Assistant Coach position filled

Jim Utter just posted in the shoutbox that we hired Chris Cheeks, most recently of Georgia State who also assisted at VCU and West Virginia.

Here’s his current profile:

I’ll post a link in this thread to the Observer when I have one.

Thanks for the heads up Jim!

Interesting to see what he brings to the table. I also wonder why he left WVU for Ga State.

Director of Ops still to come…

[QUOTE=VA49er;173050] I also wonder why he left WVU for Ga State.[/QUOTE]

Coaching change. His two seasons would have been 00-01 and 01-02. Beilein was hired in spring '02.

Here’s the link from


I said to myself, “what recruit won’t want to come here?” (Cheeks)

Love this quote.

Should be a good hire. He knows the east coast and various levels of talent.

From the Georgia State web site:

[B][U]Assistant Coach Chris Cheeks[/U][/B]

Chris Cheeks returns to the Georgia State staff for a third season.

He is a former college All-America and All-Conference player and has been on college coaching staffs at West Virginia University and Virginia Commonwealth University.

In 2004-05, the Panther guards helped the team finish 50th in the nation in fewest turnovers. His work with the 2003-04 Panther 20-9 team included helping the team set a new school record for most assists.

After a stellar playing career, Cheeks began his coaching career on the staff at Atlee High in Mechanicsville, Va. (Richmond area). After three years, Cheeks joined the Virginia Commonwealth staff. He worked five seasons with VCU and then accepted an opportunity to work with West Virginia in the summer of 2000 and spent two seasons with the Mountaineers of the Big East.

[B]Playing Career:[/B]

A 1990 VCU graduate, Cheeks is the most prolific two-year scorer in Rams’ history. A first team All-Sun Belt selection in 1989, his 23.8-point scoring average led the conference and was the third highest single-season average in VCU history.

Cheeks was an honorable mention All-America pick by the Associated Press, United Press International, and Basketball Times.

One of just two players in VCU history to average better than 20 points per game for his career (20.1 ppg), Cheeks started all 63 games at guard during his two seasons at VCU, scoring 1,273 points. He contributed 4.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game, while his 10 games with 30 or more points are more than anyone else in Rams’ history.

As a junior during the 1987-88 season, Cheeks helped the Rams to a 23-12 record, including a 10-4 mark in the Sun Belt Conference, while earning second team all-conference honors. That season, Cheeks was part of a team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament, the first trip to the postseason for the Rams in four seasons.

As a senior, Chris was named the Sports Illustrated national player-of-the-week after scoring 100 points in three games during a week in January.

Cheeks’ highest scoring game was a Richmond Coliseum-record 42 points in VCU’s 101-93 overtime win over Old Dominion on Jan. 14, 1989.

Cheeks, who played pro ball in Portugal following his time at VCU, started his college basketball playing career at Lon Morris Junior College in Texas, where he averaged 21.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in two seasons.

Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.


Chris Cheeks was born May 27, 1967, to Anita Cheeks and grew up in Washington, D.C. He has two younger brothers (Larry and William).

He was a first team All-Metro performer in basketball at Woodrow Wilson High and led his team to the state championship game as a junior. Chris also played outside linebacker and tight end on the football team.

Chris has two children, Chris, Jr. (8-10-93) and Brandon (3-26-96).

This staff looks strong. My only concern is longevity. Moxley and Kummer could only last a season before they get offered a head coaching job somewhere. I am excited about this team for this season though.

Hopefully Mox is here for a few years with the position he has now.


Hopefully Mox is here for a few years with the position he has now.
Yes, Mox having the associate head coach title makes me think he'll stay longer than a year.

This does look to be a really strong staff. It looks like Lutz has made lemonade our of lemons. Here’s to looking froward to October again… :toast:

October and late March hopefully…

Suit him up, I remember he could play.

Also a DC guy.

I like the hire and he seems to fit into our guard oriented philosophy…My question is who will be coaching our big men? Didn’t Moss teach the big guys? How does this affect our recruiting of big men?

I guess that’s left to Lutz and Kummer now…but great question, both top assistants are guard oriented.

Sounds like a solid hire. We’re in good hands with Moxley, Kummer and Cheeks. Lots of college coaching experience with connections. I believe Kummer will work with the big men.

Kummer had toughness when he played, thats what our bigs need to start playing with. Hopefully he can instill that in their game.

Utter’s story posted at

The fact that he recruited the #1 rated Big East class is an impressive resume point. I’d much rather have Cheeks than Dalonte.

[QUOTE=HappyCamper49;173081]The fact that he recruited the #1 rated Big East class is an impressive resume point. I’d much rather have Cheeks than Dalonte.[/QUOTE]

Cheeks > Hill

Kummer > Hill

Moxley > Hill