The Advisory Board for FSU-COACH is comprised of coaches and sports professionals with extensive knowledge and experience in sports and coaching. The Board provides regular support and insight into current coaching methods, challenges, and guides the future direction of the Center. If you are interested in serving on the Advisory Board, please contact the Director, Tim Baghurst.
Shaun Caven is the Para Canoe Sprint Head Coach for Paddle Australia. His team won three gold and two bronze medals at the 2023 World Championships. At the 2019 World Championships, his team qualified four athletes to Tokyo 2020 to compete in six events, winning two gold, one silver, and one bronze medal. Originally from Scotland, Shaun’s previous coaching experience includes working with the Scotland Team ('97-'01), Great Britain Junior Team ('01-'05), and Great Britain National Team as Head Coach ('05-'08). He then moved to Oklahoma City, where he established a USOPC National High-Performance Center. He was named USA Team Leader/Head Coach at the 2012 Olympics and USA Head Coach at the 2016 Paralympic Games. In 2020, Shaun was awarded the Paddle Australia Coach of the Year.
Vanessa Fuchs is the Chief Executive Officer of WeCOACH. Prior to that, she served as the Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator at Florida State University as well as Interim Athletics Director in 2013. Vanessa’s tenure at FSU began in 2010, where she served in a variety of important leadership roles over the past decade. Named the 2015 Women Leaders in College Sports Division I Administrator of the Year and an FSU Champion Beyond the Game honoree in 2016, she was instrumental in providing strategic direction for departmental initiatives focused on student-athlete welfare, enhancing athletic performance, fundraising and revenue generation, gender equity, and diversity and inclusion. Prior to arriving at Florida State, Vanessa committed seven years to the NCAA in Indianapolis in Academic and Membership Affairs. She got her start as a Championships Intern with the ACC in 2001. The Pompano Beach, Florida, native was a four-year letterwinner for the Seminoles’ women’s basketball team from 1997-2001. She was the team co-captain in her senior year and finished her career as a four-time ACC Honor Roll selection.
Kacy King, Ph.D. serves as the Senior Associate Athletics Director and Executive Director of the Student-Athlete Support Services Office at The Ohio State University. Prior to joining Ohio State, King worked at Florida State University, where she served as Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Athletics Director. She joined the staff at FSU in 2011 serving in many roles during her 10 years at the institution. King also worked as Academic Coordinator for the football and volleyball programs at Duke University (2007-2011).
King is an active member of the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A) where she has served on the Board of Directors since 2016. She is also a member of Women Leaders in College Sports.
Originally from Bexley, Ohio, King received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. She was a member of the field hockey program. She earned a Master's degree in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University, where she also earned her Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education with a cognate in Educational Psychology.
Kacy is married to Andrew King. They have two daughters - Ellery and Fiona.
Adrian Griffin is a former player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) where his teams advanced to the postseason in five of his nine years as a professional including one trip to the championship in 2006 with the Dallas Mavericks. Shortly after concluding his player career, Griffin joined the NBA as a coach, and has worked with the Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder. In 2018, he joined the Toronto Raptors as lead assistant coach and was instrumental in helping the Raptors win their first NBA Championship in 2019. In 2023, he was hired as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Griffin also has international coaching experience. In 2014, he spent the summer working with the USA Basketball Men's National team that went on to win the gold medal at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. His many coaching experiences has afforded him the opportunity to work with players including Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose, and Paul George. In addition, his coaching experiences including working alongside Tom Thibodeau, Scott Skiles, Ron Adams, Billy Donovan, Tom Thibodeau, Monty Williams, Jim Boeheim, and Mike Krzyzewski.
Griffin completed his bachelor's and master's degrees at Seton Hall and has a doctorate in leadership studies from the University of Concordia – Chicago.