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2014-15 Coaching Staff

Joe Reilly - Head Men's Basketball Coach
(860) 685-2918 - jpreilly@wesleyan.edu
 
Joe Reilly, head coach     Joe Reilly enters his seventh season in charge of Wesleyan men's basketball in 2014-15.  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 72-76 record at Wesleyan, Joe has amassed 226 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 joined the Wesleyan staff for the first time in 2013-14 as assistant men's basketball coach and athletics department intern.  He begins his second campaign in 2014-15.  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.

Elijah Weeks - Assistant Coach

Elijah Weeks, assistant coach      Elijah Weeks, a 2009 graduate of Williams College who has extensive high-school basketball coaching experience, joins the Wesleyan basketball coaching staff in 2014-15 as an assistant. Elijah is a Bronx native and a graduate of St. Andrew’s School (Del.), where he served as a two-year captain on the basketball team.  At Williams, Elijah was a three-year starter and two-sport athlete in football and lacrosse.
     Elijah has spent the last five years developing his coaching skills and expanding his knowledge of the game of basketball at a number of secondary institutions. From 2009-10, Elijah served as the head basketball coach, strength and conditioning coach, and physical education teacher at the Emily N. Carey School in Harlem, N.Y. and has spent the last three years at the Asheville School in North Carolina where he worked as the assistant basketball coach and worked as strength and conditioning coach during the off-season. Elijah specializes in defensive schemes and rotations, as well as strength and conditioning. 
     Elijah is an intern in the Wesleyan athletics department and also serves as an assistant coach in football, handing running backs, the position he played for the Ephs.  He will assist with the men's lacrosse team during the spring as well.