May 2, 2013
BALTIMORE - A veteran of the Patriot League, Josh Loeffler has joined the men's basketball staff at Loyola University Maryland as an assistant coach, Head Coach G.G. Smith announced today.
Loeffler, who spent the 2012-2013 season as the director of basketball operations at Rutgers University, was an assistant coach at Lafayette College where he helped Fran O'Hanlon's teams reach the Patriot League Championship Game in 2010 and 2011.
"I am very pleased that Josh is joining our staff here at Loyola," said Smith. "He brings tremendous experience from the Patriot League that will be great as we transition to the conference. His recruiting connections are vast, and his experience as a highly successful Division III head coach is something else that attracted us to him."
Loeffler said, "I am excited to be a part of Loyola basketball and work with Coach Smith. He was obviously a big part of the success Loyola has had recently, and I am looking forward to helping continue the winning trend Loyola has been on."
He was the recruiting coordinator for the Leopards, oversaw team travel and budgeting and was the program's liaison to the admissions and compliance offices. Under his coordination, Lafayette's 2011 recruiting class was ranked the highest in the Patriot League.
At Lafayette, Loeffler was responsible for the recruitment of an All-Patriot League First Team and Second Team performer, three All-Rookie Team members. He also coached two additional Leopards who earned All-Patriot League honors and another who was the 2012 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
"Josh is just a terrific as a coach on the floor, as a recruiter, and will be a great addition to Loyola's program," O'Hanlon said. "He had a large part in the recent success that we've had here at Lafayette, and I'm sure he will bring the same dedication and commitment to Loyola."
Prior to working at the Easton, Pa., school, Loeffler was the head coach at NCAA Division III school Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., where he led the Ducks to a 46-13 record from 2006-2008.
In his first season as a head coach, he guided Stevens to a 23-7 record and a ahare of the Skyline Conference regular-season title. The Ducks garnered an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they beat 18th-ranked Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Ramapo College to advance to the Sweet 16 where they fell to eventual national champion Amherst College.
Stevens finished that season ranked 24th in the country and first in the NCAA Atlantic Region in the D3Hoops.com poll, and Loeffler was named the D3Hoops.com Atlantic Region Coach of the Year.
The following year, 2007-2008, Loeffler's team matched the school record set in his first year with 23 wins (in 29 games). Stevens moved to the Empire 8 Conference that year and shared the regular-season title with Ithaca College. The Ducks lost to eventual Empire 8 champion Nazareth College in the conference semifinals, but they received the top overall seed for the ECAC Division III Metro Championship where they won three games and captured the ECAC Metro title.
Before he was a head coach at Stevens, Loeffler was an assistant coach in 2005-2006 at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., for current Bucknell University Head Coach Dave Paulsen.
He was a graduate assistant coach at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., in 2004-2005, and he broke into coaching at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., during the 2004-2004 season. At Hamilton, he helped the basketball team achieve a 19-8 record and earn an NCAA Tournament bid, and he was also the defensive line coach for the Continentals' football team.
Loeffler graduated from Swarthmore College in 2003 with a degree in economics. He was a multi-sport student-athlete for the Garnet, earning four varsity letters as a forward on the basketball team and one as a tight end on the gridiron.
The native of West Grove, Pa., is married to the former Helen Leitner, and they have a young daughter, Alison.