Casey Weitzel enters his fifth year as an assistant coach under head coach Justin Leslie after helping the Cougars claim back-to-back Pacific West Conference regular-season championships and advance to the NCAA Division II postseason in each of the program's first two seasons of postseason eligibility.
Noted for his dedication and passion in recruiting, with ties from coast to coast as well as internationally from his extensive prior coaching experience, Weitzel has also provided coaching at a number of high-profile camps.
During his first two years with Azusa Pacific, Weitzel was a key figure for a coaching staff which successfully navigated the university's transition to active Division II membership. He oversees the organization of team travel, supervision of team managers, and is involved extensively with player development. He contributes in all areas of coaching, including recruiting, scouting, game preparation, strength and conditioning, practice planning, fundraising, video evaluation, and on-court coaching.
Prior to joining Azusa Pacific, Weitzel spent two years as an assistant coach at Shepherd University, an NCAA Division II program in West Virginia, helping turn a streak of three losing seasons around in 2012 when the Rams finished 14-14. While there, he helped develop forward Chad Moore into Shepherd's first All-Atlantic Region representative in over a decade, as Moore earned second team recognition along with earning All-WVIAC first team honors.
Prior to Shepherd, Weitzel served as a graduate assistant for two years under head coach Bob Huggins at West Virginia University, where he was part of the coaching staff that guided the Mountaineers to a school-record 31 wins in 2010. After winning four consecutive games in the Big East Tournament by a combined margin of nine points for the program's first-ever Big East conference championship, the Mountaineers won four more as a No. 2-seed in the NCAA Tournament to get West Virginia back to the Final Four for the first time in 51 years. The Mountaineers finished the year ranked No. 3 in the final USA Today Coaches Poll.
In addition to winning the Big East Tournament championship in 2010, the Mountaineers were also recognized as the conference's top academic team, claiming the Big East Academic Excellence Award which recognized the highest collective grade-point averages in each conference sport. In Weitzel's first year at West Virginia, the Mountaineers posted a 23-12 record and earned a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Among the players Weitzel helped coach at West Virginia were Da'Sean Butler, an Associated Press All-American, and Devin Ebanks, who were both selected in the 2010 NBA Draft.
Weitzel also coached at Grand Canyon University for three years (2005-08), helping guide the Antelopes to the 2007 Pacific West Conference championship along with an appearance in the NCAA West Regional semifinals. Some of the players Weitzel coached there included two-time All-PacWest Rudy Bogan, who led the conference in three-pointers and three-point shooting percentage in 2008, along with 2007 All-PacWest first team selections Bryan Lee and Rich Davis, the latter who led the nation in three-point percentage in 2007. The 2007 season saw Grand Canyon head coach Scott Mossman claim conference coach of the year honors as the Antelopes won the PacWest regular-season championship as a first-year league member.
Weitzel teaches courses in Azusa Pacific's department of physical education, and he spent two years teaching in the department of HPERS (Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sports) at Shepherd. He was a physical education instructor for one year at Grand Canyon.
Weitzel graduated from Grand Canyon University, receiving his bachelor's degree in 2007 with a major in physical education and a minor in athletic coaching. In 2010, he completed his master's degree in athletic coaching education at West Virginia.
Weitzel resides in Glendora.