The N.C. Wesleyan men’s basketball team made an addition to its staff by hiring a former player as an assistant coach.

Bishops head coach John Thompson and athletic director Aaron Denton announced on Monday the hiring of NCWC alum Justin Griffith as an assistant.

“We are thrilled to have Justin join our staff,” Thompson said in a statement. “He is an outstanding coach and a great addition to our team. The fact that he is family, a member of championship teams here, part of our tradition, makes this very exciting.”

Griffith spent last season as an assistant for Lander University’s men’s basketball team. He spent six seasons at the University of Mount Olive, where he was in charge of recruiting, scouting, and player development. Griffith also served as an assistant at Winston-Salem State during the 2014-15 season.

Griffith helped lead the Bishops to USA South Conference Championships in his sophomore and junior seasons. During his senior year in 2011-12 he averaged 8.6 points per game.

“It feels great to be coming back home to NC Wesleyan,” Griffith said through NCWC’s athletic department. “I love and care about Bishop basketball and I want to thank Coach Thompson for this opportunity. My family and I are excited to be a part of the Rocky Mount community. I’m ready to get to work.”