Instead of filling a vacancy, Vanderbilt men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings opted for a short bench — and to promote from within.
On Monday, Stallings announced that former Commodore Dan Cage had been promoted to the team’s director of operations. He spent the last two years as the assistant director of operations.
The move comes after a spot opened up when assistant Dan Muller took the head coaching job at his alma mater, Illinois State, in May. Stallings will stick with three assistants — Brad Frederick, Tom Richardson and David Cason — and Cage.
“Dan has worked very hard for us this past season and I felt that he deserved this promotion,” Stallings said. “He is a graduate of this program and university, and connects very well with our players, both past and present, and to our staff. I have confidence that he will do an outstanding job with his expanded duties that go along with this new position.”
Cage, an Indianapolis native, played at Vanderbilt from 2003-07. He averaged 11.2 points as a senior and helped the Commodores to two NCAA Tournaments (2004 and 2007). Cage played four years professionally in Europe before being hired by Stallings in 2010.
“I have a great love for the people here, this program, and most importantly, this university,” Cage said. “I am humbled by the opportunity to learn from, and work with, such an incredible staff and I sincerely hope that my service to this group is able to help continue our wonderful tradition of success here at Vanderbilt.”