Wednesday, December 04, 2013 5:13 PM
Published on: Thursday, August 01, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
After a one-year stint at Villanova, Olney native Raphael Chillious has re-joined Lorenzo Romar’s coaching staff at the University of Washington.
“He has an unbelievable reputation as a basketball coach and recruiter around the country,” said Romar. “He is an attractor with great people skills.”
Chillious was a vital member of Jay Wright’s staff at Villanova last season when he helped lead the Wildcats to a 20-14 record including a 10-8 mark in the Big East.
“It was a different perspective playing, coaching and recruiting in the Big East,” said Chillious, a 1990 Sherwood graduate. “It’s very different from the Pac-12. That has given me more tools in my coaching tool box.”
Prior to Villanova, Chillious was an integral part of Romar’s staff that helped guide the Huskies to back-to-back Pac-10 tournament championships and the regular season title in the first year of the newly formed Pac-12.
“It was hard leaving those guys last year,” said Chillious, “but now I’m back.”
During his tenure at Washington, Chillious tutored current NBA guards Isaiah Thomas and Tony Wroten. Before his stint at Washington, the Maryland native was a business manager for Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball programs in Oregon. He also served as the head coach at South Kent School in Connecticut for five years and had a two-year stint at Nottingham Academy in Maryland.
The Montgomery County product played high school basketball at Sherwood for former head coach Mel Laughner before going to Lafayette. At Sherwood, Chillious was known as Ralph Carter.
“I’m not surprised that Ralph is moving up the ladder in coaching,” said Laughner, who coached basketball at the Sandy Spring public school for nearly three decades. “He’s a bright young man.”