February 6, 2009
A coach for more than 30 years, Blaney has spent his entire career in the northeast and was a 2003 inductee to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. As a player, Blaney had a successful stint at Holy Cross, leading the Crusaders to back-to-back 20-win seasons, and was a fourth-round selection by the New York Knicks in 1961, for which he played in the 1961-62 season.
Blaney began coaching high school three years later, eventually working his way up to the head-coaching position at his alma mater in 1972. In 22 seasons as Holy Cross' head coach, 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 over three seasons as the Pirates' coach before being dismissed in 1997. His only victory over the Huskies while at Seton Hall came in his final game at Seton Hall.
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.
Andre LaFleur: As a point guard at Northeastern in the mid-'80s, LaFleur helped coach Jim Calhoun's Huskies to four straight NCAA tournament berths and ECAC North Atlantic titles. Now an assistant coach at UConn, LaFleur has helped lay the foundation for several more NCAA tournament runs as one of the team's top recruiters: In recent years, LaFleur has landed center Hasheem Thabeet and guard Kemba Walker, among others.
LaFleur joined Connecticut's staff in the 2001 as the director of basketball operations after playing and coaching overseas for 11 seasons. He became an assistant coach in 2004 and works primarily with the backcourt players.
As a player, LaFleur was part of one of Calhoun's most successful recruiting classes at Northeastern. In his four seasons, LaFleur and the Huskies went 102-26 overall and 60-6 in conference, including a 27-5 overall and 14-0 conference record his freshman season. As a senior in 1987-88, LaFleur set the NCAA record with 894 careers assists, and still remains 12th in NCAA history. A member of the school's hall of fame, he also holds the school record in steals (252), minutes played (4,405) and consecutive games (128), and remains 10th in career scoring, with 1,143 points.
Lafleur, born March 22, 1965, and wife Alana have two sons and reside in Manchester.
Patrick Sellers: A former standout player at Central Connecticut State University from 1988-1991, Sellers joined UConn's coaching staff in 2004 as director of basketball operations and was promoted to assistant coach three season later. A forward as a player, Sellers mainly works with UConn's post players and plays a large role in recruiting.
As a player for the Blue Devils, Sellers was named the East Coast Conference's defensive player of the year in 1991, and led the team in rebounds his final two seasons. After a one-year stint in the British Basketball League, Sellers returned to Connecticut as an assistant coach of St. Thomas Aquinas High School and ultimately served as the school's head coach from 1998-1999. He then spent four years as an assistant at Central under former UConn coach Howie Dickenman before taking an assistant position at UMass.
Sellers' younger brother Rod was a former UConn standout and captain, best remembered for his scuffle with Christian Laettner in the 1992 NCAA tournament. The two Sellers played each other in college three times, with UConn winning handedly in each game.
Pat Sellers was born Dec. 1968 and resides in Vernon.
Beau Archibald: A former UConn reserve for two-plus seasons, Archibald took over the director of basketball operations role in 2007.
Archibald began his playing career at Washington State in 1996, but after appearing in 29 games as a freshman, he transferred to Utah Valley State to play for his father, then-head coach Lynn Archibald. After three knee surgeries limited him to nine game, Archibald eventually landed at UConn. But his knee troubles continued, and after two seasons and nine appearances, Archibald spent his final season in 2000-01 as an assistant to the coaching staff while still on scholarship.
He began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Texas Tech under Bob Knight in the 2002-03 season and made one-year stops at Florida Atlantic, Jacksonville State, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Florida International before returning to Storrs.
A native of Los Angeles, Archibald was born on Dec. 19, 1976. His father formerly coached at UNLV, USC, Arizona State and three other Division I schools. His brother Damon is currently an assistant coach at New Mexico State.
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