SEATTLE – University of Washington assistant men’s basketball coach Raphael Chillious has been elevated to associate head coach, Lorenzo Romar announced Monday.
“Raphael is one of the top assistant coaches in the country, and while he has a great reputation as a recruiter, he is much more than that,” said Romar. “He’s very good on the floor with the student-athletes and during games. I believe he’s ready to run his own program. He’s a well-rounded coach and we are lucky to have him as part of our program.”
“I’m very appreciative and thankful that both the administration and Lorenzo feel as strongly about me as I feel about the program and the direction that we are going as a unit,” said Chillious. “Coach Romar has done a fantastic job of not only cultivating long lasting relationships with his players but with this move it’s clear that he’s deeply invested in the stability of his staff. I’m really looking forward to what we’re going to accomplish in the very near future as a program.”
Chillious initially joined the UW staff in 2009 as an assistant coach and has played a key role in coaching the Husky guards and helping the Dawgs reign in highly ranked recruiting classes. He’s mentored NBA All-Star Isaiah Thomas, Tony Wroten, C.J. Wilcox, Quincy Pondexter, Terrence Ross, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Justin Holiday, Andrew Andrews, Dejounte Murray and Marquese Chriss amongst others.
In his six seasons with UW, he has helped the team to two Pac-10 Tournament Championships, an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance and three 20-win seasons. Chillious has also been influential in bringing in top ranked classes in 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2016. He was key in the signing of Washington’s No. 7 class in 2015 along with bringing in top 10 national recruit and McDonald’s All-American Markelle Fultz for the class of 2016.
Chillious spent a year at Villanova as part of Jay Wright’s staff during the 2012-13 season where he helped the Wildcats to a 20-14 record while coaching All-BIG EAST selection JayVaughn Pinkston and All-Rookie team member Ryan Arcidiacono, who most recently was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship.
Prior to Washington, Chillious served as Nike’s business manager for Elite Youth Basketball in Beaverton, Ore. He previously served as the head coach and co-athletic director at South Kent (Conn.) School from 2003-08. He also held the position as head basketball coach at Nottingham Academy in Colora, Md. from 2001-03.
Chillious began his career in 1997 as an assistant coach at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C. He is a 1996 graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and registered a 3.4 grade point average as a senior He also served as a captain of the Lafayette basketball team.
Chillious and his wife, Charlene, have a young daughter – Zaya Joy.