Billy Garrett Joins DePaul Basketball Staff

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi assistant coach Billy Garrett has agreed to join the DePaul men's basketball coaching staff under head coach Jerry Wainwright.

Billy Garrett returns to the Chicago area as an assistant coach with DePaul. Garrett has recruited the city of Chicago throughout his coaching career. Garrett's addition to the staff along with assistant coaches Tracy Webster and David Booth shows that DePaul is now well-prepared to recruit the state of Illinois' top prospects.

Garrett returns to the city where he was once the head coach at Providence St. Mel High School where he coached former Blue Demon LeVar Seals. Garrett also coached former Demon Steven Hunter while with the Illinois Fire AAU program.

"I have known Billy since his tenure as a high school coach at Providence St. Mel's," Wainwright said in a release. "He is a quality professional and person and he brings great experience to our staff."

Garrett served two seasons as associate head coach at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi under head coach Perry Clark.

Garrett came to Corpus Christi after serving as an assistant coach for the Iowa Hawkeyes in 2006-07 under former Indiana Hoosier standout Steve Alford. There, he helped guide the Hawkeyes to a 17-14 record, including a 9-7 mark in Big Ten play that tied for fourth place overall. After that season he moved with Alford to New Mexico before becoming Clark's first coaching hire.

"This is a great opportunity for me and my family and I feel like I'm coming home to where things started," Garrett said in a statement. "With my experience at Providence St. Mel and working with DePaul players LeVar Seals and Steven Hunter, I know what DePaul is all about. DePaul is Chicago's basketball program and I can't wait to hit the ground running."

Prior to his stint at Iowa, Garrett was an assistant coach in the Big East at Seton Hall under Louis Orr. He spent five seasons in New Jersey with the Pirates. He helped the Pirates post an 18-12 record in 2006, advancing to the NCAA Tournament. He was also chosen as one of the 50 sexiest coaches in college basketball by

Garrett joined the college coaching ranks in 2000-01, serving as an assistant coach at Siena. The Saints posted a 20-11 overall record and tied for first place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Prior to Siena, Garrett served as athletic director, boys' basketball coach and head track and field coach at Providence St. Mel High School in Chicago (1994-2000). Taking over a basketball program that was 4-22 the year before he arrived, Garrett compiled a 130-50 record while transforming the program into a city, state and national power.

A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Garrett attended Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. There he played football for the Redbirds for four years. He earned his bachelor's degree in youth administration from the University of Indianapolis in 1991.

Garrett was born Dec. 16, 1964. He and his wife, Annissa, have one son, Billy.

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