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Chrys Cornelius
Assistant Coach

Chrys Cornelius enters his season season as an assistant coach of the Lindenwood men's basketball program during the 2020-21 season.

In 2019-20, Cornelius helped coach the team to a strong offense, as the team was ranked second in the GLVC in points per game as a unit, putting up 81.2 points per game. The team also was one of the better squads at limiting turnovers, as the team finished fourth in the conference with a +2.54 turnover margin. The Lions closed out the season with wins in three of their final four games, all of which came at home.

Cornelius began his first season as an assistant coach on the men's basketball staff at Lindenwood in 2019-20. Cornelius arrives in St. Charles, Mo. with over 20 years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level.

Most recently, Cornelius served as the head post-graduate coach at Victory Rock Prep in Bradenton, Fla., where he was hired by coaching legend Loren Jackson. Under the direction of Cornelius, the Victory Rock Prep team finished 18-9 overall record and a 7-1 mark from within the Sunshine Independent Athletic Association (SIAA), which is regarded as the toughest post-graduate conference in the nation. Victory Rock captured the SIAA regular-season title during the 2018-19 season.

Cornelius’ team at Victory Rock Prep rostered four players that went on to sign NCAA Division I scholarships; John Dos Anjos (Loyola Marymount), Kolton Mitchell (UMass), Bakari Simmons (Texas A&M), and Cameron Shaw (Morgan State).

Prior to his arrival at Victory Rock Prep, Cornelius served as an assistant coach at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. for the 2017-18 season. During his time at Southern University, Cornelius mentored first-team all-SWAC forward Jared Sam. Cornelius also helped lead the Jaguars to a 15-win season, a 10-8 SWAC record, an 11-3 home record, and a trip to the semifinals of the 2018 SWAC Conference Tournament. Cornelius was also the defensive coordinator for the Jaguars in 2017-18, a season in which they were the top-ranked defensive team in the SWAC, holding opposing teams to a 39 percent field-goal percentage.

Prior to his arrival at Southern University, Cornelius had a two-year stint at Bethune-Cookman University (2015-16 and 2016-17). Cornelius assisted head coach Gravelle Craig, helping to guide the Wildcats to a 16-16 MEAC record, a 16-8 home record, and a third-place finish in the 2015-16 conference standings.

While at Bethune-Cookman, Cornelius helped coach and develop four all-MEAC players, Mario Moody, LaRon Smith, Jordan Potts, and Brandon Tabb. In addition, Tabb was recognized as the MEAC Player of the Year, Smith as the MEAC Defensive Player of the Year, and Quinton Forrest was selected to the MEAC all-rookie team.

Off the court, Cornelius mentored eight student-athletes who went on to receive their degrees from Bethune-Cookman and was instrumental in the program earning the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award following the 2015-16 season. Bethune-Cookman was one of just 29 NCAA Division I basketball programs in the country too receive the award, which is given to teams that hold a team GPA of 3.0 or above.

Before arriving at Bethune-Cookman, Cornelius spent five seasons at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he helped lead the Phoenix to a 95-65 record over those five seasons, including a 48-17 record in his final two years. While at Wisconsin-Green Bay, Cornelius helped coach the team in victories over nationally ranked Marquette, Virginia, and Miami.

During his time at Wisconsin-Green Bay, Cornelius coached the team to a Horizon League regular season title in 2014 and three postseason appearances (two NIT's and one CIT). Cornelius recruited two-time Horizon League Player of the Year Keifer Sykes, and was the lead recruiter that was instrumental in the Phoenix landing Alfonzo McKinnie (Golden State Warriors), Steven Baker, and Khalil Small. Cornelius also coached and helped develop second-team all-horizon league forward Greg Mays and three-time all-horizon league center Alec Brown, who was drafted in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns.

Along with on-court coaching and recruiting duties, Cornelius handled some of the programs scouting responsibilities. He was also in charge of scheduling. In January 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 eight 1,000-point scorers and 13 all-conference performers.

