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Bill Raftery

Basketball Analyst & Former College Basketball Coach

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 Bill Raftery Biography

Bill Raftery began his broadcasting career with SportsChannel New York (now known as FOX Sports Net) in 1982 and for the last four seasons has been paired with Ian Eagle. The year 1982 also marked Raftery’s first season with ESPN, where he serves as an analyst for college basketball. Since 1982, he can also be heard as an analyst on CBS’s college basketball and NBA coverage.Over his 19-year broadcast career, the excitable announcer who calls bank shots has called many thrilling Nets and college basketball games, including the Nets 1984 first- round upset win over the World Champion 76ers in the playoffs and the mid-1980’s Big East successes in the NCAA Tournament. He has also worked the NCAA Finals for the last eight years on CBS Radio.

From 1970-1981, Bill Raftery served as head basketball coach at Seton Hall University, where he revitalized the program and led the Pirates to seven straight winning seasons and a record of 154-141. Raftery led the team to four ECAC post-season tournaments and two National Invitational Tournament appearances. His 154 wins as a coach place him fourth on the all-time list at Seton Hall behind Honey Russell, P.J. Carlesimo and Frank Hill. From 1979-1981, he also served as President of the Big East Coaches Association.

Prior to coaching at SHU, Raftery spent five years coaching at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. He led the Jersey Devils to a 63-48 record from 1963-68. In his final year at FDU, he led the team to an 18-6 record and earned Coach of the Year honors from the New Jersey Basketball Writers Association. His .572 winning percentage is the highest in school history and his 63 wins rank him second on the all-time list.

A standout on the court as well, Raftery played three seasons at LaSalle University under legendary coach Donald “Dudley” Moore. During the 1959-1960 season, he set a freshman scoring mark with 370 points. The next year, he led the varsity team with 17.8 points per game and in his senior year, he co-captained the Explorers to the National Invitational Tournament. Following his senior year at LaSalle, he was drafted by the New York Knicks, making it to the final cut.

Prior to attending LaSalle, Bill Raftery was an All-State selection in basketball, soccer and baseball at St. Cecilia High School in Kearny, New Jersey. On the hardwood, he posted a New Jersey state record scoring 827 points in his senior year, leading the team to the state championship. During his high school career he scored 2,192 points, which at the time was also a New Jersey state record.

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Basketball Analyst & Former College Basketball Coach

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Bill Raftery began his broadcasting career with SportsChannel New York (now known as FOX Sports Net) in 1982 and for the last four seasons has been paired with Ian Eagle. The year 1982 also marked Raftery’s first season with ESPN, where he serves as an analyst for college basketball. Since 1982, he can also be heard as an analyst on CBS’s college basketball and NBA coverage.Over his 19-year broadcast career, the excitable announcer who calls bank shots has called many thrilling Nets and college basketball games, including the Nets 1984 first- round upset win over the World Champion 76ers in the playoffs and the mid-1980’s Big East successes in the NCAA Tournament. He has also worked the NCAA Finals for the last eight years on CBS Radio.

From 1970-1981, Bill Raftery served as head basketball coach at Seton Hall University, where he revitalized the program and led the Pirates to seven straight winning seasons and a record of 154-141. Raftery led the team to four ECAC post-season tournaments and two National Invitational Tournament appearances. His 154 wins as a coach place him fourth on the all-time list at Seton Hall behind Honey Russell, P.J. Carlesimo and Frank Hill. From 1979-1981, he also served as President of the Big East Coaches Association.

Prior to coaching at SHU, Raftery spent five years coaching at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. He led the Jersey Devils to a 63-48 record from 1963-68. In his final year at FDU, he led the team to an 18-6 record and earned Coach of the Year honors from the New Jersey Basketball Writers Association. His .572 winning percentage is the highest in school history and his 63 wins rank him second on the all-time list.

A standout on the court as well, Raftery played three seasons at LaSalle University under legendary coach Donald “Dudley” Moore. During the 1959-1960 season, he set a freshman scoring mark with 370 points. The next year, he led the varsity team with 17.8 points per game and in his senior year, he co-captained the Explorers to the National Invitational Tournament. Following his senior year at LaSalle, he was drafted by the New York Knicks, making it to the final cut.

Prior to attending LaSalle, Bill Raftery was an All-State selection in basketball, soccer and baseball at St. Cecilia High School in Kearny, New Jersey. On the hardwood, he posted a New Jersey state record scoring 827 points in his senior year, leading the team to the state championship. During his high school career he scored 2,192 points, which at the time was also a New Jersey state record.

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Booking Agency-related Disclaimer

Fee Information: Booking Fees to hire speakers and celebrities are determined based on a number factors and often change without notice. Fee Ranges listed on this website are intended to serve only as a guideline. For the most current celebrity fees or to check availability, please contact a booking agent.

Please Note: All American Speakers Bureau acts only as an entertainment broker/producer for corporate functions, private engagements and special events. All American Speakers Bureau does not claim or represent itself as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Bill Raftery or any artists or celebrities on this website.

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials and endorsements.

Profiles listed on this website are provided as a resource to our clients, which are meeting and event planners and other buyers of talent in order to provide them with the widest variety and selection of available talent. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read about the All American Speakers Bureau Advantage.

Due to the volume of emails and calls we receive, we can no longer respond to inquiries related to any of the following:

  • Schedules of upcoming public appearances
  • Contact info for artists or requests to forward messages.
  • Artist's TV, stage or film projects or representation
  • Media requests for print, radio or TV interviews.
  • Any inquiry not related to hiring talent for paid engagements

Related Tags: Find top-rated keynote speakers, corporate entertainers and famous personalities like Bill Raftery. Find information on booking Bill Raftery for appearances, speaking engagements and endorsements. Your source for booking agency and speaker bureau contact info, as well as how to contact a celebrity talent booking agent that can book Bill Raftery, list of similar top-rated speakers for hire, what is the cost to book a top 10 motivational speaker, musician, comedian or famous athlete like Bill Raftery.

This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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