Former Marquette Golden Eagles star Travis Diener ended a nine-year professional career, including four years in Italy, and is joining his alma mater as an director of player personnel. Photo by Francesco Canu/This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Former Marquette Star Travis Diener Joins Coaching Staff


Travis Diener, the sixth-leading scorer in Marquette Golden Eagles history and a member of the school’s 2003 Final Four squad, has joined Steve Wojciechowski’s coaching staff.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported today that the 32-year-old Diener will be the director of player personnel.

The hiring comes two days after Diener officially retired as a player, after spending the last four seasons with Dinamo Sassari in the Italian Serie A, the highest level of Italian pro basketball.

“Travis has a unique and special place among the many great players here at Marquette and represents what we want our program, and the young men who wear the proud Marquette jersey, to be about on all levels,” Wojciechowski said. “He adds tremendous value to the program, school and already terrific staff.”

Last season, Diener averaged 7.7 points per game for Dimano Sassari, down from a career-best 16.4 points and 7.1 assists per game in 2012-13. He was voted MVP of the Italian Cup in 2013, as well.

Diener, a native of Fond du Lac, scored 1,691 points in his four years at Marquette, averaging 19.7 points and seven assists per game as a senior in 2004-05 and led Conference USA with 18.8 points and six assists per game as a junior in 2003-04.

He was a second-round pick, 38th overall, by the Orlando Magic in the 2005 draft and spent two years with the Magic.

He signed as a free agent with the Indiana Pacers in July 2007 and was with them for parts of three seasons before he was released in March 2010. He finished with 2009-10 season with the Portland Trail Blazers, appearing in five games, before heading to Italy.

He averaged 4.8 points, 2.4 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game in 14.9 minutes a night, shooting .388/.353/.847.

His best season in the NBA was 2007-08 with the Pacers, when he averaged 6.9 points, 3.8 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 20.5 minutes a game, starting 21 of his 66 appearances that season.

“I’m excited to be coming back where it all began for me,” Diener said. “I am extremely humbled that coach Wojciechowski thinks highly enough of me to give me this opportunity as I start the next chapter of my life and more importantly come back to that place that means so much to me and my family.”

Wojciechowski has already added Chris Carrawell, Justin Gainey, Brett Nelson and Mark Phelps to the coaching staff.

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