April 20, 2009
SEATTLE - University of Washington men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar announced the hiring of highly-successful prep and amateur coach Raphael Chillious as assistant men's basketball coach.
Chillious has served as Nike's business manager for Elite Youth Basketball in Beaverton, Ore., since Feb., 2008. 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.
"We are very fortunate to have Raphael join our men's basketball staff," said Romar, the 2009 Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year. "He has extensive contacts in recruiting, both in the United State and abroad. He also has an excellent background in player development and will be responsible for coaching the guard position. Raphael has a great deal of energy and I'm confident that he will be a strong addition to our program."
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.
"It is hard for me to put into words exactly how excited I am to be joining the Husky basketball family," said Chillious. "I've known and admired Coach Romar for nearly 15 years and I have the utmost respect for him as a coach, mentor and friend. There aren't too many times in life a person gets the opportunity to reunite with his former players, join one of the most respected coaches in the business and walk into a situation where the team has a legitimate chance to make a deep run in the NCAA tourney."
During his career at South Kent, Chillious coached three players who are currently playing in the National Basketball Association - Josh Boone (New Jersey Nets), Dorrell Wright (Miami Heat) and Andray Blatche (Washington Wizards). He has coached nearly 40 players who have advanced their careers at NCAA Division I schools, including current Huskies Isaiah Thomas and Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
Chillious and his wife, Charline, have a 22-month-old daughter - Zaya Joy.