Duties Shifted for Several Members of Jay Wright's Staff
Raphael Chillious joined the Villanova Basketball staff as an assistant coach in August of 2012 after spending the previous three seasons in a similar capacity at the University of Washington. The move marks a return to the northeast for the native of Olney, Md., who earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Lafayette College in 1996.
"We are proud to add Raphael and his family to our Villanova community," stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright in making the announcement of his addition. "Raphael played for a great Villanovan, Fran O'Hanlon, at Lafayette and worked for an outstanding coach in Lorenzo Romar. He's experienced and brings passion to everything he does."
At Villanova, Chillious has a range of responsibilities including recruiting, on-court teaching, and skill development.
Chillious played a key role in tutoring the guards at Washington - including two-time All-Pac 10 performer Isaiah Thomas - and helped coach the team to a 26-10 record and NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in his first year in Seattle, followed by a 24-11 season and second consecutive Pac-10 Tournament championship in 2011. He also established his ability to recruit a the top high school and junior college level assisting Romar in landing acclaimed 2010 and 2011 classes.
Prior to his stint at the University of Washington, Chillious served as Nike's business manager for Elite Youth Basketball in Beaverton, Ore., from February 2008 until his hiring at Washington in April 2009. He previously served as the head coach and co-athletic director at South Kent (Conn.) School and also held the position of head basketball coach at West Nottingham Academy in Colora, Md.
Chillious began his career in 1997 as an assistant coach at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C. As an undergraduate, he played basketball at Lafayette for O'Hanlon, a former standout guard at Villanova (1967-70), and also earned a President's Club Silver Award for a 3.45 grade point average.
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.
Chillious and his wife Charlene are the parents of a daughter, Zaya Joy.