Former Drexel player becomes youngest coach in Division I

Former Drexel guard Bashir Mason has been named the head coach at Wagner College.

At 28, Mason becomes the nation’s youngest Division I head coach as well as the 18th coach in school history. He spent the last two seasons as a Wagner assistant coach.

“I am really excited and thankful for the opportunity that [school president Dr. Richard] Guarasci, Walt Hameline and the rest of the Wagner administration has presented me with,” said Mason. “I am looking forward to the challenge of leading the program while continuing to move Wagner Basketball in the direction it has been going the last two years.”

Mason began his collegiate coaching career at Marist College, where he spent two seasons (2008-2010) as an assistant coach under Chuck Martin.

A 2007 graduate of Drexel with a degree in sport management, Mason was a four-time member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) All-Defensive Team, and he became the first player in the history of the CAA to be named Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman following the 2003-2004 campaign and graduated with 1,126 career points.

“We’re very excited that Bashir Mason will be the next head men’s basketball coach here at Wagner College,” Hameline said. “There was a great deal of interest in this position and we spent the past few days fielding calls from a host of coaches from all parts of the country. In elevating Bashir, we are getting a young, hungry, aggressive coach who I believe will build on the foundation that we now have in place. He also gives us continuity and a bridge to the success we’ve had and will provide our program and student-athletes with great leadership.”

 A news conference is scheduled for tomorrow.