Dalip Bhatia was named Director of Basketball Operations at Rutgers University on May 23, 2013 after serving as an Assistant Coach at St. Peter’s University. He is in his second season “On the Banks” under head coach Eddie Jordan.
“We are very excited to add Dalip to our staff,” said Jordan on the date of his appointment. “He is a high-character individual who will represent the program well. Dalip is a Rutgers man. He is detail-oriented and highly regarded in the metro basketball community.”
In addition to assisting with day-to-day activities of the coaching staff, Bhatia is responsible for scheduling team travel, practices, meals, facility use and meetings.
A native of North Brunswick, N.J., Bhatia spent five seasons under SPU head coach John Dunne, including his final three as assistant coach. Cited by St. Peter’s as the first known Division I men’s basketball assistant coach of Indian descent in NCAA history, Bhatia helped the squad earn the 2011 MAAC Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in sixteen years.
In his role with the Peacocks, Bhatia’s responsibilities included working with the team’s forwards, recruiting, scouting and academics. Under his tenure, forward Ryan Bacon was named to the All-MAAC Second Team and Jeron Belin was named the 2011 MAAC Tournament MVP. Bhatia also recruited Desi Washington, who paced the Peacocks with 14.6 points per game during the 2012-13 season. Bhatia served as the Director of Basketball Operations in his first two seasons at St. Peter’s.
Prior to arriving in Jersey City, Bhatia was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Kean University in Union, N.J., for the 2007-08 season in which the team advanced to the NJAC Tournament for the first time in seven years.
Bhatia earned a degree in accounting from Rutgers in 2005. He worked as a senior auditor at Deloitte LLP in Princeton from 2005 to 2007. During his tenure with the firm, he began his career on the hardwood, also serving as a volunteer assistant boys’ varsity coach at North Brunswick High School.