Marquette men's basketball staff members Chris Carrawell, Travis Diener and Justin Gainey tell the real story of the nation's best basketball staff noon ball game.
The 2015-16 campaign will mark the second for Chris Carrawell as an assistant coach at Marquette University under head coach Steve Wojciechowski.
Carrawell, who was a teammate of Wojciechowski's at Duke, owns a wealth of coaching experience at both the collegiate and professional levels. In his first season with the Golden Eagles, he helped assemble a nationally ranked five-member recruiting class that included the program's first McDonald's All-American (Henry Ellenson) in over 30 years.
The St. Louis, Mo., native arrived in Milwaukee after serving three years as an assistant coach with the Springfield Armor, an affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, of the NBA Development League. He worked under Bob MacKinnon the first two seasons before Doug Overton took over the squad in 2013-14. Carrawell had the opportunity to work with former Marquette standout Darius Johnson-Odom while he was with the Armor and also coached the Nets' summer league roster.
Prior to working with the Armor, Carrawell served in a variety of roles at his alma mater.
Carrawell was the Assistant Video Coordinator/Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach in 2010-11 and Graduate Assistant/Head Team Manager from 2008-10, after being hired in 2007-08 as the Duke Athletics Outreach Coordinator. He also briefly worked with the women's team before his departure from the university.
The 2000 ACC Player of the Year and a first team All-America selection, Carrawell was a member of the Duke men's basketball program from 1996-2000. He was also a two-time All-ACC selection in his career with the Blue Devils. He is tied for 30th on the all-time scoring list at Duke with 1,455 career points and also ranks 15th in school history with 0.8 blocks per game and tied for eighth with 116 overall wins.
Carrawell helped the Blue Devils dominate the ACC during his tenure finishing his career with 66 conference victories, second most all-time by a Duke player.
A second round draft pick by the NBA's San Antonio Spurs, Carrawell played overseas after graduating from Duke. He last played in Holland in 2007 where his team finished second after losing in the championship finals.
Carrawell has two sons: Caleb and Christian.