Prior to his arrival at Green Bay, Cornelius spent three seasons (2007-10) as an assistant coach at Eastern Illinois under former head coach Mike Miller who is now the Head Coach for the New York Knicks.
Cornelius helped coach the Panthers to 19 victories in his final season (2009-10), the programs third highest win total since joining Division 1 in 1981-82.  The 19-12 record marked the school’s first winning season since 2000-01.

In his three year stint at Eastern Illinois, he coached two all-conference players – Tyler Laser (First Team OVC) and Romain Martin (Second Team OVC).  He also recruited TJ Marion (West Aurora/Southeastern Illinois JC), who was selected to the All-Newcomer Team in 2008-09.  Cornelius also recruited Curry McKinnie (LA Trade Tech JC) and Dwayne Wright (Highland JC, Kansas).
Prior to his arrival at Eastern Illinois. He helped coach Florida A&M to two of its three NCAA appearances (2004 and 2007) and its first NCAA Tournament victory with a 72-57 win over Lehigh in 2004 under head coach Mike Gillespie, Sr.

While at Florida A&M (2003-07), Cornelius helped develop the Hall of Fame guard Terrance Woods who lead the country in 3 point field goals made in consecutive seasons, with 139 makes in 2003 and 140 in 2004. Woods won the 2004 3-point shootout at the 2004 NCAA Final Four.

Cornelius also coached and helped develop First Team all-conference guard Tony Tate, 1st Team all-conference center Rome Sanders, and 2007 MEAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player Brian Greene. He helped the Rattlers land Darius Glover (Chicago Westinghouse), LC Robinson (Highland, Ill. JC), Rome Sanders (Chicago Curie), Lamar Twitty (Ft. Lauderdale Boyd Anderson) and Joe Ballard (Chicago Westinghouse), all part of the 2007 NCAA Tournament team. Cornelius served as the team's offensive coordinator.

Cornelius had two different coaching stints at his alma mater Western Illinois University under head coach Jim Kerwin.  His first stint was from 1996-98 where he helped the Leathernecks to a 35-21 record.  Cornelius also helped coach the Leathernecks to the Mid-Continent Championship game in the 1996-97 season.  His second stint at WIU was in 2000-2003.  In the 2001-02 season, Cornelius help recruit a class that helped the Leathernecks have the nation’s seventh largest turnaround in wins.

Cornelius also made a pair of Junior College stops.  Cornelius began his coaching career at Joliet Junior College in 1995 under head coach Mike Martin and Jacksonville Baptist College JC under head coach Pat Smith.  Cornelius helped produce eight players secure Division 1 scholarships during his time as a Junior College coach.  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 Khorokorin (McNeese State).

A native of Joliet, Illinois, Cornelius attended Joliet Catholic Academy and earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Western Illinois in 1995. He is a lifelong member of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Joliet, Illinois. Cornelius is married to Jennifer and they have two children, Chrystopher and Nicholas.


Tommy Abdenour
Assistant Coach

Thomas Abdenour enters his season season as an assistant coach of the Lindenwood men's basketball program during the 2020-21 season.

In 2019-20, Abdenour helped coach the team to a strong offense, as the team was ranked second in the GLVC in points per game as a unit, putting up 81.2 points per game. The team also was one of the better squads at limiting turnovers, as the team finished fourth in the conference with a +2.54 turnover margin. The Lions closed out the season with wins in three of their final four games, all of which came at home.

Abdenour began his first season as an assistant men's basketball coach in 2019-20.

Abdenour brings coaching experience at various levels of basketball with him to St. Charles, Mo. Most recently, Abdenour spent two seasons (2018 and 2019) as the head coach of the NBA affiliated Warriors Gaming Squad, where he was a 2019 Coach of the Year finalist. While coaching with the Warriors Gaming Squad, Abdenour developed game plans which included individual player scouting reports and both offensive and defensive schemes. Abdenour managed the game by calling play and timeouts, diagramming plays, and employing in-game adjustments for his team's offensive and defensive sets. Additionally, Abdenour was tasked with the direction of video sessions for both self-scouting review and opponent scouting.

