May 1, 2012
EASTON, Pa. -
Lafayette men's basketball top assistant Josh Loeffler has accepted a position as Director of Basketball Operations at Rutgers University, joining Scarlet Knights' head coach Mike Rice.
Loeffler spent the last four seasons as Fran O'Hanlon's top assistant coach and has nine years of college coaching experience. He helped the Leopards advance to the Patriot League Tournament final in 2010 and 2011, serving as a recruiting coordinator, overseeing travel and budget and serving as the liaison with compliance and admissions.
"Josh is a terrific young coach who has brought so much to our program," O'Hanlon said. "We certainly appreciate all of his contributions. We will miss him and we wish him the absolute best at Rutgers."
Prior to his arrival in Easton, Pa., Loeffler spent two seasons as the head coach at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., and led the Division III institution to a 46-13 mark during his tenure. In his first season in 2006-07, he guided Stevens to a 23-7 record and a share of the Skyline Conference title. His squad earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, where it knocked of 18th-ranked Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Ramapo College to reach the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual national champion Amherst College. Stevens finished the year ranked 24th in the country and first in the NCAA Atlantic Region in the D3hoops.com poll, while Loeffler was named the Atlantic Region Coach of the Year.
In 2007-08, Loeffler's squad tied the school record for wins in a season with a 23-6 mark. Stevens made the switch to the Empire 8 Conference and shared the regular-season title with Ithaca College. After losing to eventual champion Nazareth College in the semifinals of the conference tournament, the Ducks received the top overall seed for the ECAC Division III Metro Championship. Loeffler went on to lead Stevens to three straight victories and the ECAC Metro title.
Loeffler spent the 2005-06 season as an assistant at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., under current Bucknell head coach Dave Paulsen. In 2004-05, he was a graduate assistant coach at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.
Loeffler began his coaching career as an assistant at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., in 2003-04. He also served as the defensive line coach with the football team for one season. While at Hamilton, Loeffler helped lead the basketball team to a 19-8 mark and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
A 2003 graduate of Swarthmore College with a degree in Economics, Loeffler earned a master's degree in educational administration from St. Lawrence in 2011. A native of West Grove, Pa., Loeffler competed as a multi-sport student-athlete at Swarthmore, earning four varsity letters on the hardwood at forward and one on the gridiron as a tight end in his sophomore year.
O'Hanlon expects to fill the open position in the coming weeks.