MILWAUKEE — Former Marquette star Travis Diener is returning to the program as the director of player personnel, head coach Steve Wojciechowski announced Wednesday.
Diener, who played for the Golden Eagles from 2001-05, recently retired after playing nine seasons of professional 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 in a statement. "He adds tremendous value to the program, school and already terrific staff."
A graduate of Fond du Lac High School, Diener averaged 14.1 points and 5.1 assists while hitting 41.3 percent of his 3-point attempts in four years at Marquette. Diener was the starting point guard and the third-leading scorer on Marquette’s Final Four team in 2003, averaging 11.8 points and 5.6 assists per game.
Following the departure of Dwyane Wade and Robert Jackson, Diener became Marquette’s leading scorer during his junior and senior seasons. He averaged 18.8 points per game in 2003-04 and 19.7 per game as a senior in 2004-05.
"I just wanted to say I received an opportunity from coach Wojo to join his staff, and I am going to accept that opportunity," Diener said in a video message posted by Marquette on social media. "I’m extremely excited to be coming back where it all began for me. The fans, alumni, former players, former coaches have meant the world to me."
Diener was drafted by Orlando in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft and went on to play 179 games over five seasons with the Magic, Pacers and Trail Blazers.
After playing four games with Indiana and five with Portland during the 2009-10 season, Diener signed with Dinamo Sassari of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A. He played four seasons with Dinamo Sassari, averaging 12.6 points and 5.7 assists per game before announcing his retirement earlier this month.
"I’m extremely humbled that coach Wojo thinks highly enough of me to give me this opportunity to start the next chapter of my life," Diener said. "More importantly, come back to the place that means so much to me and has helped me in my nine years as a professional basketball player.
"I can’t thank coach Wojo enough. I think he has the qualities in his character to bring Marquette to an elite level, even higher than we are now. I’m excited to be a part of that process."