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Todd Lee
Associate Head Coach

Todd Lee enters his first season as the Associate Head Coach at Grand Canyon. Lee recently completed his eighth season in 2012-13 as Kentucky Wesleyan University's head coach.

Lee finished his final campaign with the Panthers with a 20-8 record while tying his best start record for the second straight season at 14-0 as they climbed to No. 3 in the Top 25 rankings. The past six seasons, his teams have produced a combined 134-48 record for an average of 22.3 wins and a 73.6 winning percentage. During Lee’s tenure, the Panthers earned four Top 25 final rankings plus six straight trips to the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament and five to the NCAA Midwest Regional.

Lee was just the fourth coach in Panther history to take a Panther squad to five NCAA tournaments. In 2011-12, he guided KWC to their highest weekly ranking in nine seasons at No. 1 as they achieved their third-best start in history at 14-0. The Panthers finished No. 18 in the final poll and fifth in NCAA total attendance at 47,145 and fifth in average attendance with 2,619 per game. For these accomplishments, Lee was one of the 10 ten finalists for the prestigious 2012 Clarence 'Big House' Gaines Division II National Coach of the Year Award by CollegeInsider.com.

Lee produced his finest season in 2009-10, as the 29-5 record was the most wins in his tenure and the eighth best in school history. He guided the Panthers to a GLVC best record 16-2 to win the regular season title.

In 2009, Lee led the squad to their national record-breaking 35th trip to the NCAA Tournament with a 19-9 record, a third place finish in the GLVC East Division at 11-7 and the league tournament.

Lee's coaching career spans 25 seasons including 11 at Division I, 10 at Division II, two in the pros and two at the junior college level. He joined Kentucky Wesleyan after spending eight seasons as an assistant coach at UC-Irvine, his last four as associate head coach, and his 11th overall working with head coach Pat Douglass.

The native of Huron, South Dakota also served three years on Douglass’ staff at Division II powerhouse Cal State- Bakersfield. The Roadrunners compiled a 75-16 record, made three trips to the NCAA, won two West Region titles en route to the Elite Eight and captured the 1997 NCAA Division II national championship with a 29-4 record.

During his tenure at UC Irvine, the Anteaters won 122 games including 93 in his last five seasons. They posted three consecutive 20-win seasons (2001, 2002 and 2003), won two consecutive regular-season Big West Conference titles (2001 & 2002, the school’s first) and twice secured spots in the National Invitation Tournament in 2001 and 2002.

Lee also served an assistant coach for two seasons with the Rapid City (SD) Thrillers of the Continental Basketball Association. During those two years, the Thrillers posted the CBA’s top records of 44-12 in 1993 and 37-19 in 1994 under former head coach of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors Eric Musselman, who is now the head coach of the NBDL Los Angeles Defenders.

Prior to coaching in the CBA, Lee was an assistant at the University of San Diego (1989-92) under Hank Egan, a former assistant for the NBA's San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Lee, who began his coaching career as an assistant at Southwestern (Jr.) College in Chula Vista, Calif., earned his master’s degree in education from Azusa Pacific University in 2003. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota in1986.

He and his wife, Kim, a native of Evansville, Ind., have three sons, Carson, Jackson and Peyton.


Mark Nelson
Assistant Coach

Mark Nelson begins his fifth season as an assistant coach for GCU and the first under head coach Dan Majerle.

Nelson helped guide GCU to back-to-back NCAA Division II West Region Championship appearances as the team posted a 42-16 record over the course of those two seasons.

Nelson brings 18 years of college and USA Basketball coaching experience to his position. In 11 years as a head coach at the junior-college level, he won 243 games at Butler County and Cowley County in Kansas and at Wabash Valley in Illinois. In 2001-02, he guided Wabash Valley to a 32-6 record and a berth in the NJCAA Final Four.

In the summer of 2002, he was selected as a coach for the U.S. Junior National Team, which included future NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Deron Williams. He was the junior-college coach of Tony Allen, who also went on to the NBA.

In mid-2005, Nelson and Russ Pennell opened the Arizona Premier Basketball Academy in Gilbert, which quickly became the pre-eminent basketball training facility in the Southwest. Several of GCU’s players are products of the academy and its travel teams, which experienced national success because of their sound fundamentals and unselfish style of play. Because of his abilities as an instructor and trainer, Nelson has been sought out by college and pro players for skill-development workouts in the offseason.

Nelson is a native of Pittsburg, Kan., who played at Independence Community College and then at Kansas State. During Nelson’s two years at K-State playing for Head Coach Lon Kruger, the team won 45 games and twice played in the NCAA tournament, reaching the Elite Eight once. He has a degree in physical education from K-State.

