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Boston College hires Chris Markwood from Northeastern’s staff to be an assistant for Earl Grant

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Another solid local assistant addition for the staff

NCAA Basketball: Syracuse at Boston College Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

It was reported today that BC basketball will make its second coaching hire since Earl Grant took charge, and this time it is Northeastern associate head coach Chris Markwood.

He joins Anthony Goins, another coach familiar with the Northeast, as a member of the BC Men’s Basketball staff. Markwood has been on Northeastern’s staff since 2014, initially starting as an assistant working with perimeter players. He eventually worked his way up to associate head coach in 2018 where he now serves many roles which, per Northeastern’s website, include recruiting coordinator, practice/gameday planning, skill development, academic monitoring and student-athlete mentorship. He was voted by his peers in the CAA last year as the conference’s top assistant.

Markwood is a graduate of UMaine, where he ended up coaching for 5 seasons after graduation. He then spent another 3 years at UVM as an assistant before eventually arriving at Northeastern. As a student-athlete, he initially went to school at Notre Dame and then transferred to Maine for his final two seasons.

This hire is a very solid pick-up for Earl Grant, who has very little experience personally recruiting the Northeast. If Grant can focus on basketball and culture rebuilding, while putting local recruiting mostly in the hands of his two local assistants, BC Men’s Basketball could find a new recipe for success. These hires should put a lot more confidence in Boston College fans who were concerned that Grant did not bring enough Northeast experience to the table. Concerns about recruiting ACC-level talent and then coaching them to success, however, still seem to mostly go unanswered.