Ross has added his third member of his new staff inside of week with the hiring of Marist assistant Dorian Long.
Dorian Long is in his fifth season on John Dunne’s staff in the 2022-23 season.
Long will be in his second season an assistant coach in 2022-23. After working as the program's Director of Basketball Operations from 2018-21, he was promoted to Assistant Coach in the summer of 2021.
In the 2020-21 season, Long took on additional responsibilities within the program due to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Red Foxes went 12-9 overall and 10-8 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play in the 2020-21 season. It was the Red Foxes' best record in 13 years. Off the floor, Long became an advisor to Marist's Black Student Athlete Alliance and joined Marist's IDEA Committee.
Long had a hand in all areas of the program during his first three years as Director of Basketball Operations. His responsibilities included coordinating travel, monitoring all budget and equipment operations, on-campus recruiting, analyzing video and statistics, and overseeing all program logistics. In his first season, Long's work with logistics included the first international tournament in program history, as the Red Foxes won the Samson Bracket of the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic in Northern Ireland.
Prior to joining Marist Basketball, Long was elevated to Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator on former NBA player Doug Overton’s staff at Lincoln University. In two years, Long recruited and developed five CIAA All-Rookie honorees, two All-Conference players, and CIAA Defensive player of the year Deaquan Williams. During the 2017-18 season, Long oversaw Lincoln’s defensive strategies which helped them finish in the nation's top eight in field goal percentage defense and three-point field goal percentage defense. Long also served as the program's academic liaison increasing the team’s GPA during his time.
Prior to his time at Lincoln, Long spent two seasons as Director of Basketball Operations at James Madison University. In his first season with the Dukes, Long helped JMU claim a share of the CAA regular-season crown for the first time since the 1999-00 season, tallying a 19-14 record that included a 12-6 mark in conference play. The Dukes then amassed 21 victories the following year.
Before his stint with JMU, Long was as an assistant coach at Washington College. There he mentored and developed three All-Centennial Conference players and was elevated to Associate Head Coach prior to being hired at James Madison.
Long started his college coaching career at his alma mater, Neumann University where he served as an assistant from 2008-12. He was responsible for recruiting, scouting, player development and academic progress while organizing and directing all team and individual summer camp operations. He successfully recruited and developed five All-Conference Players and four 1,000-point scorers during his time there.
Long served as Head Coach for the Whiz Basketball Club (a small AAU program out of Philadelphia) for five years and assistant coach at his alma mater, Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, for three years. He also completed an internship at Saint Joseph's University, working closely with both the men's and women's basketball programs. In addition, he volunteered in the Yeadon Athletic Association as an assistant coach for grade-school athletes. Long has also directed and coached at numerous camps/clinics throughout the Atlantic region over his 15-year career.
Long is a 2010 graduate from Neumann University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management.
Although it hasn't been any public pronouncement, Ross will be backed by his longtime confidant and Associate Head Coach Jeff Rafferty. Ross and Rafferty go way back including nine years together during their days at the University of Delaware. Rafferty has been an integral part in the assembling this year's incoming recruiting class.
Jeff Rafferty joined the Hartford Men's Basketball program for the 2022-23 season, following six season at NJIT. He previously served nine years at the University of Delaware, where he held the title of Associate Head Coach.
Rafferty mentored several All-Conference selections during his tenure at NJIT, including senior Zach Cooks, a Second Team All-ASUN honoree in 2019-20. Cooks led the ASUN in scoring (19.7 ppg) last season.
Rafferty helped make NJIT history in the 2018-19 season with a 22-13 record, 11 road wins and 13 non-conference wins – all program records. NJIT’s ASUN Championship Quarterfinals win at Florida Gulf Coast marked the program’s first-ever ASUN tournament victory. The team earned its third CIT berth and advanced as far as the CIT Quarterfinals following a first round win as second round bye as one of the top three seeds in the tournament.
For the first time in program history, NJIT received its first AP Top-25 Poll vote on Dec. 10, 2018. The Highlanders received one vote for three consecutive weeks (Dec. 10-24).
