Vince Walden | Assistant Coach
Vince Walden is in his first season as an assistant coach at Arkansas State.
“I am extremely pleased and excited to welcome Vince and his family to Arkansas State,” Balado said. “Coach Walden brings a wealth of experience to our program, both as a leader and recruiter. His accomplishments at all levels make him an extremely important leader addition to our staff.”
Walden comes to Arkansas State with 17 years of coaching experience, including three years as an assistant at Liberty University (2012-15). Most recently, Walden was national team head coach of the IMG Academy basketball program in Bradenton, Fla.
“I'm thrilled to join Coach Mike Balado and the Arkansas State men's basketball staff,” said Walden. “Coach Balado comes from a winning pedigree and is a next level leader. The championship vision that he and Athletic Director Terry Mohajir have is one that I want to be a part of building. This is a tremendous community and my family and I are looking forward to being a part of the Red Wolves' Nation!”
Walden, a 2017 Naismith Trophy High School Boys Coach of the Year finalist, guided the Ascenders to a 26-2 record this past season and appearance in the DICK's Sporting Goods High School Nationals as the No. 2 seed. He helped the team to a No. 1 ranking in the Max Preps poll this past season and finished with a 53-12 record over the last two seasons. Trevon Duval, a McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand Classic invitee, shined for Walden this past season at IMG Academy, becoming the first player in the program to be invited to McDonald's All-American game and third to play in the Jordan Brand Classic.
As head coach, he oversaw four basketball teams and four coaches and was responsible for retention, player transitions and organizing future plans for graduating seniors. He is widely credited with building a culture that was centered on a positive and energetic atmosphere for players while teaching team and individual skills that developed character and leadership qualities, both on and off the court.
Walden was an integral part in Liberty's 2013 Big South Tournament championship run. The Flames rallied to win four-straight games against three of the top seeds in the tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament. During his tenure at Liberty, Walden trained and developed guard Davon Marshall, who was awarded the Big South Tournament MVP connecting on 17-of-24 3-point field goals. Marshall surpassed Seth Curry (102) for the most three-point field goals in a season with 107 in the 2012-13 season.
Prior to joining the Liberty University staff, Walden was national team head coach and recruiting coordinator from 2006-12 at the IMG Academy basketball program. He compiled a record of 146-56 record in that span and has a combined record of 201-68 in his time with the Ascenders. He has coached or developed over 50 professional players including 2014 second round NBA Draft picks Dwight Powell and DeAndre Daniels.
IMG is an internationally known Sports Academy, which conducts high-level training in basketball, tennis, golf and soccer. A graduate from Longwood University in 2001, Walden was a four-year letterwinner in basketball and a three-year captain for the Lancers.
Walden comes to Jonesboro along with his wife, Lakeesha, sons, Vinson Jr (8) and Zachary (6), and daughter Kari (2).
Casey Stanley | Assistant Coach
Casey Stanley is in his first season as assistant coach at Arkansas State for head coach Mike Balado.
“I’m pleased to announce the hiring of Casey Stanley to our staff,” Balado said. “Coach Stanley and I have a long history together and I know that he is an exceptional coach, recruiter and person of character. He was instrumental in the success they had at UNC-Wilmington and knows what it takes to assist in building a championship program.”
Stanley comes to Arkansas State after three seasons as assistant coach at UNC-Wilmington. He has nine years of experience at the NCAA Division I level after also working at Minnesota (2013-14), FIU (2012-13), Louisville (2011-12), Seton Hall (2010-11) and Iona (2008-10).
“The thing that made working for Arkansas State something I couldn’t pass up, is the opportunity to work for Mike Balado,” Stanley said. “Although I only worked with Coach Balado one year, it was easy to see why he is considered one of the young rising stars in the coaching profession. I consider it a privilege to be able to call Jonesboro home and see the tremendous support this city gives the Red Wolves first hand.”
Stanley, coaching under head coach Kevin Keatts, helped lead the Seahawks to postseason play all three years and the team posted a combined record of 72-28 (.720) and a 41-13 (.759) mark in Colonial Athletic Association play. UNCW was a program without a postseason berth the previous eight seasons, but the Seahawks went to the CIT in 2015 before back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2016 and 2017.
The 2016-17 UNC-Wilmington squad won a school-record 29 games as the team led the Colonial Athletic Association and ranked 10th nationally in scoring averaging 85.2 points per game. In 2015-16, the Seahawks were picked to finish sixth in the preseason poll, but tied the then school-record with 25 wins and its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005-06.
In his first season at UNCW, Stanley aided in the transformation of the program that finished last in the CAA for the 2013-14 season. The Seahawks won a share of the regular season title and finished with an 18-14 record.
Prior to joining the UNC-Wilmington staff, Stanley served as video coordinator for head coach Richard Pitino at Minnesota. The Gophers went 25-13 in the 2013-14 campaign, winning the NIT title with a 65-63 victory over SMU.
Stanley worked alongside Coach Balado during the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach at FIU. The Panthers posted their first winning season (18-14) in 13 years, the most wins in 15 years and reached the Sun Belt Conference championship game for the first time.
Before joining Richard Pitino at FIU, Stanley served as video coordinator for Rick Pitino at Louisville in the 2011-12 season.
Additionally, Stanley worked for Kevin Willard at Seton Hall in 2010-11 as Coordinator of Basketball Operations. Stanley attended Iona College and worked as Director of Operations for Willard during his time there.
Stanley earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science at Iona in 2008.
Mike Scutero | Assistant Coach
Mike Scutero is in his second season on Mike Balado's staff at Arkansas State.
