Mike Nowell, Seattle University’s assistant men’s basketball coach, died Monday at Virginia Mason Medical Center

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Mike Nowell, an assistant men’s basketball coach at Seattle University for the 2014-15 season, died Monday night at Virginia Mason Medical Center.

Nowell joined the coaching staff at Seattle U in August after coaching stints at Garfield High School and in local AAU basketball. He helped in the development of such local players as Tony Wroten Jr., Isiah Umipig and Tramaine Isabell, the 2014 4A Player of the Year from Garfield.

Nowell played for Clark Atlanta University (1989-93), earning all-conference honors three times. He was the team’s freshman of the year and led the team in rebounding in 1990. He earned a degree in computer science from Kaplan University in 2009.

“Our family lost a great man,” said Cameron Dollar, Seattle U men’s basketball coach. “Coach Mike was as quality a person I have ever been around. It was an honor and a privilege to work with him.”

Nowell is survived by wife Lanie and sons Jaylen and Shane. Memorial services are pending.

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