Chrys Cornelius became a member of Brian Wardle's inaugural coaching staff on May 3, 2010 and recently completed his fifth season on the Phoenix coaching staff.

During his time at Green Bay, Cornelius has helped the Phoenix to 95 victories in just five seasons, including a 48-17 record the past two seasons. In 2013-14, Cornelius helped Green Bay to the regular season title in the Horizon League and an appearance in the NIT.

Cornelius has a strong track record in recruiting, serving as the lead recruiter and helping the Phoenix land 2014 and 2015 Horizon League Player of the Year Keifer Sykes. He also recruited Alfonzo McKinnie, another product of Chicago's Marshall High School.

Along with on-court coaching and recruiting duties, Cornelius handles some of the program's scouting responsibilities. He is also in charge of scheduling and has helped Wardle put together some of the toughest schedules in program history.

In January of 2015, Cornelius was ranked as the top assistant coach in the Horizon League by Next Up Recruits.

All told in his Division I career, Cornelius has coached seven differerent 1,000-point scorers and 10 all-conference performers.

He came to Green Bay after spending three seasons as an assistant coach at Eastern Illinois University (2007-08 through 2009-10).

Cornelius helped the Panthers to 19 victories in his final season, the program's third highest win total since joining Division I in 1981-82. The 19-12 record also marked the school's first winning season since 2000-01.

In his three-year stint with EIU, he coached two all-conference players - Tyler Laser (First-Team OVC) and Romain Martin (Second-Team OVC). He also recruited T.J. Marion (West Aurora HS/Southeastern Illinois JC), who was selected to the All-Newcomer Team in 2008-09. Cornelius also recruited Curry McKinnie (LA Trade Tech JC) and Dewayne Wright (Highland JC).

He joined the Panthers' staff in June of 2007 after four years as an assistant at Florida A&M University, where he helped lead the Rattlers to two of its three all-time NCAA Tournament appearances (2004, 2007) and its first tournament victory in 2004. Cornelius recruited the four of the five starters on the 2007 NCAA Tournament team - Darius Glover (Westinghouse), Rome Sanders (Curie), L.C. Robinson (Rockford Jefferson) and Joe Ballard (Westinghosue) - all from the Chicagoland area.

Cornelius also coached the nation's leading 3-pointer shooter, Terrance Woods, who hit 139 and 140 3-pointers in back-to-back years and won the 3-point shootout at the 2004 NCAA Final Four.

Cornelius served two different coaching stints at Western Illinois, his alma mater. He first was a graduate assistant from 1996-98, and later was a full-time assistant for three seasons (2000-01 through 2002-03). The Leathernecks had the nation's seventh largest turnaround in wins during the 2001-02 season.

He also made a pair of junior college coaching stops. Cornelius began his coaching career at Joliet Junior College in 1995 and spent two seasons at Jacksonville (Texas) Junior College. As a junior college assistant coach, Cornelius helped produce eight players that secured Division I scholarships, including Richard Terry (Kansas State), DeAnthony Bowden (Creighton), Derrick Stevens (Colorado State), Larry Ferguson (Evansville), Melvin Dews (Stephen F. Austin), Joey Chism (Western Illinois), Chris Drew (Southern Illinois) and Dimitri Khorkorin (McNeese State). 

In addition, he made a brief stop at Chicago State University in 2003, where he recruited 7-foot-1 big man Deji Akindele, who became the 2005 Mid-Continent Conference Defensive Player of the Year before playing professionally and having a stint with the Golden State Warriors.

A native of Joliet, Ill., Cornelius attended Joliet Catholic Academy, and earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Western Illinois University in 1995.

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