Nelson and his wife, Sherry, have three children: twins Cooper and Katie, both who have been a part of the GCU program, and son, Chase.


Chris Crevelone
Assistant Coach

Chris Crevelone joins the Antelopes basketball program for his first season as an assistant coach.

Crevelone recently completed his second season as video coordinator at The University of Texas and his fourth year on the UT staff. Crevelone oversaw all video operations for the men’s basketball program and in his first two years on the Texas staff, he served as a graduate assistant and assistant video coordinator. He also has organized operations for the Texas Basketball summer camp program in his first three years.

In his role as video coordinator, Crevelone assisted head coach Rick Barnes and assistant coaches with opponent scouting reports and video edits and was responsible for team video self-analysis and breakdown. Crevelone also oversaw the film exchange process and assisted in underclassmen recruiting and on-campus recruiting visits. He played a vital role in organizing the Texas Basketball Coaches Clinic in both 2010 and 2011, where guest speakers included Kevin McHale, Kelvin Sampson, Jeff Van Gundy and John Lucas II.

During his four years on the staff in Austin, the Longhorns advanced to three NCAA Tournaments and posted an 88-50 (.638) overall record. The Horns registered a 28-8 record and advanced to the NCAA Third Round in 2010-11. UT climbed to the top of both major national polls (Associated Press, ESPN/USA Today Coaches) on Jan. 11, 2010, marking the first time in program history that the Longhorns had been the top-ranked team in the nation in either major poll. Texas held the top spot in both polls for a two-week stretch.

Crevelone worked with six NBA Draft picks during his four seasons, including five first-round selections and one lottery pick. Three Longhorns heard their names called in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft for the first time in school history. Tristan Thompson was selected with the No. 4 pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jordan Hamilton was taken with the No. 26 pick by the Dallas Mavericks, and his rights were later traded to the Denver Nuggets. Cory Joseph was taken with the No. 29 pick by the San Antonio Spurs. The 2011 Draft marked the second straight year and third time in school history that the Horns have had three players selected in the same draft. UT also had three players selected during the 2010 NBA Draft. Avery Bradley was selected with the No. 19 pick by the Boston Celtics. Damion James was taken with the No. 24 pick by the Atlanta Hawks, and his rights were later traded to the New Jersey Nets. Dexter Pittman was chosen with the No. 32 pick (second selection in the second round) by the Miami Heat.

Before joining the Texas coaching staff prior to the 2009-10 season, Crevelone served as an assistant coach at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas for one year (2008-09). In that role, he served as the team’s academic coordinator, handled opponent scouting, was involved in recruiting and assisted in all phases of player development.

Crevelone also served one-year stints as the Head Freshman/Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach at Ironwood Ridge High School in Tucson, Ariz. (2007-08), the Head Freshman/Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach at Alamosa High School in Alamosa, Colo. (2006-07) and the Head Junior Varsity/Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach at Sangre de Cristo High School in Mosca, Colo. (2005-06). The varsity team at Ironwood captured the 2008 5A Division II state championship. He worked as a camp director or coach at the Lute Olson Basketball Camps in Tucson (2002-07) and as a camp coach at the Sean Miller Basketball Camps in Tucson (2009) and Luke Walton and Richard Jefferson NBA Basketball Camps in San Diego (2004-09).

A two-year letterwinner in basketball and golf at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt. (2002-04), Crevelone went on to complete his bachelor’s degree in English/Communications in December 2007, from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colo. He earned one letter in basketball at Adams State in the 2004-05 season. Crevelone is currently enrolled in graduate classes at The University of Texas towards gaining his Master’s Degree in Physical Education.

Crevelone is a native of Tucson, Ariz.


TJ Benson
Director of Operations

TJ Benson begins his second season with GCU basketball and the first under head coach Dan Majerle. This also marks his first year as the Director of Basketball Operations.

Prior to joining the GCU staff, Benson served as the Assistant Director of Basketball Operations at Boise State University for the 2011-12 season, where he was involved in the day-to-day program operations.

He has also served as an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) coach for the U16 Arizona Cagers in 2006 and the U17 Arizona Magic Passion4Ball in 2011.

Benson played for Mesa Community College, Weber State, and GCU during his college career, garnering 2010 Second Team Pacific West Conference honors with the Antelopes. At Weber State, he participated in the NIT in 2009 and the NCAA tournament in 2007. Benson received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Weber State in 2009.

Benson is working towards his MBA in Marketing.

He spent one season playing with the Tijuca Tenis Clube in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2010-11, where his squad was the Brazil Super Cup Champion.