Darian VeVries names Chester Frazier associate head coach

West Virginia University mens basketball coach Darian DeVries has named Chester Frazier as associate head coach for the Mountaineers.

Frazier brings more than a decade of coaching experience from the ACC, Big 12 and Big Ten conferences to the Mountaineer basketball program.

A native of Baltimore, Frazier joins the WVU mens basketball staff after serving as an assistant coach at Illinois for the past three seasons. Prior to Illinois, Frazier was the associate head coach at Virginia Tech from 2019-21 and an assistant coach at Kansas State from 2012-19. Following his playing career at Illinois, he served as a graduate assistant for the Illini from 2010-11.

Chester is an unbelievable basketball coach,DeVries said. He is a relentless worker who is incredibly talented. Chester has been a winner everywhere he has been, and he builds strong relationships with his players. He is an awesome family man, and we certainly welcome him, his wife, Sarah, and children to Morgantown. Chester will be a tremendous fit for our basketball program.

During his three seasons as an assistant coach at Illinois under Brad Underwood, Frazier helped lead the Illini to the NCAA Elite Eight this past season, an NCAA Second Round appearance in 2022 and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2023. He helped guide Illinois to the Big Ten regular season championship in 2022 and Big Ten tournament championship in 2024. Illinois won 72 games in three seasons with Frazier on staff.

At Virginia Tech, Frazier served as associate head coach under Mike Young, helping guide the Hokies to a third-place finish and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2021. The Hokies ended the season ranked No. 25 in the final Associated Press poll.

Prior to Virginia Tech, Frazier served seven seasons as an assistant coach at Kansas State under Bruce Weber. During his time at K-State, the Wildcats captured Big 12 championships in 2013 and 2019.

K-State won 150 games during his time in Manhattan and made five NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Elite Eight in 2018.

Frazier was a four-year letter-winner for Illinois from 2006-09, playing for Weber. He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors and was voted team MVP as a senior. Frazier led Illinois to a No. 18 ranking in the polls, a second-place finish in the Big Ten and NCAA Tournament. He led the Big Ten with an average of 5.3 assists per game and owned a 2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio. Frazier was one of the best rebounding guards in the country, averaging 4.8 per game.

Frazier played in 125 career games, starting 88. The two-time team captain and two-time Big Ten All-Defensive Team selection finished his career with 484 assists. He helped Illinois to 89 victories (22.3 per season), three 20-plus win seasons, three NCAA Tournaments and a pair of runner-up Big Ten finishes.

Following his time at Illinois, Frazier played professionally in Germany, helping Goettingen to the 2010 EuroChallenge title. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant/video coordinator at Illinois in 2011 before returning to Germany for one last season as a player in 2012.

Frazier earned his bachelors degree in recreation management in 2009 from Illinois.

He and his wife, Sarah, have two children, daughter, Chandler and son, Cameron.