Bears begin 2012-13 schedule at 7 p.m. Thursday at Ferrell Center
Deuce Bello, Brady Heslip and Tim Maloney will represent Baylor on two-week tour
#4 Bears Getting it Done Off the Court as Well
New York native Tim Maloney is in his sixth season as Baylor's director of basketball operations, joining head coach Scott Drew's staff after a three-year stint at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Maloney's experience and feel for the game aids the Baylor coaching staff in terms of developing strategy, analyzing game film, planning practices and contributing at staff meetings. Additionally he assists with academics, game scheduling, fundraising and on-campus recruiting. He acts as a solid ambassador for Baylor basketball as an inspirational speaker/life coach for the program, alumni, the three point club and community.
Maloney, who is in his 30th year in college basketball, has nine NCAA Tournament appearances and four NIT appearances in 16 years of Division I experience to his credit. Included are two Elite Eight appearances, three Sweet 16 appearances and a Final Four, as well as two appearances in the NIT championship game and an appearance in the NCAA national championship game and a NIT title.
Baylor overcame a 2-8 start in Big 12 play to win 12 of its final 15 games and finish with a 26-12 record in 2013-14. The Bears won three games in three days to advance to the Big 12 Championship title game, which helped BU secure a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament. BU went on to defeat No. 11 seed Nebraska and No. 3 seed Creighton to advance to the Sweet 16 for the third time in the last five seasons.
Baylor won 23 games on its was to the program's first-ever national tournament championship in 2012-13. The Bears won five straight games to become the first Big 12 team to win an NIT title. Following the season, BU's Pierre Jackson was selected in the 2013 NBA Draft. He became the fourth Baylor player to be chosen in the last two drafts, which ranks third nationally behind only Kentucky and North Carolina.
Baylor also made history during the 2011-12 season, winning a school-record 30 games and advancing to the NCAA Tournament South Region Final for the second time in three seasons. The Bears were ranked throughout the season for the first time in program history, reaching as high as No. 3 in the polls and never dropping lower than 14th. Following the record-breaking season, the Bears had a program-record three players selected in the 2012 NBA Draft (Perry Jones III, Quincy Acy, Quincy Miller).
During the 2009-10 season, the Bears won a then-school-record 28 games and tied for second in the Big 12 Conference standings with an 11-5 record. The Bears, who earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA South Region, won their first NCAA Tournament game in 60 years, advancing to the Elite Eight for the first time in the modern tournament era. Baylor finished the 2009-10 season ranked No. 10 in the final ESPN/USA TODAY Coaches Top 25 poll and No. 19 in the final AP Top 25 poll.
In June 2011, Maloney, along with Baylor student-athletes A.J. Walton and Cory Jefferson, traveled to Macedonia and Kosovo with Athletes In Action. The Baylor trio led AIA to a 5-1 record and a tournament title as the Americans defeated Poland in the championship game. Maloney again traveled with AIA in 2012, along with Baylor student-athletes Deuce Bello and Brady Heslip, on a tour through Germany and Poland.
Maloney previously served as the associate head coach at UMass under current Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford. In 2007-08, the Minutemen capped off a 25-11 season, advancing to the championship game of the National Invitation Tournament. UMass lost in the finals to Ohio State, 92-85. In 2006-07, UMass claimed its first Atlantic 10 Conference regular season championship since 1995-96, made its first postseason appearance since 2000 and reached the second round of the NIT.
During the summer of 2007, Maloney served as head coach for Athletes In Action's team that toured Germany. Comprised of 10 Division I players, including Baylor's Tweety Carter, the team went undefeated in a week of five games in six days. As a student-athlete, Maloney played for AIA against pro teams in South America in 1984.
Following the 2005-06 season, Donnie Jones, former Florida associate head coach and current Marshall head coach, sent Maloney a piece of the net from the 2006 NCAA national championship game. Florida head coach Billy Donovan later sent Maloney a personalized NCAA Championship ring in appreciation of Maloney's role in transforming the Gators into a national champion.
Prior to UMass, Maloney spent two seasons at Eastern Kentucky, first as an assistant and then as associate head coach. In 2003-04, Maloney was instrumental in the Colonels' resurgence, helping guide the team to its best finish since the 1995-96 campaign, including a fourth-place finish in the Ohio Valley Conference and an appearance in the OVC tournament finals. Maloney served as the Colonels' recruiting coordinator, and the staff, as a team, landed a recruiting class nationally ranked in the top 28. In 2004-05, the Colonels made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 25 years.
Maloney came to EKU after spending six years at the University of Florida. As assistant to the head coach, Maloney served in an advisory capacity to Billy Donovan. Donovan used Maloney in every aspect of the Gator program from basketball operations, to practice, game coaching and recruiting. During these years, the Gators made six postseason appearances, won two SEC regular season titles, and played in the 2000 national championship game against Michigan State. Maloney was also influential in bringing in some of the nation's top-ranked recruiting classes, including the 2002 class, which was rated second nationally.
Before heading to Gainesville, Maloney worked as an assistant at the University at Buffalo where he played an integral role in the team's unprecedented success in 1997. That season, the Bulls gained their first appearance in the semifinals of the Mid-Continent Conference tournament. They also took home the "Big Four Championship" for the first time in school history, an annual event featuring Buffalo, Canisius, Niagara and St. Bonaventure.
Prior to joining the collegiate ranks, Maloney experienced national exposure in prep school basketball. Named head coach of Mariner High School in Cape Coral in the summer of 1993, he took over a team that went 7-18 the previous season and turned the team around to the tune of an 18-7 mark, giving the school its best record ever.
In Maloney's second season, the Tritons posted a 22-7 record and ranked among the top ten high school teams in Florida. In 1995-96, his third season at the helm, Maloney guided Mariner to a 33-3 record and a berth in the state finals. That season, the Tritons ranked No. 1 in the state of Florida, rose to No. 16 in the nation, and ranked third in the south by the National Prep Boys Poll. For his efforts, Maloney was named Southwest Florida Coach of the Year and Conference Coach of the Year after each of those seasons at Mariner. In 1996, he was also named Gulf Coast All-Sports Coach of the Year and Boys Basketball Coach of the Year in Southwest Florida. Additionally, Maloney's team was nominated for sportsmanship awards and received recognition from local governments.
Over the years, Maloney has acquired additional experience coaching domestic and international teams during the summer. He spent the summer of 1996 as associate head coach for the Long Island squad in the Empire State Games, a team that featured current NBA players Wally Szczerbiak and Speedy Claxton. The team went on to capture Long Island's first gold medal in 18 years.
In 1997, Maloney assisted the Mexican National Team in the Central American Championships. The team placed fourth, giving it a berth in the Pan-American games. It was the best finish for Mexico in eight years. In 1999, Maloney was a featured lecturer and coaching instructor for the Five Star Basketball Camp in Turkey. Since then, Five Star has continually sought Maloney to work as a director for other international events.
During the summer of 2002, Maloney traveled to the Far East, working for another group as a coach and lecturer at all levels of basketball. The stint ended with Maloney in a round-table discussion with the leaders of the Chinese Basketball Association in Beijing, the city that hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics. Maloney's coaching career began at Martin Luther High School in New York City, where he served from 1984-1986. He went on to coach at Nyack and St. Thomas Aquinas Colleges. Each of these programs experienced winning seasons and advanced to the postseason.
A 1982 graduate of Manhattanville College, Maloney competed in basketball, baseball, soccer, and cross country. He earned "Most Dedicated Athlete" for his labors with the cross country program. Maloney earned his master's degree in counseling from Hunter College in 2004. He and his wife Joanne have a son, Thomas Joseph (TJ).