PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Rice announced Tuesday that Josh Loeffler has been named to his staff as Director of Basketball Operations. Loeffler arrives “On the Banks” with nine years of collegiate coaching experience and four seasons of collegiate playing experience, including the past four seasons as an assistant coach at Lafayette College.
“Josh is uniquely qualified for this position,” said Rice. “He has achieved success at many levels, while building a reputation as a hard worker with a great knowledge of the game. We are very excited to welcome the Loeffler family into the program.”
At Lafayette, Leoffler served as head coach Fran O’Hanlon’s top assistant and helped the Leopards to the Patriot League Tournament Final in 2011 and 2010. He also had the role of recruiting coordinator, overseeing travel and budget, while serving as the liaison with compliance and admissions. Lafayette’s 2011 recruiting class was ranked the highest in the Patriot League.
Prior to his arrival in Easton, Pa., Loeffler spent two seasons as the head coach at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., and led the Division III institution to a 46-13 mark during his tenure. In his first season in 2006-07, he guided Stevens to a 23-7 record and a share of the Skyline Conference title. His squad earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, where it knocked of 18th-ranked Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Ramapo College to reach the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual national champion Amherst College. Stevens finished the year ranked 24th in the country and first in the NCAA Atlantic Region in the D3hoops.com poll, while Loeffler was named the Atlantic Region Coach of the Year.
In 2007-08, Loeffler's squad tied the school record for wins in a season with a 23-6 mark. Stevens made the switch to the Empire 8 Conference and shared the regular-season title with Ithaca College. After losing to eventual champion Nazareth College in the semifinals of the conference tournament, the Ducks received the top overall seed for the ECAC Division III Metro Championship. Loeffler went on to lead Stevens to three straight victories and the ECAC Metro title.
Loeffler spent the 2005-06 season as an assistant at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., under current Bucknell head coach Dave Paulsen. In 2004-05, he was a graduate assistant coach at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.
Loeffler began his coaching career as an assistant at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., in 2003-04. He also served as the defensive line coach with the football team for one season. While at Hamilton, Loeffler helped lead the basketball team to a 19-8 mark and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
A 2003 graduate of Swarthmore College with a degree in economics, Loeffler competed as a multi-sport student-athlete with the Garnet. A native of West Grove, Pa., he earned four varsity letters on the hardwood at forward and one on the gridiron as a tight end in his sophomore year.
Loeffler, 30, is married to the former Helen Leitner.