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George Blaney

George Blaney
After three seasons as head coach of Seton Hall in the mid '90s, Blaney returned to the Big East in the 2001-02 season as a UConn assistant. He was named associate head coach in 2007 and has been Jim Calhoun's right-hand man ever since, stepping in for the Hall of Fame head coach on several occasions.

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-bac...
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After three seasons as head coach of Seton Hall in the mid '90s, Blaney returned to the Big East in the 2001-02 season as a UConn assistant. He was named associate head coach in 2007 and has been Jim Calhoun's right-hand man ever since, stepping in for the Hall of Fame head coach on several occasions.

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.
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    STORRS — The reality of 40 cold New England winters are behind him. We begin with the Jim Calhoun legend now, and when legend becomes fact, they say, print the legend.
  • Expect A Typical Cincy-UConn Tussle, Minus A Unique Coach

    Expect A Typical Cincy-UConn Tussle, Minus A Unique Coach
    HARTFORD — The inimitable presence of coach Mick Cronin will be missing when Cincinnati comes to town, but make no mistake, the Bearcats are still playing his style of basketball. "Our guys exemplified what Coach Cronin has built this program on...

    A Look At George Blaney

    A Look At George Blaney
    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...

    UConn Men Outlast Providence 82-79 In Overtime

    UConn Men Outlast Providence 82-79 In Overtime
    There are games when the stat sheet should be tossed aside. There are games when the stat sheet should be shredded, incinerated as soon as possible. Once in a career, perhaps, there is a game like this. Kevin Ollie might want to save the stat sheet from...

    Madison Square Garden A Special Place In UConn History

    Madison Square Garden A Special Place In UConn History
    — Vin Yokabaskas has been ailing recently and confined to bed, but he couldn't pass up the chance to relive that special day one more time. "Well, it was the most exciting day of my life," said Yokabaskas, 84, as tears began to run down his...