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May 16, 2013

Chillious returns to Romar's staff

SEATTLE - University of Washington Basketball Coach Lorenzo Romar announced Thursday that Raphael Chillious will re-join his coaching staff, pending successful background checks. Chillious spent last season at Villanova after serving as an assistant to Romar at UW from 2010-12.

"He has an unbelievable reputation as a basketball coach and recruiter around the country," Romar said. "He is an attractor with great people skills."

"I'm excited to have Chills back," Romar continued. "He is very familiar with our program. The fact that he was here with us once and then went away, he has an advantage this time around in that he can make an impact from day one and he really gets what it takes to be successful at the University of Washington."

The addition of Chillious, who helped lead Villanova to the 2013 NCAA tournament and was part of three Washington teams that won either the Conference regular season or tournament championship, plus the recent hiring of tenacious recruiter and former Iowa State associate head coach T.J. Otzelberger gives Romar a pair of rising coaching stars on his staff.

"We will have a staff that has great energy and that will do a great job of working together," Romar said. "I believe that our coaches will complement each other at a high level and will give us a great opportunity to win more championships."

Chillious was a vital member of Jay Wright's staff at Villanova in 2013, when he helped the Wildcats to a 20-14 record, 10-8 in BIG EAST action. He coached third team All-BIG EAST selection JayVaughn Pinkson and All-Rookie team member Ryan Arcidiacono and Villanova notched three wins over top-five ranked opponents, including a 73-64 victory over eventual national champion Louisville. The Wildcats earned a No. 9 seed in the NCAA tournament and lost in the first round to North Carolina.

"It was a different perspective playing, coaching and recruiting in the Big East. It's very different from the Pac-12," Chillous said. "That has given me more tools in my coaching tool box.

"It was hard leaving those guys last year, but now I'm back."

Prior to Villanova, Chillious was an integral part of Romar's staff that helped the Huskies to back-to-back Pac-10 tournament championships in 2010 and '11, plus the regular season title in first year of the newly formed Pac-12 in 2012.

Chillious played a key role in coaching guards at Washington - including Isaiah Thomas, who was a two-time All-Pac-10 performer. He also established his foothold in the world of recruiting by helping Romar form highly acclaimed 2010 and 2011 classes.

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.

Before UW, Chillious coached three players who are playing or played in the National Basketball Association - Josh Boone, Dorrell Wright and Andray Blatche. He has coached nearly 40 players who have advanced their careers at NCAA Division I schools, including former Huskies Thomas and Matthew Bryan-Amaning.

Chillious and his wife, Charlene, have a daughter - Zaya Joy.

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