Staff
Head Coach
Tony Shaver

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 has posted four of its nine 20-win seasons under Shaver, including three of the last five seasons. In fact, half of the Tribe’s top 10 win totals have come during his 15 seasons on campus.

Over the last five years, W&M owns 96 overall victories, including 54 in CAA play. Both totals are tops in the CAA. The Tribe notched three-straight 20-win seasons in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16, marking just the second streak of three years in program history. The Green and Gold captured the CAA regular season Championship in 2015. Twice, Shaver led the program to berths in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), only the second and third post season bids in program history. Shaver, who is the dean of CAA head coach, is W&M’s all-time winningest head coach with 212 victories over his 15 seasons on the Green and Gold sidelines.

In his 32 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 2018-19 ranked 18th among active Division I head coaches with 570 career victories. He became the 86th Division I head coach to win 500 games in 2014. His career win total ranks 63rd all-time among head coach with at least 10 years of Division I experience.

Under Shaver, the Tribe has peaked at the right time of year during the conference tournament. Prior to his arrival in 2004, W&M had just two CAA Tournament wins in 18 years as a member of the league. During Shaver’s 15 seasons, the Tribe owns 14 CAA Tournament victories and the program’s first four championship game appearances. In fact, since 2008, W&M leads all CAA programs with 13 league tournament victories. The Tribe has earned a spot in the CAA Semifinals each of the last five years, a first in W&M history.

A total of 23 players have garnered All-CAA honors under Shaver, including five first team picks. By comparison, the Tribe had just two first team All-CAA selections prior to Shaver’s arrival. The Tribe has produced multiple All-CAA picks each of the last six seasons. Another nine players have been named to the CAA All-Rookie Team and his players have three CAA All-Defensive Team accolades. Shaver-coached players have taken home two CAA Rookies of the Year, two CAA Defensive Players of the Year and a CAA Player of the Year. He has coached 12 NABC All-District selections.

Sixteen of Shaver’s former Tribe athletes have gone on to professional careers overseas. A player from 11-straight graduating classes has gone on to sign a professional contract. Three W&M players have been selected in the NBA G-League (formally Development League) draft, and another, Marcus Thornton, was a second round NBA Draft selection. Five former Tribe standouts (Alex Smith, Danny Sumner, Quinn McDowell, Daniel Dixon and Thornton) have all played in the NBA Development League.

Along with its success on the court, Tribe players have done their work in the classroom as well under Shaver. Six times under Shaver a Tribe player has been named the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In five of the last 10 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.” Quinn McDowell became the first-ever two-time winner of the honor in 2011 and 2012. He was also 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.

The men’s basketball program earned five NCAA Public Recognition (2013-17) for its perfect four-year Academic Progress Rate of 1,000, ranking among the top 10 percent nationally. The Tribe produced six straight years of perfect 1,000 APR scores (2012-17).

Shaver is a member of three Halls of Fame, including each of his previous coaching stops. In October of 2016, he was inducted into the High Point Central Sports Hall of Fame. A standout in football, basketball, golf and baseball for the Bison, Shaver was a multi-time all-conference selection in both football and basketball and quarterbacked the football team to the state finals in 1971. He was inducted into the Episcopal High School Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Hampden-Sydney College Hall of Fame in 2004 as the winningest coach at each place. Shaver led Episcopal for 10 seasons from 1976-86.

Associate Head Coach
Jonathan Holmes

Jonathan Holmes was promoted to associate head coach in 2013 and enters his sixth season at the position and 11th overall on the Tribe staff. During his time with the Green and Gold, W&M has produced four of the program’s nine all-time 20-win seasons, advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association Championship game on three occasions and the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) twice. In 2015, the Tribe captured its first CAA Regular Season Championship since 1998.

Holmes’ responsibilities with the Tribe include overseeing the team’s scheduling, recruiting coordinator, working with guards and scouting. His main focus area in recruiting is the Midwest. During his tenure with W&M, Holmes has helped in developing 18 All-CAA picks, eight 1,000-point scorers, 11 NABC All-District selections and five CAA All-Rookie selections. He also recruited and developed 2014 CAA Rookie of the Year and three-time All-CAA selection Omar Prewitt, who finished his career ranked fifth in scoring (1,831 points).

Holmes helped the Tribe to three-straight 20-win seasons in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16, a first at W&M since 1949-51. The Tribe offense has ranked among the best in the country during Holmes’ tenure. Over the last six years, W&M is one of only two schools (along with Gonzaga) to rank among the top 30 nationally in field goal percentage.

In 2017-18, the Green and Gold became the first program in NCAA history to shoot at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent at the free throw line. The Tribe led the country in free throw (81.1) and 3-point (43.4) percentage.

