Kayla Bailey

GoRunners.com Staff Writer

He went from playing college basketball to coaching; 26-year-old Zack Grasmick has gotten to be very familiar with the CSUB athletics program and is beginning his start in what could be his ideal career.

In 2005, Grasmick came to CSUB as a freshman out of Porterville, Calif. Over the course of his four years at CSUB, Grasmick managed to make his name known and his stats progressed rapidly over-time.  Totaling 672 points over four years with an average of 6.5 points a game, 207 rebounds and 166 assists and having 16 all-time rankings; Grasmick showed plenty of talent.

Although a lot focus went to his talents on the court, Grasmick had to also direct his focus to the classroom. Attending CSUB as liberal studies major Grasmick had goals to pursue teaching and once he graduated he became a part of the schools credential program. Grasmick then went to work for the men's basketball program as a graduate assistant for former head coach Keith Brown.

 "I got around to the coaching side, watched them work, sat in meetings and listening to them talk." Grasmick said. "I was around that competitive environment everyday...it was an easy transition."

Realizing that coaching was in a sense similar to teaching, it seems he didn't defer his goals after all. Over the course of three years, having worked as grad assistant and director of operations, Grasmick finally worked his way into the assistant position in his final year.

After all his work with athletics, Grasmick gained the knowledge and experience necessary to receive an opportunity. That opportunity came when CSUB women's head Coach Greg McCall invited Grasmick to join his coaching staff for the CSUB women's basketball team last season. Now in his second season, Grasmick says enjoys his job and every perk that comes along with it; being able to travel, meet new people and the whole experience.

Grasmick says there is definitely a difference when it comes to coaching women as opposed to men, but working and teaching is the best part.

"Every arena you walk in, it's a new atmosphere, with the women's their will probably less fans but it is still very competitive," he said.