George Blaney

American basketball player-coach

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George Blaney
Personal information
Born (1939-11-12) November 12, 1939 (age 83)
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High schoolSt. Peter's Prep
(Jersey City, New Jersey)
CollegeHoly Cross (1958–1961)
NBA draft1961 / Round: 4 / Pick: 33rd overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career1961–1967
PositionPoint guard
Career history
As player:
1961–1962New York Knicks
1962–1964Trenton Colonials
1964–1966Camden Bullets
1966–1967Allentown Jets
As coach:
1972–1994Holy Cross
1994–1997Seton Hall
2000–2013Connecticut (assistant)
Career NBA statistics
Points117 (3.3 ppg)
Rebounds36 (1.0 rpg)
Assists45 (1.3 apg)
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George R. Blaney (born November 12, 1939) is an American former basketball player and coach.[1]

Blaney played high school basketball at St. Peter's Preparatory School in Jersey City.[2]

After playing basketball at the College of the Holy Cross during the late 1950s and early 1960s, the 6'1" Blaney spent one season with the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association. He served as the head basketball coach at Stonehill College from 1967 to 1969 and Dartmouth College from 1969 to 1971. From 1972 to 1994, he served as head coach of Holy Cross, compiling a 357–276 overall record. He then became head coach at Seton Hall University, where he led the team to the NIT twice before being fired following the 1996–97 season.

In 2000, he began serving as an assistant head coach at the University of Connecticut. Blaney, while filling in for Jim Calhoun, made he history at UConn on January 23, 2010 when UConn defeated the top–ranked of Texas Longhorns, 88–74. It marked the first time that an opponent had come to Gampel Pavilion ranked first in the nation, and was subsequently the first time UConn ousted the nation's top team at home.

Blaney also filled in for Calhoun for 11 games in the 2011–12 season. He is credited with the first three games of the 2011–12 Big East Conference season, when Calhoun sat out a conference-imposed suspension for recruiting violations.[3] He also served as interim coach throughout February 2012, when Calhoun went on medical leave; those eight games, however, are credited to Calhoun.

Blaney announced his retirement on June 13, 2013.[4]


  1. ^ "George Blaney". UConn Huskies. Archived from the original on 1 January 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  2. ^ George Blaney Archived 2007-12-18 at the Wayback Machine, Accessed November 4, 2007.
  3. ^ AP (January 5, 2012). "Jim Calhoun not credited with wins". ESPN. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  4. ^ "George Blaney announces retirement". ESPN. June 13, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
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