Ferris State University women's basketball head coach ColleenLamoreaux-Tate announced the appointment of West Michigan nativeShea Mead as the program's full-time assistantcoach in June 2013.
Mead had spent the previous two seasons as a graduate assistantcoach in the women's basketball program at NCAA Division I CentralMichigan. The Chippewas made the school's first NCAATournament appearance in 29 years this past season and won theMid-American Conference Tournament while registering theirthird-straight 20-plus win campaign under head coach SueGuevara.
Mead was heavily involved with many facets of the CMU program,including facility operations, on-floor coaching, organizing scoutteam players, running summer camps, overseeing team managers,coordinating study and exam schedules and more.
"I've known Shea for a long time and he's a very loyal personwho's familiar with our style," said Lamoreaux-Tate. "He'llbe a tremendous asset to our women's basketball staff and willbring a great work ethic to our program. He's learned a lotunder Sue Guevara and we're excited he's joined the Bulldogfamily."
Along with his graduate assistant coaching duties at CMU, Meadalso served as a graduate assistant in the physical educationdepartment for a year where he taught students the fundamentals ofbasketball and evaluated direct class activities.
A Grand Rapids native, Mead competed on the prep level at GrandRapids Catholic Central High School during Lamoreaux-Tate's stintas the Cougars' head girls coach. He went on to receive abachelor of applied arts degree in sports studies with a minor inbusiness administration and coaching from CMU in 2011. Herecently earned his masters degree in sports administration.
"This is a great opportunity at Ferris State to work with anoutstanding group of student-athletes," Mead said. "The future isbright and I'm excited about working with Colleen as she builds achampionship program."
During his time as an undergraduate student, Mead served as theseventh and eighth grade head boys and girls basketball coach atBeal City Public Schools. He was also an intern in themarketing department at Central Michigan where he helped promotethe Chippewas' athletic events, conducted women's basketballin-game promotions and assisted with day-to-day operations.
In the summer of 2011, Mead also served as an intern for theWNBA's Indiana Fever in Indianapolis. He helped coordinatetalent bookings and mascot contracts, assisted in coordination ofon-floor activities, took part in game operations/marketingmeetings and worked extensively on assigned projects.
As a member of the Central Michigan Sport ManagementAssociation, Mead volunteered with CMU Athletics for numerousevents and composed an article for the Basketball CoachesAssociation of Michigan (BCAM). He also competed infundraising challenges and attended conferences.
While at Central Michigan, Mead also worked on severaleducational projects in the sports industry. He served as aresearch consultant for Fan Central Data Consultants where hecreated a survey for fan and game day experiences and presentedfindings to CMU's senior athletics staff. He also worked asan event planner for Hoops for Funger which enabled him tocoordinate and supervise a team of 12 volunteers that collected anddistributed over 51,000 pounds of food for local food banks. Finally, he spent time as a Director of Research on a FatheadCompany Project in which he used social media to market Fatheadproducts to college students while communicating with companyexecutives.