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September 10, 2013LAWRENCEVILLE-Rider University basketball coach Kevin Baggett has added a former Rider opponent and a former Rider player to his 2013-14 coaching staff.
Donyell Marshall, who played against Rider as an All-American at the University of Connecticut, has been named an assistant coach.
Paul Johnson '06, who played for Rider ten years later, returns to his alma mater to fill the role of Director of Basketball Operations.
"We are happy to have two new additions to our staff," said Baggett, who won 19 games in his rookie campaign and finished in second place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
John Griffin, who served as Director of Basketball Operations at Rider last year, has been promoted to assistant coach.
Following a 15-year playing career in the NBA, Marshall was an assistant coach at George Washington University and coached on the professional level in the NBA Development League with the Maine Red Claws.
"Donyell brings to our staff a wealth of basketball knowledge, experience, and success at every level," Baggett said. "I'm excited for our players to have a guy like him in our program to be able to explain to them the hard work and dedication it takes to play in the NBA. I'm also excited to have Donyell on staff with his strong recruiting ties which will allow us to continue to bring in high level recruits in our program."
As a player Marshall averaged 11.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in 15 seasons in the NBA, and earned Big East Player of the Year and consensus All-America honors as a junior at UConn in 1994. Marshall averaged 25.1 points per game, leading the Huskies to 29 wins in '94, including an 18-point win over Rider in the NCAA Tournament.
Griffin came to Rider last year after a professional career in Europe. "As the son of a former college head coach (Griffin's father (John) coached at Siena and Saint Joseph's) and a former collegiate and professional player himself, John Griffin has an extensive basketball pedigree," said Baggett. "He's been a winner at every level and his energy, enthusiasm and knowledge of the game has had a positive impact on our program."
A 2008 graduate of Bucknell, Griffin spent four years playing professionally in Europe before working a year with the Indiana Pacers. Griffin scored over 1,000 points, making 220 three-pointers in a Bucknell-record 127 career games.
Johnson returns to Alumni Gym, where he played 113 games for the Broncs. Johnson has coached at his other alma mater, Salem High School (VA) and at Virginia Wesleyan College last year, helping the Marlins reach the NCAA Division III Sweet 16.
"I am excited to have Paul join our staff, he is a true spokesmen of Rider having been a former player and alum," said Baggett, who returns two starters who were All-MAAC selections last year. "Paul will be able to shed his experiences to our current and future players of what it takes to succeed here at Rider as a student athlete."
Upon graduation Johnson played in Germany's top professional league for four years, winning the German Cup and competing in the Euro Cup.
Rounding out the staff is associate head coach Mike Witcoskie, who returns for his eighth season at Rider.
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