Raphael Chillious joined the UConn coaching staff in March, 2017, as associate head coach, bringing with him a wealth of experience coaching on the prep and college level and the reputation as a top-notch national recruiter.
Chillious came to UConn after spending seven of the past eight seasons on the coaching staff at the University of Washington in two separate stints, including the 2016-17 season as associate head coach.
He began his Division I coaching career at Washington in 2009-10, where he remained for three seasons before joining the coaching staff at Villanova in 2012-13. After one year at Villanova, Chillious returned to the Washington staff and was part of that coaching staff until coming to UConn. Chillious has been credited as the key to Washington’s highly-ranked recruiting classes of 2010, 2011, the No. 7-rated class of 2015, and the outstanding class of 2016, which included Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.
Prior to his first stint at Washington, Chillious served a year as a business manager for Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball in Beaverton, Ore., where his responsibilities included leading a team that conducted clinics and camps throughout the United States and foreign locations, identifying young basketball talent.
Chillious previously served as the head basketball coach and co-athletic director at South Kent (Conn.) School (2003-2008), where he mentored future NBA stars Isaiah Thomas, Dorrell Wright, Andray Blatche and Dion Waiters. Before going to South Kent, he was also a prep school coach at West Nottingham Academy (Colora, Md.), where he coached future UConn and New Jersey Nets forward Josh Boone.
Chillious and UConn head coach Kevin Ollie have a relationship that dates back more than 20 years and Ollie describes him as a coach who brings energy, an extensive knowledge of the game, along with a talent for developing players.
For his part, Chillious found UConn attractive because of the history of success in Storrs, with four national championships and numerous high-level pros that UConn has produced, as well as Ollie’s vision and contagious passion for the program.
A native of Olney, Md., Chillious attended Lafayette College (Easton, Pa.), earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1996. He served as the basketball team captain during his senior year and also received the President’s Cup Silver Award with a 3.45 GPA. He continued his education at the University of Victoria (Victoria, B.C.), where he also began his coaching career in 1997. From there, he moved on to become the head coach at West Nottingham in 2001, then took the job at South Kent two years later.
Chillious and wife Charlene are parents to a daughter, Zaya Joy.