Saul Rafel-Frankel begins his seventh season as University of Delaware Director of Men's Basketball Operations in the 2013-14 season.
Rafel-Frankel's responsibilities as the team's first-ever director of operations include coordinating team travel, coordinating recruiting visits, handling business operations, serving as staff liaison to UD compliance, business, and equipment rooms, and assisting in scheduling of practices and competition.
Rafel-Frankel has played a big part in Delaware's improvement on the court during his tenure.
The Blue Hens enjoyed their finest season in over a decade in 2011-12 as Delaware posted a record of 18-14, finished fifth in the rugged Colonial Athletic Association with a record of 12-6, and qualified for post-season play. The overall wins, conference wins, and conference finish were all career bests to that point under Head Coach Monté Ross, who led the Hens to the post-season for the first time since 2001 with a first round meeting with two-time defending NCAA runner-up Butler in the College Basketball Insider (CBI) Tournament.
The individual awards were plentiful for the Blue Hens as guard Devon Saddler, the league's second leading scorer at 18.8 points per game, and forward Jamelle Hagins each earned second team All-CAA and second team NABC All-District laurels while guard Jarvis Threatt earned a spot on the CAA All-Rookie team.
Hagins, who set the school record for career blocked shots, was named to the CollegeInside.com Mid-Major Defensive All-American team while Threatt earned a spot on the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Freshman All-American squad.
The Blue Hens improved on those marks during this past season, finishing 19-14 overall and placing second in the CAA with a 13-5 league mark, both program highs for UD since joining the conference. The Blue Hens then advanced to the CAA Tournament Semifinals for the third time since joining the league, and for the first time since the 2002-03 season.
Included among those victories was a win at Virginia, the program's first over an Atlantic Coast Conference school in 50 years, as Delaware advanced to the semfinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.
Saddler continued his impressive career, leading the CAA with 19.9 points per game while earning first team All-Conference in addition to NABC and USBWA All-District honors. Hagins, who became the school's career rebounding leader, was tabbled the CAA Defensive Player of the Year while also earning second team All-CAA and NABC All-District accolades.
Hagins, who ranks among the CAA career leaders in blocks and rebounds, was selected to participate in the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational following his outstanding career.
Delaware went 13-19 during the 2008-09 season, posting victories over VCU and George Mason, before posting a record of 7-24 the following year.
In 2009-10 the Blue Hens made a seven-win improvement, finishing 14-17 overall and placing seventh in the CAA with an 8-10 league mark. UD advanced to the CAA Tournament Quarterfinals following a victory over Northeastern in the first round.
Rafel-Frankel was a four-year manager with Delaware from 2002-06, managing a team of seven student managers. He assisted in a variety of ways with UD practices, and assisted with the planning and organization of team travel and meals. As a senior Rafel-Frankel also served as a community relations intern with the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association, coordinating player appearances at charity events, manning a charity table during home games, and assisting in camps.
Rafel-Frankel has also served as head assistant coach for the New Heights AAU Basketball Team for four summers, and once again this past summer served as director of the Monté Ross Basketball Camp.
He graduated from Delaware in 2006 with a bachelor of science degree in health behavior management, majoring in sport management with a minor in coaching science and a business of finance certificate. He was named the Myles Brand Student of the Year in 2006, an award voted on by faculty and given to a senior sport management major.
In January, 2011, Rafel-Frankel earned a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Sports Administration from Delaware.