Aug. 13, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas – Head basketball coach Scott Cross announced that he has hired Pat Rafferty as the director of operations for the team.
Rafferty has worked at every level of basketball and brings experience as a former scout, assistant and head coach at different levels of the game.
“I want to be able to plug in and contribute and compliment coach Cross and compliment the other coaches,” Rafferty said. “I want to contribute wherever I can. That’s the main thing, I want to be utilized in any way that I can.”
Rafferty joins the Mavericks after coaching Grayson County College of Denison last season. His coaching road began at his alma mater in 1982 when he started his career as an assistant coach at Eastern Montana College. His experience includes coaching as an assistant at the University of Louisville and Northern Arizona and he became the youngest head coach at the time when he returned to Northern Arizona in 1988.
After leaving Northern Arizona, Rafferty was a scout for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA and was a court coach for the U-19 USA basketball team in 2007.
“Being in a lot of different situations and having to prepare teams is the experience I wish to bring to the team,” Rafferty said. “The situations and people I’ve been able to work with are invaluable experiences that I hope to bring to the table.”
He said that his first experience with the Mavs was while watching a practice during the 2011-12 season in which UTA won the Southland Conference regular season championship.
“I came and watched practice and was really impressed in their purpose and the way they approached preparing their guys,” he said. “There was a correlation there. There was some purpose in practice and what they were setting themselves to do. I was really impressed with that. And then one thing led to another and as things happen in this profession here I am.”
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