Men's Basketball

Isaac Chew
Isaac Chew

Assistant Coach

1st Season (2012-13)

Alma Mater:
Avila '99


Fighting Illini Caravan Continues Monday in Springfield

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Fighting Illini Caravan Continues Monday in Springfield

Illinois Athletics headed to Capital City

Isaac Chew is in his first season as an assistant coach for the Fighting Illini. He was hired in April 2012 to coach John Groce's first staff at Illinois.

Chew comes to the Fighting Illini program after spending last season on Frank Haith's staff at Missouri, where he helped lead the Tigers to 30 wins, a Big 12 Tournament title and No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Chew previously spent four years as an assistant at Murray State under Billy Kennedy from 2008-11. While at Murray State he helped lead the Racers to a school-record 31 wins and NCAA Tournament round of 32 appearance in 2010 and 23 wins and NIT appearance in 2011, as well as back-to-back Ohio Valley titles. He also recruited and helped develop players such as Isacc Miles (three-time All-OVC, 2009-11) and Ivan Aska (OVC Freshman of the Year, 2009).

A native of Chicago, Chew was the 1994 Public League Blue-West Player of the Year at Wells High School. He then played at Iowa Lakes Community College, followed by Avila University in Kansas City. Chew earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from Avila in 1999.

Chew entered the coaching ranks at his alma mater, serving as an assistant at Avila from 2000-01. He continued his education, meanwhile, earning an M.B.A. from Baker University in 2002. Chew also experienced the AAU circuit, coaching with Kansas City Pump `n' Run and Kansas City Keys. He returned to Avila as an assistant from 2005-06 and then spent one year as an assistant at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, helping guide the Warriors to 34 wins and trip to the 2007 NJCAA DI Tournament.

Chew and his wife, Patrice, have four children, Deijah, Jada, Patrick and Caasi.


Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Education: Avila University, B.S., marketing, 1999; Baker University, M.B.A., 2002
Family: Wife, Patrice; Children, Deijah, Jada, Patrick Caasi
Playing Experience: 1998-99 Avila University; 1995-96 Iowa Lakes Community College

Chew Coaching Experience

Years School Position
2012- University of Illinois Assistant Coach
2012 University of Missouri Assistant Coach
2008-11 Murray State University Assistant Coach
2007 Indian Hills Community College Assistant Coach
2001, 2005-06 Avila University Assistant Coach
updated 4/13/12