Chris Kraus is in his third season as assistant coach with the men's basketball program at Stonehill. Kraus assists Head Coach David McLaughlin in all phases of scouting, game preparation and recruiting.
In his two seasons as assistant coach, the men's basketball program has averaged over 23 wins and reached the NCAA Division II Tournament each year. Last winter, the Skyhawks posted 27 wins and captured both the NE-10 Tournament and NCAA Division II East Regional crown on its way to the national semifinal round at the Elite Eight.
Kraus, a native of Toronto, Ontario, was a member of the Stonehill basketball program from 2002-2006 that earned a trip to the Final Four. In his senior season, along with the team's Final Four run, Kraus earned Northeast-10 All-Conference honors, was named to the NCAA Northeast Region All-Tournament Team, and with his play was amongst the nation's leaders in a number of statistical categories. He trained with the Canadian Senior Men's National Team from 2002-2005, and won a silver medal playing for Canada at the World Junior Championships in France in 1999.
"We are very lucky to have Chris join our staff," says McLaughlin. "His coaching, recruiting, and playing experience will add a tremendous amount to our staff and program. He will have an immediate impact with our players, and being able to have someone that was a former player is very special."
After graduating from Stonehill in 2006, Kraus spent some time playing professionally in England for London United before returning home to begin his coaching career. He was an assistant at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada, where he assisted the team in capturing the AUS Conference championship and a berth in the national tournament. He then spent two seasons as the top assistant at Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada, helping the team earn back-to-back GPAC conference titles.