After making his mark as one of the top recruiters in low major Division I basketball, David Beaver is wasting little time putting his stamp as one of the up-and-coming coaches in women’s basketball.
Beaver enters his first year as head coach at Brown Mackie after a three year stint as head coach at NCAA Division II Texas A&M International, where his teams improved each year in wins and record, qualified for two conference tournaments in three seasons for the first time in school history, and led the program to the school’s first winning nonconference record and second winningest overall record at the NCAA level.
Prior to International, Beaver was the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division I Sam Houston State, where he was instrumental in helping the program ultimately go from worst to first. After a 1-28 campaign in their first year together, Beaver, under the tutelage of head coach Brenda Nichols, landed the school’s top two highest ranked recruiting classes in consecutive years. Sam Houston steadily improved each year thereafter, and those two recruiting classes won Southland Conference titles as juniors and seniors.
Before coming to Sam Houston State, Beaver was part of teams that produced winning records in seven consecutive seasons.
Beaver served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Connors State College, where he helped the team to a 17-13 record, the school’s first region tournament appearance in three years, and landed a recruiting class that produced a staggering 58-9 record over the next two years.
Beaver spent four seasons as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at Redlands Community College where he helped turn the program into a national powerhouse. The Cougars 86 games with four conference titles, four region championships, and made NJCAA national tournament appearances. The Cougars were never ranked below 13th in the NJCAA poll during Beaver’s tenure on staff.
Beaver also spent one successful season as the head coach at Collinsville High School in Collinsville, TX where he directed the Pirates to their only winning season in the past 31 years and the team’s highest district finish since 1982. Taking over a team that had won just 17 games the previous three seasons, Beaver produced a 15-13 record and a third place finish in one of the state’s toughest districts. Collinsville also made its first tournament championship game appearance since 1982 and beat a state-ranked Top 10 team for the first time in school history. Beaver’s team also finished in the Top 10 in scoring offense and team defense of all schools in the entire Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, regardless of classification. Beaver also produced five all-district selections, more than the previous five years combined.
Beaver began his coaching career as graduate assistant coach under former head coach James Smith at Northwestern State. He helped guide the Demons to a runner-up finish in the Southland Conference.
Beaver is a native of Arlington, Texas, where he attended Lamar High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Northwestern State (LA), and his master’s degree in sport management from the University of Oklahoma.
Amanda Mangan begins her first year on David Beaver’s staff. The Waxahachie, TX native comes to Brown Mackie following a stellar playing career at Texas A&M International University and Jacksonville College.
Before coaching, Mangan posted two solid seasons at TAMIU. In her final campaign, she started 15 of the Dustdevils’ 26 games, averaging 8.3 points and 4.8 rebounds, while shooting 33% from 3-point range.
During Mangan’s junior year at TAMIU, playing under Beaver, Mangan averaged 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds while again shooting 33% from 3-point range in almost double the attempts from her senior season. She started 18 of the team’s 26 games and helped the program to the then-second best record in school history. Under Beaver, Mangan earned All-Heartland Conference honorable mention honors for her efforts on the court.
In the classroom, Mangan earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology while posting a 3.3 GPA.
Mangan averaged 11.6 points per game and 10.6 rebounds per game during her sophomore season at Jacksonville College. She attended Waxahachie (TX) High School, where she was a three time All-District performer and helped lead the team to the 2006 Class 4A State Championship.