New York native Tim Maloney begins his third year as associate head coach after a memorable season in which UMass claimed its first Atlantic 10 Regular Season Championship since 1995-96, made its first post-season appearance since 2000, and reached the Second Round of the NIT after a win over Alabama in an astounding first-round game on ESPN.
Maloney, who has been coaching for 23 years, has seen six NCAA Tournament appearances and two NIT appearances in 11 years of Division 1 coaching, including two Sweet Sixteen appearances, a Final Four and National Championship Game appearance.
Recently, Maloney received two honors which hold deep significance for him. This summer, Maloney accepted an invitation from Athletes in Action to serve as head coach for a team of Division 1 players who were scheduled to play five games against professional teams from Germany. Comprised of players from the Big 12, Big 10, Pac-10, and Horizon League, the team went undefeated in a week of five games in six days. Maloney himself played for AIA against pro teams in South America in 1984.
Also, following the 2005-06 season, Maloney received from Donnie Jones, former Florida associate head coach and current Marshall head coach, a piece of the game net from the 2006 NCAA National Championship Game. Soon after, Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan sent Maloney a personalized NCAA Championship ring in appreciation of Maloney and his role in helping to build the Gators into a national champion.
Prior to UMass, Maloney spent two seasons at Eastern Kentucky, first as an assistant and then as associate head coach. In 2003-04, Maloney was instrumental in the Colonels' resurgence, helping to guide the team to its best finish since the 1995-96 campaign, including a fourth-place finish in the Ohio Valley Conference and an appearance in the OVC tournament finals in Nashville. Maloney served as the Colonels' recruiting coordinator, and the staff, as a team, landed a recruiting class nationally ranked in the top 28. In 2004-05, the Colonels made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 25 years.
Maloney came to EKU after spending six years at the University of Florida. As assistant to the head coach, Maloney served in an advisory capacity to Billy Donovan. Donovan used Maloney in every aspect of the Gator program from basketball operations, to practice, game coaching and recruiting. During these years, the Gators made six post-season appearances, won two SEC regular season titles, and played in the 2000 national championship game against Michigan State. Maloney was also influential in bringing in some of the nation's top-ranked recruiting classes, including the 2002 class, which was rated second nationally.
Before heading to Gainesville, Maloney worked as an assistant at the University of Buffalo where he played an integral role in the team's unprecedented success in 1997. That season, the Bulls gained their first appearance in the semi-finals of the Mid-Continent Conference tournament. They also took home the'"Big Four Championship" for the first time in school history, an annual event featuring Buffalo, Canisius, Niagara and St. Bonaventure.
Prior to joining the collegiate ranks, Maloney experienced national exposure in prep school basketball, particularly in southwest Florida. Named head coach of Mariner High School in Cape Coral in the summer of 1993, he took over a team that went 7-18 the previous season and turned the team around to the tune of an 18-7 mark, giving the school its best record ever.
In Maloney's second season, the Tritons posted a 22-7 record and ranked among the top ten high school teams in Florida. In 1995-96, his third season at the helm, Maloney guided Mariner to a 33-3 record and a berth in the state finals. That season, the Tritons ranked No. 1 in the state of Florida, rose to No. 16 in the nation, and ranked third in the south by the National Prep Boys Poll. For his efforts, Maloney was named Southwest Florida Coach of the Year and Conference Coach of the Year after each of those seasons at Mariner. In 1996, he was also named Gulf Coast All-Sports Coach of the Year and Boys Basketball Coach of the Year in Southwest Florida. Additionally, Maloney's team was nominated for sportsmanship awards and received recognition from local governments.
Over the years, Maloney has acquired additional experience coaching domestic and international teams during the summer. He spent the summer of 1996 as associate head coach for the Long Island squad in the Empire State Games, a team that featured current NBA players Wally Szczerbiak and Speedy Claxton. The team went on to capture Long Island's first gold medal in 18 years. Incidentally, current UMass Associate Athletic Director Tim Kenney served as head coach.
In 1997, Maloney assisted the Mexican National Team in the Central American Championships. The team placed fourth, giving it a berth in the Pan-American games. It was the best finish for Mexico in eight years.
In 1999, Maloney was a featured lecturer and coaching instructor for the Five Star Basketball Camp in Turkey. Since then, Five Star has continually sought Maloney to work as a director for other international events. During the summer of 2002, Maloney traveled to the Far East, working for another group as a coach and lecturer at all levels of basketball. The stint ended with Maloney in a round-table discussion with the leaders of the Chinese Basketball Association in Beijing, the city which will host the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Maloney's coaching career began at Martin Luther High School in New York City, where he served from 1984-1986. He went on to coach at Nyack College and St. Thomas Aquinas College. Each of these programs experienced winning seasons and went on into post-season play.
A 1982 graduate of Manhattanville College, Maloney competed in basketball, baseball, soccer, and cross country. He earned'"Most Dedicated Athlete" for his labors with the cross country program. Maloney earned his master's degree in counseling from Hunter College in 2004. He and his wife Joanne have a son, Thomas Joseph (TJ).
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