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2013-14 Coaching Staff

Joe Reilly - Head Men's Basketball Coach
(860) 685-2918 - jpreilly@wesleyan.edu
 
Joe Reilly, head coach     Joe Reilly enters his sixth season in charge of Wesleyan men's basketball in 2013-14.  Joe had been faculty head coach of men's basketball at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine for 11 seasons prior to becoming faculty head coach of men's basketball at Wesleyan in 2008-09.  He holds the rank of adjunct professor of physical education.
     Joe returned to his home state of Connecticut after building the Bates program into one of the strongest in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), to which Wesleyan also belongs. After inheriting an 8-16 squad in 1997-98, Joe fashioned eight straight winning seasons with the Bobcats beginning in 2000-01, a team first, including a record 20-6 campaign in 2005-06 which included a school-record 16-game win streak. Joe was recognized as NESCAC Coach of the Year following the 2005-06 season. His 19-8 squad of 2004-05 earned a spot in the NESCAC tournament title game. Over his 11-year head coaching career at Bates, Joe compiled a cumulative mark of 154-121 and was 6-5 vs. Wesleyan. Over his last six seasons at Bates, Joe carried the Bobcats to a .701 winning percentage with a 108-46 record. He was the Maine State Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year three times and the New England Basketball Hall of Fame Division III Coach of the Year in 2003-04.
     Now with a 61-63 record at Wesleyan, Joe has amassed 215 career victories.  In leading Wesleyan to a school-record 20-6 campaign in 2011-12, Joe brought about one of the greatest improvements, year-over-year, in Wesleyan history as the Cardinals raised their seasonal win total from 11 the year before.  Only twice in 110 years of Wesleyan basketball has a team posted a greater increase in its total triumphs than nine.
     Part of a rich basketball coaching family, Joe, a grew up in Connecticut, is the son of legendary high-school mentor Joe Reilly Sr., who won more than 500 games while guiding South Catholic High School. His uncle Gene Reilly had similar success at Portland High School while his brother Luke is well respected for his current efforts at East Catholic High School.
     Joe is a 1991 graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, also a member of the NESCAC, where he was a team captain for two seasons and scored more than 1,000 career points. His first college coaching assignment came at Yale University in 1994, where he served as an assistant for three years before arriving at Bates. Between Trinity and Yale, Joe earned an MBA from the University of Rhode Island. There he worked in the athletics department as a graduate assistant involved primarily with recreational sports.  At Wesleyan, Joe runs a pair of summer camps with the Cardinal Basketball School for elementary through high-school aged students and the Elite Basketball Camp for high-school aged students only.
Tim McLaughlin - Assistant Coach
(860) 685-4162 - tmclaughlinbball@gmail.com

Tim McLaughlin, assistant coach      Tim McLaughlin joins the Wesleyan staff for the first time in 2013-14 as assistant men's basketball coach and athletics department intern.  A 2011 graduate of Boston College with a degree in economics and accounting from BC's Carroll School of Management, Tim was a three-year team manager for the Eagles' men's basketball team as an undergraduate.  He served as the ACC's liaison to the National Association of College Basketball Managers.  Following his graduation, Tim assumed a position as assistant men's basketball coach at Wentworth Institute for two seasons, helping the Leopards to a two-year mark of 33-23.  At the same time, Tim was an associate to the CEO of Designer Advantage in Newton Centre, Mass.  Tim also has basketball camp experience, working at Boston College, Babson, Yale, Penn and Skidmore over the past five years.  Tim was a varsity basketball performer at Greenport High School on Long Island before attending BC.

Ben Farmer - Assistant Coach

Ben Farmer, assistant coach      Ben Farmer, a 2008 graduate of Marist College who has extensive camp and AAU coaching experience, joins the Cardinal coaching staff in 2013-14 as an assistant.  A native of Clinton, Conn., and graduate of the Morgan School with a PG year at St. Thomas More Prep, Ben had a stellar career at Marist Colege, especially in the three-point shooting department.  As a junior he was part of a Red Fox squad that set the program record for wins in a season with 25, won a regular-season conference title and captured a first-round post-season NIT contest.  His .421 career three-point shooting percentage currently ranks third at Marist and he ranks ninth in career treys.  Following graduation, Ben spent four years as a medical sales consultant for a Fortune 500 company.