Chris Cheeks has been named an assistant men’s basketball coach at Boston College, head coach Jim Christian announced Thursday. Cheeks has coached for 19 years in the Division I ranks after spending last season at Western Kentucky.
“Chris is a proven recruiter and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program,” Christian said. “We are excited to have him on board and welcome his wife Mona and their children to our BC basketball family.”
Prior to his stint at Western Kentucky last season, Cheeks spent four seasons at Delaware where he helped lead the Blue Hens to one of the best seasons in school history in 2013-14. Delaware finished 25-10, tied for the second-most wins in a season in school history, and won its first 11 regular-season conference games en route to the program’s first CAA regular-season title. It was the Blue Hens’ eighth regular-season league title in school history, while UD’s 14 conference wins were tied for the second most in program history.
After winning their fifth conference tournament title in school history, the Blue Hens earned the No. 13 seed in the East Regional, battling fourth-seeded and 11th-ranked Michigan State before falling to the Spartans, 93-78, in an NCAA Tournament second round game in Spokane, Wash.
Cheeks was instrumental in the development of guard Devon Saddler, who set a school record and currently ranks in the top 10 in CAA history with 2,222 career points.
Cheeks served as the head coach of AAU team DC Assault in 2011-12, and was an assistant coach at Charlotte from 2006-10. He helped the 49ers attract the Atlantic 10’s top recruiting class and the 13th-ranked class in the nation in 2007-08, Charlotte’s highest-ever ranked recruiting class.
Prior to joining the 49ers, Cheeks spent three seasons at Georgia State from 2003-06.
He served two years at West Virginia in 2000-02 and helped recruit the top-rated class to the BIG EAST in 2000.
He began his coaching career in 1995 at his alma mater Virginia Commonwealth, serving five years with the Rams through the 2000 season and helping VCU win the CAA regular-season and conference tournament titles in 1996.
Cheeks scored 1,273 career points in two seasons at VCU from 1987-89. His 20.2 career scoring average ranks second in school history, and he was named to the Rams’ All-Time Team.