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 former standout player at North Carolina State arrived in Milwaukee after serving for four seasons at Appalachian State as an assistant coach. While with the Mountaineers, he helped develop the point guards and multiple players into all-conference performers under head coach Jason Capel.
Gainey joined Appalachian State in 2010 after spending one season as an assistant coach at Elon under head coach Matt Matheny. Prior to his season with the Phoenix, he spent three seasons on staff at his alma mater, NC State.
In three seasons on Sidney Lowe's staff at NC State, Gainey served as administrative coordinator (2006-08) and director of basketball operations (2008-09). He assisted in recruiting, scouting and coordinated the program's summer camps. In addition to his college playing career and time as a coach, Gainey spent three seasons playing professionally both in the United States and abroad.
Gainey played in Europe for two seasons. He competed for Austria's Woerthersee Piratens in 2000-01 and was selected to the league's all-star team. In his second year, Gainey played for France's Olympique D' Antibes in the Pro A league. Gainey completed his playing career for the USBL's Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs.
As a stand-out point guard at NC State from 1996-2000, he was a three-year starter, served as a team captain and was an honorable mention all-conference pick.
During his freshman year in the 1997 ACC Tournament, Gainey guided the Wolfpack to the title game as the No. 8 seed. He set an ACC Tournament record by playing 160 minutes in four games and was honored as an ACC All-Tournament First Team selection.
Gainey and his wife, Courtney, have two sons - Jordan and Jayson.
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