Jeff House

COACH JEFF HOUSEjeff houseBringing with him a tremendous amount of coaching experience, advance scouting, game preparation as well as practice planning, Jeff House enters his 23rd season coaching basketball. He spent six plus seasons as a member of the New York Liberty coaching staff – where he has been instrumental in the team’s run to the 1999, 2000 and 2002 WNBA Eastern Conference Championships, and three appearances in the WNBA Finals. When Jeff left the Liberty he was one of the most senior bench assistants in the WNBA. “Winning championships is what you strive for each season, we were WNBA Eastern Conference Champions 3 out of 5 years,” stated House, “it was a great experience.”House initially joined the Liberty in 1998 as video coordinator after spending the previous campaign (1997-98) as a member of the New York Knicks’ game night video staff. In January 1999, Jeff was appointed to the full-time position of assistant coach video coordinator.House’s responsibilities included assisting with on-court coaching duties – focusing on both post and perimeter players, working with players on individual skill development in and out of season, assisting in the planning of practice, scouting player personnel in both the college ranks and in Europe, planning the Liberty offensive game plan and post game evaluation, as well as advance team and player scouting. Working out of the Liberty’s state-of-the-art Training Center, he was also responsible for supervising and training the video operations staff, as well as a staff of nearly 20 regional advance scouts. These staff’s created player edit tapes, broke down game film into offensive and defensive sets and organized the information on the advance scouting of opponents for the team and staff.Jeff’s first coaching stint was at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, NY, while he was an undergraduate at Nazareth College. At McQuaid, he served as an assistant to former Knicks and current Houston Rockets head coach Jeff Van Gundy in 1985. In 1986 Jeff was a key component to McQuaid’s run to the Class B, Section 5 New York State Championship.House graduated from Nazareth College in 1987, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education and from Jacksonville University in 1991 with a Masters Degree in Teaching, Guidance & Counseling. He spent the next ten years honing his skills as an assistant coach, including three seasons at the University of Lowell as assistant to current Miami Heat head coach Stan Van Gundy (1988-91) and four seasons as an assistant coach at Rutgers University with Bob Wenzel. (1992-95). While at Rutgers University in 1995, House served as head coach for the People-to-People Sports Holland All-Star Tour. He directed a combination of Big East, Atlantic 10 and Big 10 All-Stars to a 6-1 record, losing only to Holland’s National Champions. “Throughout my 10 years in the college game I learned a great deal, both through success and failure. I have a plan on what to do and what not to do to build a program and make it successful,” stated House.House is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and serves as President & on-court director of House’s HOOP Headquarters, a company he created in 1996.Jeff and his wife Ann Leonard-House, the former head women’s volleyball coach at Rutgers University and UMass Lowell, have been married for twelve years and reside in Albemarle County, Virginia. The coaching duo are the proud parents of two children, a daughter and a son.

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  • Dave Burstrom on August 8th, 2009


    This message if for Jeff House.
    It has been a long time…Glad to hear of your career successes. What are you doing now? Do you remember playing whiffle ball with a tennis ball in your back yard? Making out yankees line ups??
    It doesnt seem like it was that long ago….I am living just outside of Knoxville, TN. In Maryville…been married for 22 years. Have 2 sons that play college baseball here in TN and a daughter in High School. Sophomore. Just wanted to touch base to see how you are doing, hope all is well. Dave

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