Holy Family Basketball Staff Update

Holy Family University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Ryan Haigh has officially announced his coaching staff for the upcoming 2019-20 season. Haigh, in his first season as head coach, will be assisted by Willis Wareham, Chuck Ellis and Turhan Griffin.

“I’m very excited to bring these three on as assistant coaches,” said Haigh.  “The wealth of knowledge and experience they bring to the table will be extremely valuable as we look to continue to grow the program not only on the court but also off the court in the class room and community. We’re looking forward to hit the ground running and get ready for the upcoming season.”

Wareham comes on as a full-time assistant coach taking over the void left by Haigh as he was promoted to head coach earlier this summer.  Wareham comes to Holy Family after spending the previous season at Rowan College at Gloucester County as head men’s basketball coach.  The team finished 28-4 in 2018-19 and was nationally ranked the entire season.  Wareham recruited and coached NJCAA All-American Jazere Noel.

Prior to his stint at RCGC Wareham spent three seasons as head coach at Cumberland County College from 2015-2018.  He led the team to three consecutive Region 19 tournaments, including the program’s first Region 19 championship game appearance in over 20 years.  The team was ranked during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 top-25 in the NCJAA Poll.  Wareham’s squad also achieved the highest overall GPA in the athletic department.

Wareham was an assistant coach at Gwynedd Mercy College for five seasons, where he served as the team’s lead recruiter and as head of player development.  Wareham was a standout player at Lower Cape May through 1996 and would later graduate from Post University.

He has 20 years of total service in the New Jersey Army National Guard, including 12 as a recruiter with military service.  He served in Iraq in 2003 and 2004.

Off the court, Wareham is also the co-founder and co-director of New Jersey Soldiers Basketball Club, which has expanded from 11 players to over 85 in recent years. The club provides local youth the opportunity to travel and play around the country.

Ellis joins Holy Family after spending the previous three seasons at Division III Rutgers-Camden as an assistant coach. He served as recruiting assistant and helped prepare scouting reports as well as conduct practices for the Scarlet Raptors.

Prior to joining Rutgers-Camden, Ellis spent four seasons as an assistant at Division III Immaculata University from 2012-2016.  He also spent time at his alma mater Cheyney University as the head assistant coach from 2007-2012.  At Cheyney, Ellis managed all scouting and recruitment of potential student-athletes as well as prepared season long scouting reports for opposing teams.  He also assisted with the team fundraising opportunities that helped raise over $10,000 during his tenure.

In addition to coaching, Ellis is also a 1-on-1 skills trainer for several local NBA players, including three-time Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams, Dion Waiters, Wayne Ellington and the Morris twins to name a few.

Ellis graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Cheyney in 2003 and is currently pursuing a M.A. of Art in Teaching in Elementary Education at Cheyney.

Griffin has been elevated to assistant coach after spending the previous three seasons on the Holy Family staff as a volunteer assistant.  Griffin graduated from Holy Family in 2016 with a degree in Sport Marketing-Management.

He was part of the 2015-16 squad that won the program’s first Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship and went on to host the NCAA Division II East Regional.  The Tigers went 26-6 that season setting a new program record for most wins in a season since joining Division II in 2003-04.

Griffin appeared in 115 career games and totaled 610 points and 253 assists in his career.


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