Justin Gainey has joined the Marquette University men’s basketball program as its director of basketball operations, head coach Steve Wojciechowski announced Monday afternoon.
The former standout player at North Carolina State arrives 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.
"I have obviously been able to keep close tabs on Justin’s career both as a player and a coach and am extremely happy to be able to add him to the staff at Marquette," Wojciechowski said. "He is in possession of nearly a decade of experience in the collegiate ranks and knows what it takes to compete at the highest level having played at NC State."
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.
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