Grand Canyon added more Division I coaching experience to its men’s basketball staff with the hiring of Isaac Chew as Lopes assistant coach.
The next GCU season will mark Chew’s 13th year on a Division I bench, starting with Murray State (2007-11) before he moved on to Missouri (2011-12), Marquette (2012-14), Virginia Tech (2014-16) and Texas A&M (2016-19).
Chew was on the staff of four consecutive conference championship teams from 2010 to 2013, spanning a 31-win team at Murray State with guard Isaiah Canaan, a 30-win team at Missouri with guard Phil Pressey and an Elite Eight team at Marquette with guard Vander Blue.
The Chicago native is known for being a top recruiter and player developer under head coach Billy Kennedy at Murray State and Texas A&M and under head coach Buzz Williams at Virginia Tech and Marquette. He helped Williams take Virginia Tech from consecutive two-win seasons in the ACC to a 10-8 conference season in 2015-16 and then was part of assembling a top-15 recruiting class nationally at Marquette in 2013.
After leaving Chicago, Chew played basketball at Iowa Lakes Community College in 1994-95 and 1995-96 before finishing his collegiate playing career at Avila University in Kansas City in 1998-99. He went on to earn a graduate degree in business administration from Baker University and worked as a finance director at Bank of America before re-entering collegiate coaching for good in 2005.