Former WVU guard Juwan Staten landed his first head coaching job on Monday night as he was hired by Flyght Academy Prep. Staten has recently pursued a coaching career, serving as a graduate assistant under Bob Huggins from 2020-21.
Flyght Academy is located in Dayton, Ohio, where Staten is from.
“Glad to be in a position to give back to the community that made me who I am today! Let’s work,” Staten said in a Tweet.
Welcome home to one of Dayton’s finest, Thurgood Marshall alum, West Virginia alum, former Professional Basketball Player, and the newly appointed Head Basketball Coach of Flyght Academy Prep, Juwan Staten (@JuwanStaten3) ✈️🏀#TakeFlyght #FlyWithUs #FlyghtPrep pic.twitter.com/0Fk199CGlX
— Flyght Academy Prep (@FlyghtPrepBB) June 27, 2022
During his sole season as a graduate assistant at West Virginia, Staten helped the development of Miles “Deuce” McBride, who is currently on the New York Knicks. Staten has returned to WVU, training other Mountaineers.
Staten joins a large group of former Mountaineers becoming basketball coaches post-playing careers: Joe Mazzulla, Darris Nichols, Da’Sean Butler, James Long, Rob Summers and more.
Staten played for WVU from 2012-15, helping the team reach a Sweet 16 appearance in 2015. At West Virginia, the 6-foot-1 guard was selected to the All-Big 12 First Team in 2014 and 2015. Staten finished his career at WVU with 1,260 points in three seasons. Staten finished seventh in program history with 433 assists in just 94 games.
Following his graduation in 2015, Staten went undrafted in the 2015 NBA draft. During that summer, Staten signed with the Golden State Warriors and played for their D-League team, the Santa Cruz Warriors. Staten is set to play with Best Virginia in the 2022 TBT tournament in late July.