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.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun