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2015-16 Coaching Staff

Joe Reilly - Head Men's Basketball Coach

(860) 685-2918 - jpreilly@wesleyan.edu
Joe Reilly, head coach     Joe Reilly enters his eighth season in charge of Wesleyan men's basketball in 2015-16.  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 90-84 record at Wesleyan, Joe has amassed 244 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 111 years of Wesleyan basketball has a team posted a greater increase in its total triumphs than nine. Then in 2014-15, Joe guided the Cardinals to their first-ever NESCAC crown with an overtime win against Amherst in the title game. Wesleyan won all three of its NESCAC tournament games away from home, avenging regular-season losses to Bates, Trinity and Amherst en route to the crown. That gave the team its initial trip to the NCAA Division III Championship, finishing with an 18-8 record.
     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.
Max Sass - Assistant Coach

(860) 685-4162 - msass@wesleyan.edu

Max Sass      Max Sass joins the Wesleyan coaching staff for his first year in 2015-16. He will serve as full-time assistant coach while working towards his masters degree in Wesleyan's GLSP program.
     Prior to joining the Cardinals, Max served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Bard College in the Liberty League. Over Sass' two seasons at Bard, the Raptors improved from four wins to a program record 11 wins in 2014-15, including six Liberty League victories. He was integral in all aspects of the program, including on-court coaching, practice planning, film breakdown and scouting.
     Before his two years at Bard, Max served as a graduate assistant for his alma mater, Hofstra University. At Hofstra, Max graduated from the University's Honors College with distinction and earned a BA in journalism with highest honors. As a graduate assistant and MBA candidate, he assisted the coaching staff in day-to-day operations, academic oversight, and film breakdown. As part of his role, Max reinvigorated the Pride's social media presence in order to promote the team and engage the community.
     In July and August, 2015, Max represented the U.S. as the assistant men's basketball coach at the European Maccabi Games in Berlin, Germany. He helped put together a team of 12 of the best Jewish players in the country to compete against Israel, France, Germany and other nations in the Open Division. Max is also a veteran of the summer camp circuit, coaching at numerous Hoop Group Elite Camps, Skills Camps, Top 100s, Jam Fests as well as Hoop Mountain events.

Elijah Weeks - Assistant Coach

(860) 685-2731 - eweeks@wesleyan.edu

Elijah Weeks, assistant coach      Elijah Weeks, a 2009 graduate of Williams College who has extensive high-school basketball coaching experience, joined the Wesleyan basketball coaching staff in 2014-15 as an assistant and will be i his second year in 2015-16. 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 six 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.  In addition, he assists with the men's lacrosse team during the spring.