Husky Run 2012
The kick off to the UConn men's basketball season began Thursday afternoon with the annual Husky Run outside of Gampel Pavilion. In photo, Women's basketball head coach Geno Auriemma, center, stops outside of Gampel Pavilion to chat with the men's basketball coaching staff, from left, Glen Miller, Associate Head Coach, Karl Hobbs, Assistant coach, and George Blaney, Assistant coach. (STEPHEN DUNNemail@example.com /October 12, 2012)
After three seasons as coach of Seton Hall
in the mid-1990s, George Blaney
returned to the Big East
in the 2001-02 season as an assistant at UConn
and has been Jim Calhoun
's right-hand man since, stepping in for the Hall of Fame coach on several occasions. He was named associate head coach in 2007. He had served as a special assistant to Kevin Ollie
before announcing his retirement on Thursday
As a player: Blaney led Holy Cross to back-to-back 20-win seasons in 1959-60 and '60-61. He was drafted in the fourth round by the Knicks
in 1961 and played one season.
As a coach: Blaney has spent his entire career in the northeast and was a 2003 inductee to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. Blaney began coaching high school in 1965, and became coach at Holy Cross in 1972. In 22 seasons, Blaney led the Crusaders to three NCAA
Tournament berths, five NIT
bids and a 357-276 overall record before taking over at Seton Hall. He was 38-48 in three seasons with the Pirates before being fired in 1997. His only victory over the Huskies at Seton Hall came in his final game there.
Born Nov. 12, 1939, Blaney has a wife, Maryellen, five children and five grandchildren. His son Brian became an assistant coach at Fairfield in 2008.