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Assistant Coach Jeff Rafferty
Jeff Rafferty recently completed his sixth season on head coach Monté Ross' men's basketball staff at the University of Delaware in 2012-13.
Rafferty, who joined the staff in the spring of 2007 after two years as an assistant to Bill Herrion at the University of New Hampshire, has played a big part in Delaware's improvement 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 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.
Rafferty, who was instrumental in the recruitment of both Hagins and saddler, was named to the Top 10 Mid-Major Assistant Coaches list by FOXSports.com in 2008 while RecruitDirt.com selected him as the CAA's top assistant coach in the fall of 2012.
Delaware went 13-19 during the 2008-09 season, posting victories over VCU and George Mason. The Blue Hens went 7-24 during the 2009-10 campaign, including wins over America East champion Vermont and Patriot League runner-up Lafayette.
Delaware posted a seven-win improvement the next year, going 14-17 overall and placing seventh in the CAA with an 8-10 league mark. The Blue Hens won five straight games early in the campaign, including an impressive home victory over eventual league champion Old Dominion. Delaware advanced to the CAA Tournament Quarterfinals following a victory over Northeastern in the first round, while Saddler was named the league's Rookie of the Year.
Rafferty served as Delaware's head coach in the Blue Hens' 70-63 win over Towson on December 3, 2007 in UD's conference opener.
While Rafferty coached at New Hampshire, the Wildcats went 12-17 overall and 8-8 in the America East during Rafferty's first year in Durham in 2005-06, and followed with a 10-20 mark including a 6-10 conference record in 2006-07.
Prior to arriving at New Hampshire, Rafferty spent four seasons as the top assistant coach at UMass-Lowell. The River Hawks went 94-30 in Rafferty's four seasons in Lowell, capturing both the Northeast-10 Conference regular season and tournament championships in 2003 and 2004 while making back-to-back trips to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
Rafferty spent the 2000-01 season at Union College, and was an assistant coach at Division III Springfield College for two seasons from 1998-2000. While at Springfield, Rafferty helped his alma mater go 40-17 including a 16-8 mark in the New England Women's and Men's Athletics Conference (NEWMAC) while earning his master's degree in sports management. During Rafferty's second season Springfield went 21-9, captured the NEWMAC Tournament championship, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
Rafferty, who graduated from Springfield in 1997, served one season as an assistant coach at Texas-Pan American in 1997-98 and began his career by serving an internship with the NBA's Boston Celtics. He has the uncommon distinction of working at all three NCAA division levels, as well as the NBA.
Rafferty and his wife, Whitney, have two sons, Patrick and Brendan, and a daughter, Kaitlyn.
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