UTM MEN'S BASKETBALL ADDS TRAVAUN COAD TO 2016-17 ROSTER

July 7, 2016

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MARTIN, Tenn. – Travaun Coad, a 6-1, 170-pound combo guard from Midland College, has signed with the University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball program. Coad will be a junior this upcoming season and will have two years of eligibility in a Skyhawk uniform.

“Travaun is an extremely athletic, explosive combo guard,” UT Martin head coach Anthony Stewart said. “We are very pleased not only with his skill set but with his character – he is definitely the kind of player that we want to be a part of our Skyhawk culture.”

Coad played for head coach Jordan Dreiling last season at Midland College, a junior college located in Midland, Texas. Coad was part of a Chaparral squad that posted a 21-9 overall record in 2015-16, including a 12-game winning streak at the beginning of the year.

A West Lawn, Pa. native, Coad averaged 8.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per game last season, connecting on 39.1 percent (27-for-69) from three-point land. He also sank 75.5 percent (83-of-110) of his free throw attempts on the year. In conference play, he increased his scoring average to 11.6 points per game while also shooting 42 percent (21-of-50) from three-point range and 78.3 percent (65-for-83) from the charity stripe.

Coad piled up three games of 20 or more points in 2015-16, including a career-best 34-point effort in the season finale at New Mexico Military Institute on Feb. 25. In that game, he shot 9-of-14 from the floor (including a 6-for-9 effort from three-point range) while knocking down 10 of his 13 free throw attempts. He also went off for 25 points at Odessa on Jan. 21 and 22 points against Clarendon on Dec. 5.

Coad spent his freshman season playing under head coach Kevin Clark at Lackawanna College, a junior college located in Scranton, Pa. Coad led the Falcons in scoring (17.6 points per game) while also averaging 3.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.9 steals in a team-high 34.6 minutes per game. In addition, he drained 38.1 percent (40-for-105) of his three-point attempts and led the team in free throws made (105) and blocks (12). Against conference opponents, he scored 18.3 points per outing while shooting 42.6 percent (23-of-54) from three-point range.

The left-handed shooting Coad scored in double-figures in 27 of his 28 games as a freshman, including 10 games with at least 20 points. His two best scoring games came against Passaic County Community College on Nov. 13 (35 points on 11-of-19 shooting) and against ASA College on Jan. 10 (31 points on 12-for-15 shooting). He nearly compiled a 4:1 assist-to-turnover ratio (35 assists against nine turnovers) in his final six games and also emerged as one of the team’s best defenders, swiping multiple steals in 17 contests.

Coad played for head coach Matt Coldren at Wilson High School, as he was part of a Bulldog squad that went 26-4 overall during his senior campaign. Coad averaged 16 points per game as a senior for Wilson, whose three regular season losses came by a combined 11 points.



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