Over the last five years, the Green and Gold established school records for points, points per game, 3-point percentage, 3-pointers made, free throw percentage, assists, assists per game, assist-to-turnover ratio and fewest turnovers. According to KenPom.com, W&M has possessed one of most effective and efficient offenses in the country. The Tribe ranked among the top 65 in offensive efficiency the last five years, including 27th in 2014-15 and 2017-18. The Green and Gold ranked among the top 25 each of the last six years in effective field goal percentage, including a trio of top-10 efforts. The Tribe was second nationally in 2017-18 at 59.5 percent. W&M averaged a school-record 85 points per game in 2017-18, the third-best average in CAA history.

In overseeing the Tribe’s academics from 2009-12, Holmes saw 15 Tribe players earn CAA All-Academic Team honors, including a CAA-best and program-record seven in 2012. Twice over a three-year stretch (2010 and 2012), W&M had three of its five starters named to the CAA All-Academic Team. During the fall of 2011, 12 of the Tribe’s 14 players earned grade point averages of better than 3.0 and the team accumulated an overall GPA of better than 3.2.

In 2010, Holmes helped the Tribe earn a bid to the National Invitational Tournament, marking only the second postseason appearance in school history. W&M finished the year with the third most wins in school history, 22, including wins over ACC foes Maryland and Wake Forest. W&M also advanced to the CAA Championship game for the second time. Holmes helped bring in the Tribe’s 2010 recruiting class that was ranked among the best Mid-Major classes in the country and the top in the CAA by ESPN.com and Scouts, Inc.

Assistant Coach
Julian Boatner

Julian Boatner, a 2014 graduate of W&M, returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach on May 15, 2018. One of the top 3-point shooters in program history, he spent the last four years in the coaching ranks at Indiana University and Mount St. Mary’s University. He helped his previous stops to the NCAA Tournament in three of his four seasons on staff.

Boatner was an assistant coach for former W&M assistant Jamion Christian at Mount St. Mary’s the last two seasons. The Mount won the NEC regular season and tournament Championships on the way to the NCAA Tournament in 2017. They knocked off New Orleans in the First Four to pick up an NCAA Tournament win, before falling to top overall seed Villanova despite leading for the majority of the first half. The Mount won 20 games for just the second time since joining Division I in 1988-89.

In 2017-18, Mount St. Mary’s won 18 games, including a 12-6 Northeast Conference Record. Boatner helped to mentor Junior Robinson and Chris Wray who earned NEC Player and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively. In total during Boatner’s two seasons, the Mount produced four All-NEC players and two All-Rookie Team selections. He was the program’s defensive coordinator during his two seasons, leading top-rated defense in the NEC in 2017. The Mount had a defensive efficiency of 95.8, according to KenPom.com, during the 2016-17 campaign. His primarily recruiting responsibilities were in the areas of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Prior to his time in Emmitsburg, Md., Boatner spent two seasons as a graduate manager at Indiana University under Tom Crean. Indiana advanced to the NCAA Tournament during each of his two seasons, including an appearance in the Sweet 16 in 2016. The Hoosiers won the 2016 Big Ten Regular Season Championship as well. During his final season at Indiana, Boatner was the head video coordinator, directing a staff of two graduate managers and 15 undergraduate managers in completing all aspects of film. He earned his master’s degree from Indiana in sports management and athletic administration in 2016.

Boatner, who graduated from W&M with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a minor in marketing, played in the sixth-most games in program history at 124, including 57 starts. He averaged five points per game over his four seasons, which culminated in a 20-win campaign and a trip to the Colonial Athletic Association Championship game in 2013-14. Boatner still ranks 10th in Tribe history in career 3-pointers made (161), 11th in career 3-point percentage (38.3) and 16th in career 3-pointers made per game (1.3).

A team captain in 2014, he was named the winner of the ‘Kraze’ Award given for a player's ability to inspire his teammates. It is named in honor of former Tribe team captain John Kratzer who received the inaugural United States Basketball Writers Association Most Courageous Athlete award. Kratzer lettered two years with the Tribe, before being diagnosed with cancer and battled the disease for three more years. Throughout the ordeal, he continued to provide an inspiration to the Tribe and provided the major emotional lift that allowed the College to upset No. 2 North Carolina, 78-75, on Dec. 7, 1977. Boatner was also voted as the team’s Most Improved Player after his freshman season.

Assistant Coach
Austin Shaver

Austin Shaver enters his seventh season as an assistant coach and his ninth overall on the Tribe staff. Shaver helped in guiding the Tribe to the Colonial Athletic Association Regular Season Championship and a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) appearance in 2015 along with three-straight 20-win seasons. During his six seasons as an assistant, the Tribe has averaged more than 18 wins per season.

Shaver joined the Tribe staff in 2010-11 as the program’s director of basketball operations. He spent two seasons in that capacity before being promoted to the assistant coach position prior to the 2012-13 season. His current responsibilities with the Tribe include overseeing the team’s apparel and equipment purchasing and organizing, assisting with planning and coordination of practice, recruiting, working with the team’s big men and scouting.

