muscatell hired Craighead as an assistant coach at Sacramento State. The partnership is renewed in 2014-15 with Muscatell joining Coach Craighead’s San José State women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, effective July 1.
“I’m extremely excited to have someone of Dan’s coaching caliber on our staff,” Craighead said of the hire. “That, along with the history and the loyalty we have for each other, makes his joining us really exciting. I’m looking forward to having him around our players and know he will be a breath of fresh air for all of us.”
Muscatell’s primary responsibilities will be to develop post players, devise and implement half court defense and serve as the program’s academic coordinator. In addition, he will assist in recruiting, work on scouting opponents, game and practice film breakdown.
Muscatell comes to San José State after five seasons (2010-14) as an assistant coach at the University of Oregon. Among other student athletes, he recruited Jillian Alleyne to the Eugene, Ore., campus. In 2013-14, Alleyne was honored with several national awards including Honorable Mention All-American from both the Associated Press and FullCourt.com. Alleyne set Pac-12 and program records for rebounds (494) and double-doubles (28) in a season as well as a single-game rebounding record (27), all under Muscatell’s tutelage. In his five years at Oregon, Duck players earned all-conference recognition 15 times and 22 times were honored for their academic excellence.
Prior to his most recent stint at Oregon, Muscatell spent six years (2003-09) as head coach at Sacramento State. With the Hornets, he coached seven student-athletes to Big Sky all-conference honors, including 2004-05 Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year Kim Sheehy. In the classroom, 24 players received Big Sky all-academic accolades, which culminated in 2009 with the program’s second consecutive NCAA Academic Performance Program Public Recognition Award. Of 21 student-athletes that reached senior eligibility under Muscatell, 20 graduated.
Prior to Sacramento State, he spent four years as an assistant coach at Oregon (1999-03) and among his recruits and players was San José State women’s basketball head coach Jamie Craighead. During his tenure, the program won a Pac-10 championship (2000) while compiling 74-49 overall and 42-30 conference records. The team made three postseason appearances during that four-year stretch. They participated in the 2000 and 2001 NCAA Tournaments and were champions of the 2002 WNIT Tournament.
Muscatell was responsible for bringing in one of the nation’s top recruiting classes in 2001. All-Star Girls Report ranked the six-member class No. 17 in the nation. He has also coached or recruited former WNBA players Andrea Bills, Edneisha Curry, Brandi Davis, Jenny Mowe, Angelina Wolvert, Shaquala Williams, Cathrine Kraayeveld and Taylor Lilley.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to join forces with Jamie (Craighead) again,” Muscatell said. “We’ve successfully worked together twice before and I fully expect, here at San José State, to exceed anything we have accomplished before.”
A graduate of Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in physical education/psychology (1983) and a master’s degree in administration (1990), Muscatell and his wife, Terri, an elementary school teacher, have three children: Keely (BA – Oregon, PhD – UCLA), Jessica (BA – Sonoma State) and Drew (BA – Oregon).