Joe Dooley

First-year head coach Joe Dooley said he is excited about his new players and expects big things out of them in the upcoming season.

East Carolina University men’s basketball head coach Joe Dooley announced his complete coaching staff on Tuesday, a group that consists of four newcomers and two retained coaches.

Dooley’s coaching staff will be made up of new associate head coach Raphael Chillious, assistant head coach Steve Roccaforte, video coordinator Tyler Lewis and assistant director of basketball operations Derek DeMasi. Assistant coaches Ken Potosnak and Kyle Robinson are returning to the staff, entering their ninth year with the program. 

"We've got a lot of experience and many different levels," Dooley said, according to ecupirates.com. "We've got guys that have coached and recruited at the highest level. They have a very good feel for what ECU is and how they can help us get this program to where we want to get it.”

The group is lead by Chillious, who has been a renowned national recruiter for many years. Chillious was the associate head coach at the University of Connecticut last season and was an assistant coach at Washington from 2009-2012 and again from 2014-2016, with the lone season in between serving as an assistant coach at Villanova.

Chillious has been credited for many great recruiting classes. Last season with UConn, Chillious put together the 22nd ranked recruiting class in the nation. Chillious recruited many well-regarded classes at Washington, most notably the sixth ranked recruiting class in the nation in 2015. Chillious recruited Markelle Fultz to Washington, and Fultz would go on to become the No. 1 draft pick in the 2017 NBA draft.

"Raphael is a tireless recruiter and has gotten a great reputation as such," Dooley said. "I think just as importantly he's got a very good feel for the game. He's gotten a lot of opportunities, coaching Washington, Villanova and UConn and has worked with some excellent coaches. He's got great people skills which enhances his interaction with our student-athletes and recruits.”

Roccaforte comes to ECU after four seasons at Virginia Tech— three as an assistant and the previous season as an associate head coach. Roccaforte was a head coach for five seasons at his alma mater, Lamar University, after serving as an assistant coach. He’s also served as an assistant coach at Centenary University, Tulane University, University of Wyoming, University of Memphis and the University of South Florida.

Roccaforte has also been a part of many successful recruiting classes, most notably the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class at Memphis in 2001. Roccaforte has also experienced success on the court as a coach as well, being a part of eight teams that have reached postseason play as well as five NCAA Tournament teams.

"Coach Roccaforte has been at some places that aren't necessarily easy jobs," Dooley explained. "He's dug up guys through relationships with a lot of different contacts. He's recruited nationally and has a good rapport with the players. He's also worked with some very good coaches and I know he'll help us on the floor as well."

Lewis spent last season at Furman University as the Director of Recruiting. Lewis came to the sidelines after a playing career that featured NCAA Tournament appearances with North Carolina State University in 2013 and 2014, and a Sweet Sixteen trip with Butler.

Dooley is making the transition from Florida Gulf Coast University and is bringing DeMasi along with him. DeMasi assisted with all video operations, developing the team playbook and organizing detailed scouting reports for a successful FGCU team.

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