During his first season as an assistant, W&M enjoyed one of the best turnarounds in program history during the 2012-13 season. And followed that up with W&M’s seventh and eighth 20-win seasons and back-to-back CAA Championship Game appearances.

Over the last two seasons, the Tribe established school records for points per game, points scored, 3-point percentage, 3-pointers made, free throw percentage fewest turnovers per game and assist-to-turnover ratio. In each of Shaver’s six seasons as an assist, the Tribe has ranked among the national top 30 in field goal percentage (one of only two schools to go so along with Gonzaga).

As an assistant, Shaver has overseen the development of the Tribe big men, including two-time All-CAA forward Tim Rusthoven and junior Nathan Knight. Rusthoven wrapped up his W&M career as one of just six players in program annals with 1,200 career points and 600 rebounds. Tribe big men have also received the team’s most improved player award in three of Shaver’s five seasons. Rusthoven took home of the honor in 2012-13, while Sean Sheldon garnered the distinction in 2013-14 and again as a senior in 2015-16. Following his senior season, Sheldon played professionally in Switzerland. After earning CAA All-Rookie honors in 2017, Knight was a Mid-Major All-American, All-CAA Second Team and NABC All-District 10 Second Team honoree as a sophomore in 2018.

Prior to joining the Green and Gold, Austin, the son of head coach Tony Shaver, spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Hampden-Sydney for former Tribe assistant Dee Vick along with a year as a graduate assistant at VCU under Anthony Grant.

At Hampden-Sydney, Shaver was an assistant for two seasons under former Tribe assistant Dee Vick. During Shaver’s tenure, the Tigers returned to the semifinals of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship in 2009 and defeated two nationally-ranked top-20 programs in 2010. HSC also produced the program’s first-ever ODAC Rookie of the Year in Harrison George during the 2009-10 campaign. Shaver had a hand in recruiting a number of players on Hampden-Sydney’s roster that finished among the top schools in the ODAC at 19-8 in 2011-12.

Shaver graduated in 2007 from the University of Virginia with a degree in psychology. During his senior year at UVA, Shaver was an assistant coach at perennial Virginia Independent Schools power Miller School while serving as a head coach for the East Coast Fusion AAU program. Shaver also spent a summer coaching with the touted Boo Williams AAU organization that consistently develops the top basketball talent in the state of Virginia.

Upon graduation from UVA, Shaver joined the VCU Center for Sport Leadership graduate program, earning his master’s degree while working as a graduate assistant for the Colonial Athletic Association Regular Season Champion Rams under former Alabama head coach Anthony Grant. Shaver co-directed the 2008 VCU Center for Sport Leadership International Showcase that brought in players fresh from college as well as agents from professional teams looking to offer contracts.

Director of Basketball Operations
Luke Ford

Luke Ford joined the Tribe men’s basketball staff in October of 2014 as the program’s director of basketball operations and enters his fifth season in the capacity.

In Ford’s first two seasons, the Tribe tallied 20-win seasons to go along with the CAA Regular Season Championship and National Invitation Tournament (NIT) appearance in 2015. The Tribe has won 76 games in Ford's four seasons in Williamsburg.

Ford’s duties with the Tribe include organizing team travel and meals, overseeing a staff of six student managers, designing and organizing recruiting mail outs, team video and film exchange and various other administrative tasks. Over the last two years, he oversaw design projects within the Tribe basketball office, and a remake of the men’s basketball locker room. His efforts in the locker room include graphics wraparounds and player entertainment improvements with a new 65-inch TV and an XBox One. During the summer of 2017, he completed a remake of the Tribe recruiting lounge, including a new wallwrap and photos.

A Charlottesville, Va., native, Ford previously served in the same capacity at UMBC. He graduated from the University of Virginia in May of 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs along with coursework related to basketball analytics, statistical analysis, psychology in sports and exercise, and management accounting.

Ford served as a manager of the Cavaliers’ men’s basketball team for four seasons under head coach Tony Bennett and spent the 2012-13 season as co-head manager and the 2013-14 campaign as the team’s head manager. During his senior year in 2014, Virginia won its first ACC Tournament Championship since 1976 and its first outright ACC Regular Season Championship since 1981. The Cavaliers were a No. 1 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16. His duties as a head manager included creating and distributing mail outs for recruits, managing the recruiting database, breaking down film and creating and managing a game film export database.

Ford worked with the NBA Top 100 Camp as a statistician and videographer from 2010-14. He also worked at the Tony Bennett Basketball Camp as a league commissioner, while also assisting with camp logistics. Ford has also developed advanced metrics designed to improve player chemistry, shooting mechanics, and defensive strategy.