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- Alma Mater: Avila University (MO), 1999
On May 30 2012, Isaac Chew joined the Marquette University men's basketball staff as an assistant coach. Head coach Buzz Williams made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.
Chew arrived on campus from the University of Illinois, where he joined first-year head coach John Groce's staff in mid-April. Chew spent the 2011-12 campaign under head coach Frank Haith at Missouri.
“I have known Coach Chew for almost a decade and have watched his career progress,” Williams said. “I always root for guys who have come up the hard way, because I think they are a positive example to kids and have a grateful heart in how they approach things. Isaac has a skill set and demeanor about him that is magnetic and I have supreme confidence that he will play an integral part as we continue to grow our program.”
Chew helped lead Mizzou to 30 wins in 2011-12, a Big 12 Tournament title and No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament.
“I am extremely excited about joining the staff at Marquette and the opportunity to work with Buzz,” Chew said. “The program has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success in recent years and I look forward to helping the team maintain that high standard. I believe Marquette is in a position to do something special and I am very grateful for the chance to become involved and compete in the BIG EAST.”
Chew spent four years as an assistant at Murray State under Billy Kennedy from 2007-11. While at Murray State, he helped lead the Racers to a school-record 31 wins and NCAA tournament round of 32 appearance in 2010 and 23 wins and National Invitation Tournament (NIT) appearance in 2011, as well as back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference titles. He also recruited and helped develop players such as Isacc Miles (three-time All-OVC, 2009-11), Ivan Aska (OVC Freshman of the Year, 2009), Donte Poole (OVC Tournament MVP) and Isaiah Canaan (Consensus All-America).
A native of Chicago, Chew was the 1994 Public League Blue-West Player of the Year at Wells High School. He then played at Iowa Lakes Community College (1995-96), followed by Avila University (1998-99) in Kansas City. Chew earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from Avila in 1999. Chew entered the coaching ranks at his alma mater, serving as an assistant at Avila from 2000-01. He earned a master's in business administration from Baker University (Baldwin City, Kansas) in 2002. Chew also experienced the AAU circuit, coaching with Kansas City Pump `n' Run and Kansas City Keys.
He returned to Avila as an assistant from 2005-06 and then spent one year as an assistant at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, helping guide the Warriors to 34 wins and trip to the 2007 NJCAA DI Tournament. While at Indian Hills, Chew recruited and signed Milwaukee native and former Marquette guard Dwight Buycks.
Chew and his wife, Patrice, have four children, Deijah, Jada, Patrick and Caasi.