August 18, 2016

NBRPA members Randy Livingston and Casey Shaw will both be joining the Southeastern Conference this Fall as assistant coaches. Livingston joined the LSU Tigers Men’s Basketball coaching staff this August and Shaw joined the Vanderbilt Commodores Men’s Basketball coaching staff this April.

Both men are very excited about their new opportunities.

“I am very excited to be coaching at Vanderbilt University,” said Shaw. “This is an opportunity of a lifetime to be able to coach at an SEC school, who some view as the best athletic conference in the country, located in the heart of Nashville, that has the highest academic standards. When you combine the conference, the city, and the degree, we are really able to present student athletes with an amazing opportunity. This makes me excited for the possibilities we have!”

“I am super excited to be returning to my alma mater and give back,” said Livingston. “Coach Johnny Jones recruited me twice and we joke that only he had the power to get me to come back from Australia to help make an impact here at LSU.”

Livingston’s coaching path started at a very young age. Even though he played ten seasons in the NBA, it was in high school that he got the push to want to coach. As soon as he retired from playing basketball, he joined the coaching staff of the D-League’s Iowa Stampede and hasn’t looked back since.

“I was fortunate that I had great coaches at a young age like Bill Robinson and my high school coach Billy Fitzgerald,” said Livingston. “I had a very young and early start thanks to my mentors and when I made it to the NBA, I continued to be a student of the game by learning from my coaches on all of the teams that I played for during my professional career. I kind of compare it to gumbo where I put all of my coaches’ teachings and guidance in a pot and out comes one good coach in myself.”

Over at Vanderbilt, Shaw is hoping his 13 years of professional basketball experience can help be a resource to the talented but young Commodores team while also gaining valuable input himself.

“I hope to learn as much as I can, help our staff in any way I can, and serve as a resource for our players to help them be successful,” said Shaw. “We lost two players who were taken in the 1st round of the NBA Draft who made up 50% of our scoring last year and while those are big shoes for our players to fill, nonetheless our goal is to get back to the NCAA tournament where anything can happen.”

Both members are very grateful for the assistance the NBRPA has given them along the way. Shaw, who serves as a board member for the organization, credits the NBA’s Assistant Coaches program for helping him. The NBRPA proudly helps give its members access to the Assistant Coaches program.

“The NBRPA has helped me in many ways in the transition to life after basketball,
said Shaw. “Having the opportunity to participate in the NBA Assistant Coaches program helped me prepare for the current position I am in. Additionally, the networking among retired players is beneficial in building relationships with people who can help provide opportunities after playing. Many of the NBRPA members have sons who are growing into future prospective student athletes and I hope one day they will be able to come and play for Vanderbilt University!”

Livingston echoed Shaw’s sentiments. “The NBRPA provides another avenue for us to lean on to get information, to meet up at all the functions, and to have platforms to speak with former players and peers. President Arnie Fielkow has been very helpful to me and it’s always great when I get a chance to talk to (board member) Eldridge Recasner. Life after basketball is never 100% smooth, you always have bumps in the road, but the NBRPA is very helpful in guiding you in that journey.”

Though the 2016-2017 basketball schedule for both teams hasn’t fully been released yet, the brewing ‘rivalry’ between both schools and coaches is one NBRPA members can look forward to.

But don’t expect too much trash talk from both men. Sort of.

“I wish Randy all the best at LSU and look forward to crossing paths with him on the recruiting trail and seeing him this season when our teams face off,” said Shaw. “My wife was born in Baton Rouge so I know he is in a great place!”

Livingston too sent his best of luck to Shaw but did throw in a friendly warning.

“I welcome Casey and my good friends Roger Powell and Bryce Drew to the SEC and look forward to competing with them,” said Livingston. “But if you’re not a tiger, you’re tiger bait!”

About the National Basketball Retired Players Association
The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is comprised of former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA, WNBA and Harlem Globetrotters. It is a 501(c) 3 organization with a mission to develop, implement and advocate a wide array of programs to benefit its members, supporters and the community. The NBRPA was founded in 1992 by basketball legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson. The NBRPA works in direct partnerships with the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. Arnie D. Fielkow is the President and CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Thurl Bailey, Vice Chairman Dwight Davis, Treasurer Eldridge Recasner, Secretary Nancy Lieberman, Rick Barry, James Donaldson, Mike Glenn, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin Jr., David Naves, Johnny Newman and Casey Shaw.