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Jim Ferry, who led LIU Brooklyn to back-to-back NCAA Championship appearances in 2011 and 2012, is in his second season as head coach of the Dukes.
The Elmont, N.Y. native, who came to the Bluff with over 250 wins as a head coach at the Division I, Division II and Division III levels, is the 16th head coach in the 96-year history of Duquesne basketball.
Ferry came to DU after engineering one of the top rebuilding projects in NCAA Division I basketball at LIU.
He took over a 5-22 Blackbirds team in 2002-03 and guided it to 52 wins, including a 34-2 record in Northeast Conference play, in his final two seasons. In the process, Ferry's LIU teams consistently ranked among the top scoring squads in the country.
In 2011, the Blackbirds were the fourth-highest scoring team in the nation in finishing 27-6. The 27 wins were the most by an LIU team since 1937.
LIU ranked second nationally in scoring at 81.4 points per game in posting a 25-9 record in 2012. It was the first time since 1941 & 1942 - then under legendary head coach Clair Bee - that LIU won 25 or more games in back-to-back seasons.
Ferry left the Brooklyn campus with a 27-game home win streak - second only to national champion Kentucky's 52 consecutive home victories. He also left behind four returning starters including 2011-12 NEC Player of the Year Julian Bond to come to Duquesne.
Ferry earned a number of accolades during his time at LIU including a pair of NEC Coach of the Year honors (2005 and 2011). His players also received numerous honors including NEC Player of the Year (Julian Bond) and NEC Rookie of the Year twice (James Williams & Julian Bond). In all, Ferry coached 11 all-conference honorees and eight all-rookie selections in 10 seasons at LIU.
Prior to taking over at LIU, Ferry was highly successful at the Division II level where he led Adelphi University to an 82-11 record in three seasons from 1999 through 2002. He led the Garden City, N.Y. school to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2000 and NCAA Elite 8 appearances in 2001 and 2002 and was named NIT/Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Division II Coach of the Year all three seasons.
Ferry's Adelphi teams went 62-4 in winning three-straight New York Collegiate Athletic Conference championships. His 2001 Panthers won 31 consecutive games in posting a school record 31 wins (31-1).
Ferry got his head coaching start at Division III Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire where he led the Panthers to a 22-8 record and an appearance in the New England Tournament finals in 1998-99.
He was named New Hampshire Coaches Association Division III Coach of the Year following the season.
Ferry reached the 100-win plateau (104-19) in his first four seasons as a head coach.
A 1990 graduate of Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire, Ferry started his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater in 1990-91.
He served as an assistant coach at Bentley College in Waltham, Mass. for seven seasons prior to taking the head coaching position at Plymouth State. As an assistant, he helped the Falcons to a 1992-93 Northeast 10 regular season championship and trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Ferry grew up in Elmont, N.Y., as the son of a New York City transit police officer. He played one year at New York Tech before transferring to Keene State, where he posted a double-digit scoring average for his career. Ferry led the Owls in scoring as a junior and was team captain as a senior. He earned his undergraduate degree in public safety science.
Ferry and his wife, Kelly, are the parents four children: Victoria, twins Hannah and James, and Leo.
THE JIM FERRY FILE
High School: Valley Stream North
AS A HEAD COACH
2011 NCAA Second Round at LIU Brooklyn
2012 NCAA Second Round at LIU Brooklyn