April 9, 2013
Grand Canyon University today announced the hiring of the associate head coach and assistant coaches for men's basketball. Todd Lee, Mark Nelson, and Chris Crevelone will serve under first-year head coach Dan Majerle.
Majerle was recently hired as the 13th coach in Grand Canyon University history as the school makes its transition to Division I and the Western Athletic Conference for the 2013-14 season.
|Lee joins the Antelopes as the associate head coach after serving as head men's basketball coach at Division II Kentucky Wesleyan College for the past eight seasons, collecting an impressive 134-48 record over his last six years. He oversaw a program that made six consecutive trips to the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament and five to the NCAA Midwest Regional. For his efforts at Kentucky Wesleyan, Lee was one of 10 finalists for the prestigious 2012 Clarence ‘Big House' Gaines Division II National Coach of the Year Award by CollegeInsider.com.
Lee's coaching career spans 25 seasons, including 11 at the Division I level as he spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at UC-Irvine prior to taking the helm at Kentucky Wesleyan. During his time with the Anteaters, the teams posted three consecutive 20-win seasons from 2001-03 and won two straight regular-season Big West Conference titles in 2001-02. Lee also served as an assistant coach at the University of San Diego from 1989-92.
Along with his tenure at Division I and II schools, Lee has also spent time coaching in the professional ranks and at the junior college level. Lee was an assistant coach for two seasons with the Rapid City (SD) Thrillers of the Continental Basketball Association and began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Southwestern (Jr.) College in Chula Vista, Calif.
"Todd has been a very successful coach at Kentucky Wesleyan," said Majerle. "His teams made five postseason appearances in his tenure and set many school records. He has a great deal of experience at the collegiate level, including 11 years in D-I, and I am going to lean heavily on him in my transition from the professional level. Todd is a great family man and embodies the spirit of Grand Canyon."
|Nelson has served as an assistant coach with the Antelopes basketball team for the past four seasons. In total, Nelson has 18 years of collegiate and USA Basketball coaching experience, including an 11-year head coaching stint at the junior college level. In the summer of 2002, he was selected as a coach for the U.S. Junior National Team, which included future NBA stars Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh.
Nelson spent his playing career at Independence Community College and Kansas State, playing in two NCAA Tournaments for the latter school.
"Mark and I connected from day one and I look forward to working with him for years to come," added Majerle. "He knows Grand Canyon and will help the entire staff make a smooth transition. Mark has been a head coach for many years and has a great on the floor presence with players. He played at the D-I level at Kansas State and will be able to apply those experiences to our program."
|Crevelone joins the GCU staff after spending four seasons at the University of Texas as a graduate assistant and video coordinator under head coach Rick Barnes.
Crevelone served as a camp director or coach at the Lute Olson Basketball Camps in Tucson from 2002-07, the Sean Miller Basketball Camps in Tucson in 2009, and the Luke Walton and Richard Jefferson NBA Basketball Camps in San Diego from 2004-09.
Crevelone was a two-year lettterwinner in basketball and golf at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, and played one season at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colo.
"Chris is a young man that comes to us from the University of Texas with a great knowledge of camps and film work," said Majerle. "He is very eager and enthusiastic and a guy I will have out there recruiting and attracting the best talent to Phoenix. In his short career, Chris has worked with some of the best in college basketball with the likes of Lute Olson and Josh Pastner."
|In addition, Majerle has retained T.J. Benson to serve as the Director of Basketball Operations.
Benson will be in his second season with Grand Canyon after coming to the school from Boise State where he served as the assistant basketball operations coordinator.
Benson played collegiately at Weber State and GCU, earning Second Team All-Conference honors for the Antelopes in 2010. He also played professionally for a season with Tijuca Tenis Club in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The WAC will be a nine-member league in 2013-14 featuring CSU Bakersfield, Chicago State, UT Pan American, Idaho, Seattle, New Mexico State, Utah Valley State, and University of Missouri at Kansas City.