Huskies' Coen adds Markwood as assistant

After a journey of more than 200 miles to the southeast, Chris Markwood finds himself at his destination: Northeastern.

Huskies coach Bill Coen announced the hiring of Markwood on Thursday, adding a veteran assistant coach with strong New England roots to his men’s basketball staff.

“We are excited to welcome Chris to our program and to the Northeastern community,” Coen said in a statement. “Chris has a solid basketball background, as both a player and a coach, and a proven work ethic.

“He is passionate about the development of student-athletes -- both on and off the court -- and is committed to their success as players and as people. He is a great recruiter and teacher of the game and I am just thrilled that he has chosen to join us here at Northeastern.”

A Maine native, Markwood starred for South Portland High School and played at Notre Dame before transferring to the University of Maine at Orono to finish out his career. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, spending five seasons working with perimeter players before moving on to the University of Vermont. In three seasons on the shores of Lake Champlain, Markwood worked with perimeter players and assisted with recruiting and scouting duties.

Markwood replaces Antonio Reynolds-Dean, who left for a similar position at the College of Charleston in June.

“I am incredibly excited about this opportunity and look forward to joining the Northeastern community,” Markwood said. “Bill Coen is widely respected among fellow coaches and he has established Northeastern as one of the most consistent programs in the CAA. I am grateful to have this chance to work alongside him and, as a native New Englander, I am thrilled to now call Boston home.

“There is great potential here, and I am excited to work together with the staff and players to build on the solid foundation.”

Though the Huskies finished 2013-14 just 11-21, they will return all five starters next season.

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