RICHMOND, Va. – Former VCU point guard Darius Theus has returned to his alma mater as Men’s Basketball Director of Student-Athlete Development, Head Coach Will Wade announced Thursday. Theus replaces Kevin Tiller, who recently accepted a position with the Orlando Magic.
“We’re thrilled to have Darius back in our program,” Wade said. “He’s one of the finest leaders I’ve ever coached, and he’ll be an outstanding example and mentor for our student athletes.”
Theus will focus on the off-court development of VCU’s Men’s Basketball student-athletes.
“I am very excited to be back at VCU working,” Theus said. “It’s a dream come true for me, and I’m excited to work with the coaches and the guys. I really appreciate Coach Wade and VCU for giving me the opportunity. I’m looking forward to great things.”
Theus appeared in three NCAA Tournaments with VCU, including the Rams’ historic Final Four run in 2011. The Norfolk, Virginia native ranks third in school history with 237 steals and sixth on VCU’s all-time assists list with 462. His 85 steals as a senior in 2012-13 rank fourth in school single-season history.
In 2012, Theus was named CAA Tournament MVP after leading the Rams to the title, including a 16-point, 5-assist, 5-steal effort in a 59-56 victory over Drexel in the championship game. But Theus delivered perhaps his most memorable moment in a VCU uniform in the first round of the NCAA Tournament that year, when he hit a floater with 18 seconds left to seal a 62-59 upset of fifth-seeded Wichita State in Portland, Oregon.
The Third Team All-CAA pick in 2012, Theus later played professionally in Holland and Germany.