Prior to his stint with the Warriors Gaming Squad, Abdenour spent two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19) as a special assistant to the head coach and a video coordinator assistant coach for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA G League. Abdenour helped guide Santa Cruz to the best record in the G League during the 2018-19 campaign. Abdenour was an integral part of the Warriors' coaching staff, assisting with scouting reports, play diagrams, and game plan preparation.

Before arriving in Santa Cruz, Abdenour spent three years (2014-17) in various roles with the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA G League. Abdenour served as a video coordinator, assistant coach, and a coaching associate during his time with the Drive.

Abdenour was a member of the staff at NCAA Division I Central Michigan, where he worked alongside Kyle Gerdeman, during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. Abdenour arrived at Central Michigan as a graduate intern in 2012-13, before elevating to the position of video coordinator during the 2013-14 campaign.

Abdenour was a student manager at the University of Utah from 2008-11.

Abdenour graduated from the University of Utah in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in sports management. Just one year later in 2013, Abdenour earned his master's degree in education from the University of Washington.


Terry Hollander
Assistant Coach

Terry Hollander enters his eighth season as an assistant coach of the Lindenwood men's basketball program during the 2020-21 season.

In 2019-20, Hollander helped coach the team to a strong offense, as the team was ranked second in the GLVC in points per game as a unit, putting up 81.2 points per game. The team also was one of the better squads at limiting turnovers, as the team finished fourth in the conference with a +2.54 turnover margin. The Lions closed out the season with wins in three of their final four games, all of which came at home.

Hollander entered his seventh season as an assistant coach for the Lindenwood men’s basketball team in 2019-20. Hollander previously served as an assistant coach for the program under head coaches Brad Soderberg (2010-15) and Lance Randall (2015-16).

Prior to arriving at Lindenwood in 2010, Hollander spent 30 years as the head coach of St. Charles West High School. From 2016-18, Hollander spent three years as the head coach at O'Fallon Christian. In total, Hollander compiled over 600 wins at the high school level. Hollander was inducted into the Missouri Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2008, the Gateway Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in 2010, and the St. Louis Metro Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012.

During his first six years at Lindenwood, Hollander was a part of some of the most accomplished teams in program history, and helped the program transition smoothly from the NAIA to the NCAA Division II level. Lindenwood posted a 120-61 record over that span. Hollander helped Lion players earn 13 all-conference honors, including accolades for Kramer Soderberg and Alex Bazzell, two players that played under Hollander at both St. Charles West and Lindenwood.

In Hollander’s first season at Lindenwood, the Lions went 29-6 overall in 2010-11, won a share of the HAAC Championship, participated in the HAAC Tournament Championship game, and advanced to the second round of the NAIA Division I National Tournament. In 2011-12, the Lions compiled the highest winning-percentage in program history, and lost just three games. During the 2012-13 year, Lindenwood’s first in the MIAA, Hollander helped Lindenwood go 19-7 overall and finish just one game away from a MIAA Championship with a 12-6 mark. In 2013-14, the Lions went 11-19 and reached the MIAA Postseason Tournament in their first season of eligibility for the event. Last season, the Lions finished third in a very competitive MIAA race, and Lindenwood earned an automatic trip to Kansas City, where the final three rounds of the MIAA Tournament are played each year.

During his time at St. Charles West, Hollander compiled a record of 549-279. He led the Warriors to the school’s only state championship in 1995, a second-place finish in 2008, and third-place showings in 1994 and 2003. His teams were also district champions 12 times.

Hollander was inducted into the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008. During his coaching career in high school athletics he has also been a football, baseball. and golf coach.

Hollander graduated from Truman State University with his bachelor’s degree in 1973 and also received his master’s degree in secondary school administration in 1983. During his time at the high school level, he taught American History for 34 years.

Hollander and his wife, Brenda, have three children, Blake, Kirk, and Leigh Ann. He also has three grandchildren, Eden, Zoey, and Luke.