Scutero, listed among the top-25 best offseason assistant coach hires in 2017 as chosen by CoachStat.net, has over 20 years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division I, junior college, high school and AAU levels. He was previously on coaching staffs at Arkansas State (2014-16), Kennesaw State (2013-14), Middle Tennessee (2009-13) and Odessa Junior College (2004-09).
Scutero is familiar with the program after spending the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons on the sidelines at First National Bank Arena. Scutero was instrumental in recruiting Devin Carter, a two-time all-conference selection, to A-State. Carter scored 1,062 points in his two seasons as a Red Wolf, becoming just the third player in program history to reach 1,000 points in two seasons played.
While at Kennesaw State, Scutero served as the Owls’ recruiting coordinator and was responsible for all aspects associated with recruiting. He assisted with on floor coaching in practice and oversaw opponent scouting under head coach Lewis Preston.
During his tenure at Middle Tennessee State, Scutero was a part of three (2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13) Sun Belt Conference Championship and three postseason teams (College Insider Tournament, National Invitational Tournament, and NCAA Tournament) as a member of head coach Kermit Davis’ staff. Scutero, who recruited and coached MTSU’s first SBC Player of the Year (LaRon Dendy), Defensive Player of the Year (Bruce Massey Jr.) and Conference USA Player of the Year (Shawn Jones), was the assistant to the head coach and director of basketball operations at MTSU. The Blue Raiders not only posted the most single-season victories (28) in the program’s history to that point, but also made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 24 years and ranked top 10 nationally with a combined 55 wins over a two-season period.
Prior to MTSU, Scutero was the associate men’s basketball head coach and recruiting coordinator at Odessa (Texas) College from 2004-09. He helped guide the Wranglers’ to three consecutive 20-plus win seasons, a 2007 Western Junior College Athletic Conference championships, and a top 10-place ranking in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Poll each campaign under NJCAA Hall of Fame Coach Dennis Helms.
Scutero started his coaching career as assistant at Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Fla., where he helped lead LHHS to five state Class 6A and 5A playoff appearances in seven seasons (1996-03). He was a member of the LHHS staff to be recognized three times (1999, 2002, and 2003) as Florida’s State Coaching Staff of the Year. In the 2002-03 season, the SilverHawks compiled a school-record 29 victories (29-7 record) and made their first-ever State Final Four appearance in school history. Scutero then secured an assistant coaching post at Winter Springs (Fla.) High School for the 2003-04 season and played a key role in the Bears registering their winningest season of all time to go with the prep school’s first-ever Class 6A Regional Playoff appearance.
A native of Orlando, Fla., Scutero assisted with the highly-touted Nike Team Florida Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) program which was comprised of the top high school players in the state of Florida and were three time (2001, 2002, and 2004) Florida AAU State Champions.
Scutero had the opportunity to recruit and coach over 50 players who moved on to NCAA Division I schools and nearly 25 players to play professionally. Some of Scutero’s most notable players are Chandler Parsons (Florida and 2011 SEC Player of the Year) of the Memphis Grizzlies, guard Nick Calathes (Florida and 2007 McDonalds All American) of the Panathinaikos of the Greek Basket League, and Houston Rockets’ Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (UCLA). Brandon Marshall (Central Florida), who plays for the National Football League’s New York Giants, was also one of Scutero’s hoops standouts in high school.
Scutero graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in liberal studies and a minor in athletic coaching. Scutero and his wife, Kimberly, have two sons – Noah and Kaleb.
Hayden McClain | Director of Operations
Hayden McClain is in his first season as director of operations. He joined the program after six seasons with the Austin Peay program. Hayden McClain is in his first season as director of operations. He joined the program after six seasons with the Austin Peay program.
McClain most recently served as special assistant to head coach Matt Figger at Austin Peay. Under Figger, he helped with opponent scouts, assisted in operations and was assistant to the head coach in all other duties. He also helped lead the program's community service outreach with close to 40 hours per athlete.
Previously, he spent five seasons as a manager for the Governors. He helped the squad to a 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance under Hall of Fame coach Dave Loos.
After five seasons as a manager for the men's basketball program, McClain remained with the Governors for the 2016-17 season as a graduate assistant. He assisted the Governors in a variety of ways that season, including locker room and equipment responsibilities, help with on-campus recruiting, operations, study hall and film breakdown.
The hard-working and highly energetic Trezevant, Tenn., native became a valuable asset to both the players and the coaching staff in his role as the program’s head manager, largely because of his loyalty and reliability. During practice he often could be found helping coaches run halfcourt drills on one end of the floor or challenging players and the other managers to shooting contest.
McClain’s love of basketball was natural in that his grandfather once played for APSU before a knee injury sidetracked his promising career. McClain was a three-time all-district selection and all-region as a senior at West Carroll High School after averaging 15 points per game, including a career-best 29-point effort.McClain graduated in 2016 with a degree in history. His goal is to coach college basketball.
Skyler Sullivan | Director of Scouting
Skyler Sullivan is in his first season as director of scouting with A-State men's basketball.
He most recently spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant with the Tulsa men’s basketball program.
Sullivan graduated from Nebraska in May 2016 with a degree in education and human sciences. He served as head student manager for the Cornhuskers basketball team for three years, where he assisted with practice drills and statistics, creating scouting reports and editing video, and assisting with team travel planning. He also served as a counselor at Nebraska basketball camps, and volunteered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Husker Buddies.
Sullivan served as head coach of the Nebraska Select 14U AAU summer team in 2015 and the Nebraska Select 14U-15U teams in 2014 and 2015.
A native of Doniphan, Neb., Sullivan earned master’s degree in education studies from Tulsa.