Less than a month after being named head women's basketball coach at Kent State University, Todd Starkey's first hire is former Chowan University head coach Patrick Mashuda.
Mashuda joins Kent State after twelve seasons as the head coach at Chowan, where he also served as an associate athletic director. He led the team to the NCAA Atlantic Regional Tournament, the first ever appearance in school history, and the program's first-ever 20-win season in 2015-16 as the Hawks finished 20-9.
"We are very fortunate to attract someone with Coach Mashuda's qualifications to join our staff at Kent State," said Starkey. "He brings a wealth of experience and will prove to be a great asset for the program."
A six-time conference Coach of the Week recipient, Mashuda took Chowan to two semifinal appearances in the CIAA conference tournament.
He has recruited and developed eight all-conference selections, three rookies of the year and six all-rookie team members. He also understands the importance of the off-the-court aspects of the game, as his program has logged more than 100 hours of community service every year. As associate athletic director, he was responsible for the department's NCAA compliance expectations, serving a big role in the school's transition from Division III to Division II. He had served as president of the CIAA Women's Basketball Coaches Association as well as Division II Conference Captain and three-year member of the Division II Regional Advisory Committee.
Mashuda's experience in building a squad will be valued by the Golden Flashes. Kent State went 21-98 in four years under previous head coach Danielle O'Banion, whose contract was not renewed. Starkey, the sixth coach in program history, was introduced as the new head coach at a press conference on April 20.
Chowan is expected to announce Mashuda's successor at a press conference on Friday, May 27.