Shantay Legans, a former point guard for winning basketball programs in high school and college, begins his seventh season as an assistant basketball coach for the Eagles in the 2015-16 school year. Following the 2014-15 season, he was also given the additional title of associate head coach.
Legans assists in recruiting, scouting and game preparation for the Eagles, as well as on-the-floor coaching and the development of EWU’s backcourt players. He helped coach Eastern to a 26-9 record overall, Big Sky Conference regular season and tournament titles and a NCAA Tournament appearance in the 2014-15 season.
While at Eastern, he has helped developed a trio of All-Big Sky Conference guards in Glen Dean, Cliff Colimon and Tyler Harvey. Dean was the league’s Freshman of the Year in 2010 and an All-BSC guard in 2011; Colimon earned first-team all-league and All-Big Sky Conference Tournament honors as a senior in 2012.
Legans helped develop Harvey from an Eastern walk-on to NBA draftee, including Harvey’s transition to a starting position late in the 2012-13 season. Harvey averaged 16.5 points on 55 percent shooting from the field (including 20-of-44 3-point attempts) in EWU’s last eight games that year after scoring just 17 points in the first 13 games he played.
In the 2013-14 season, Harvey was a first team All-Big Sky selection and earned second team honors on the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 6 team – EWU’s first player honored on that team since Rodney Stuckey in 2007. He followed that by leading NCAA Division I in scoring (23.1) and 3-pointers (4.0) per game in the 2014-15 season, and was eventually taken in the second round of the NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic as the 51st pick overall.
Harvey also earned honorable mention All-America honors and was a first team Academic All-America selection. Harvey was also MVP of the Big Sky Conference Tournament.
“Having Shantay on our staff is a huge plus,” said Eastern head coach Jim Hayford. “He’s very loved by the players, and is known all through West Coast basketball circles because of his own playing career. He’s dialed-in to the AAU circuit and knows high school and junior college coaches throughout the region.”
Legans came to Eastern after serving as an assistant coach for two seasons at Laguna Blanca High School in Santa Barbara, Calif. Previously, he was a student assistant coach for Ray Lopes at Fresno State for two seasons before embarking upon a more than three-year career playing professional basketball in Europe. Legans also has experience coaching various AAU teams in California and serving as a personal trainer.
He played at California for three seasons from 1999-2002, helping lead the Golden Bears to a collective record of 61-35 (.635). He then spent his senior season (2003-04) at Fresno State, which finished with a 14-15 record overall and a 10-8 mark in the Western Athletic Conference. He averaged 15.0 points and 5.6 assists while averaging more than 38 minutes per game in his final collegiate season. He was team captain at Fresno State and received his bachelor’s degree in ethnic studies in 2004.
Formerly from Goleta, Calif., and Dos Pueblos High School, Legans averaged 4.4 assists, 10.4 points and 1.4 steals per game during his 124-game collegiate career, making 83.9 percent of his free throws, 40.2 percent of his field goals and 36.6 percent of his three-point shots.
While at Dos Pueblos High School, he was named league MVP and Player of the Year for Santa Barbara County. He also earned All-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) honors, and was rated as the seventh-best point guard in the country by Recruiting USA and the No. 19 point guard by PrepStar. His high school team advanced to the CIF Playoffs each of his four seasons on the squad.
Legans was born July 30, 1981, in Ventura, Calif. He was married on May 10, 2014, to former Eastern women’s basketball player Tatjana Sparavalo. His mother’s name is Susan Legans and he has two brothers, Dominic and Calisto Plurde, and one sister, Lisa Legans.