The 2018-19 team earned multiple accolades for their performances on and off the court, including Abdul Lewis (Preseason All-ASUN, First Team All-ASUN), Zach Cooks (Second Team All-ASUN), Shyquan Gibbs (ASUN All-Academic Team, CoSIDA Academic All-District), Diandre Wilson (ASUN All-Tournament Team) and Reilly Walsh (Preseason Fan-Voted ASUN Defensive Player of the Year).
Individually, Lewis broke Tim Coleman’s all-time rebounds record (773), eclipsed 1,000 career points (1,015, NJIT & 232 South Alabama), reached 1,000 career rebounds (773, NJIT & 227, South Alabama), broke his own single-game rebounds record versus Jacksonville with 21 boards and set NJIT’s double-double record with 22 in his three seasons for the Highlanders. Cooks also added his name to the record books by tying Damon Lynn’s single-game scoring record (34 points) against Quinnipiac in the CIT First Round and averaged 17.6 ppg, third most in NJIT history.
Rafferty also coached Damon Lynn his senior season, who became the program's all-time leading scorer on Nov. 11, 2016, and finished his career with 2,153 points. He currently ranks fifth in Division-I history with 434 career three-pointers.
He also coached Tim Coleman in his final season with NJIT as he finished as the program's all-time leading rebounder (762) and fourth all-time scorer (1,462). He departed the NCAA ranks as the only active Division-I player with at least 1,400 points, 750 rebounds, 225 assists (244), 150 steals (154) and 135 blocks (135).
Rafferty, a 1997 graduate of Springfield College, enjoyed one of his highlight seasons with Delaware in 2013-14, when the Blue Hens finished 25-10, tying for the second-most wins in program history, and made the 2014 NCAA Tournament as the #13 seed in the East Regional.
Delaware was champion of the highly-regarded Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) that season, winning 14 conference games for the Blue Hens’ first CAA regular season crown. They followed the regular season by sweeping to three wins in the 2014 CAA Tournament, good for an automatic spot in the NCAAs, where they lost in the second round to Michigan State, ranked 11th in the nation.
Rafferty has been credited for playing an instrumental role in the recruitment of and development of Devon Saddler, Delaware’s all-time leading scorer (2,222 career points), and Jamelle Hagins, the all-time leading rebounder and shot blocker for the Blue Hens, among other recent standouts.
Rafferty’s work in helping to build the Delaware program was recognized in 2008, when FOXSports.com named him one of the Top 10 Mid-Major Assistant Coaches in the country and in 2012, when RecruitDirt.com named him as the top assistant coach in the CAA.
Immediately prior to joining the Delaware coaching staff, Rafferty was an assistant coach at the University of New Hampshire and before that spent four years as the top assistant at UMass Lowell when that program competed in Division II. In his time at UML, the River Hawks were a combined 94-30 and made back-to-back trips to the Division II national Elite Eight in 2003 and 2004.
He coached in NCAA Division III at Union College (2000-01) and at his alma mater, Springfield, which was a combined 40-17 and reached the Division III Sweet Sixteen in his second season on staff.
He began his coaching career with an internship with the NBA’s Boston Celtics and coached in 1997-98 at one-time NJIT opponent Texas Pan American (now known as Texas Rio Grande Valley).
He holds the distinction of having worked as a coach in all three levels of the NCAA (Division I, II, and III), as well as the NBA.
Jeff is the proud father of three: Sons Patrick and Brendan, and daughter Kaitlyn.
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Post by oleschoolaggie on Jul 22, 2023 13:45:04 GMT -5
welp, coach ross in that video just explained (without calling names) why guys like watson and woods have not been welcomed back. when the interviewer basically asked coach ross (around 5:00 mark) what recruits need to know who are interested in joining a&t men's basketball, the first thing that came outta coach ross's mouth was all of his recruits must be "unselfish". well, that statement alone disqualifies watson and woods, lol...
she's the "symbol" of lady aggie basketball excellence. its amber calvin's "show time" in aggieland!! the queen of "no look" passes...