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Brett Nelson, left, and Justin Gainey are the two newest additions to Marquette University's men's basketball coaching staff. (PHOTO: Marquette Athletics)

Marquette adds Gainey and Nelson to basketball coaching staff

According to the university, first-year Marquette men's basketball coach Steve Wojciechowski made two more hires for his coaching staff this week in Justin Gainey and Brett Nelson.

Wojciechowski had previously hired Chris Carrawell and Mark Phelps.

Gainey comes to Milwaukee by way of Appalachian State, and assumes the role of Director of Basketball Operations. Wojciechowski became familiar with him on the court first, as Gainey competed against "Wojo" in the Atlantic Coast Conference while at North Carolina State University.

The two are also connected by way of the Jason and Jeff Capel. Jason Capel is the head coach at Appalachian State and is Jeff's brother, who played with Wojciechowski at Duke and later worked alongside him on Mike Krzyzewski's staff in Durham.

In a statement, Wojciechowski said "I have obviously been able to keep close tabs on Justin's career both as a player and a coach and am extremely happy to be able to add him to the staff at Marquette. He is in possession of nearly a decade of experience in the collegiate ranks and knows what it takes to compete at the highest level having played at NC State."

Nelson was plucked off the staff at Ball State University, where he served as an associate head coach. He had previously coached at Drake University under Phelps, and has proven to be an excellent recruiter at those universities, as well as at Arkansas and Marshall.

Nelson played under Billy Donovan in Florida and won a national title in 2000.

"Brett's career to this point as a player and a coach speaks for itself," Wojciechowski said in a statement. "He has had the opportunity to both play for, and work with, coaching staffs for which I have a tremendous amount of respect."


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