New Assistant Basketball Coach Named

NBA veteran and former UConn star Donyell Marshall will join the Colonials.

July 01, 2010

He was a college basketball standout at UConn who went on to play for eight NBA teams, including Minnesota, Seattle and Philadelphia, in his 15-year professional career. He’s also spent a year in front of the cameras as an analyst for Comcast SportsNet.

Now Donyell Marshall will try his hand at coaching. Mr. Marshall will serve as an assistant coach for men’s basketball at GW, replacing Brian Ellerbe, who resigned to take a position at De Paul.

“We’re very fortunate to get a guy of Donyell’s experience and name recognition,” says GW men’s basketball coach Karl Hobbs. “Because we have a young team, it couldn’t come at a better time to bring on someone with his basketball knowledge and someone who has mentored young players in the NBA to help develop our team.”

A native of Reading, Pa., Mr. Marshall played three seasons for the University of Connecticut where Mr. Karl Hobbs was then an assistant coach. Mr. Marshall still holds the school’s single-season records for points, field goal and free throws.

While at UConn, Marshall was an All-America First Team selection and the Big East Conference Player of the Year. He was also a member of the 1994 UConn team that defeated GW in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He donated $100,000 to establish the Donyell Marshall scholarship for student-athletes at the university.

“Coaching is something that I’ve wanted to do for a while, and when I became aware of this opening, I felt it was a good situation,” Mr. Marshall says. “I bring years of firsthand experience at both the collegiate and professional levels that I can pass along to these players and help them get to the next level.”