Aug 27, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Tony Sheals has been named the new head men’s basketball coach at St. Augustines University, replacing Lonnie Blow who left for a job at Virginia State in July.
Sheals has coached on the high school, collegiate and professional levels for more than 20 years, including Florida State University, Bethune-Cookman University, Towson University and Delaware State University. Sheals spent the last three seasons at Florida A&M University, where he was the associate head coach.
“We are excited to add Coach Sheals to our athletic family,” St. Aug Athletic Director George Williams said. “He is a veteran coach who will lead an outstanding group of players this season.”
Sheals will take over a St. Aug team which finished 16-12 overall last season and returns five players.
“It is a tremendous opportunity and honor to represent the Falcon community,” Sheals said. “I look forward to coaching in the CIAA and leading our program to success.”
Sheals was head coach at Bethune-Cookman from 1994-97 and Delaware State in 2000 during their most successful periods in basketball history. He finished with a conference record of .500 or better each season at Bethune-Cookman, and was named MEAC Coach of the Year in 1995.
Sheals was Director of Basketball Operations at the University of Miami from 2001-02 and an assistant coach at Florida State from 2002-06. During his time in Miami, the Hurricanes played in the NCAA Tournament four times in five years and won a then school-record 24 games. At Florida State, he helped assemble four of the top recruiting classes in school history, including the nation's No. 1-ranked class in 2003.