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Jim Ferry, a proven winner at every level of college basketball, is in his fifth season as head coach of the Dukes.
The Elmont, N.Y. native, who came to the Bluff after leading LIU Brooklyn to back-to-back NCAA Championship appearances in 2011 and 2012, has seen his Duquesne teams show steady improvement over his tenure, going from eight wins in 2012-13 to 17 in 2015-16.
A proponent of up-tempo basketball, Ferry's Duquesne teams have averaged 73.2 ppg. in his first four seasons - the third-highest scoring average in the Atlantic 10 over that span.
Ferry's inaugural Dukes team, which finished 8-22, managed to post the school's first win at Temple in 18 years as well as produce Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team member Derrick Colter.
In 2014, Ferry guided a roster that opened the season with eight first-year scholarship players to 13 wins. The Dukes notched seven road victories for just the fifth time since 1955, including the school's first road win over a Top 10 team in 52 years - 71-64 at No. 10 (AP) Saint Louis in late February.
Ferry transfer recruits Ovie Soko (UAB) and Micah Mason (Drake) had outstanding seasons in 2014. Soko led an Atlantic 10 Conference that sent six teams to the NCAA Tournament in scoring on his way to earning third team all-league honors, while Mason became the first Duquesne men's player to lead the nation in a statistical category when he shot an NCAA-best .560 from the 3-point arc.
In 2015, with a roster that featured one senior, the Dukes won six of their last 12 games - including the school's third Atlantic 10 Championship first round win in 20 years - in finishing 12-19.
Ferry's 2016 Dukes posted 17 wins for just the seventh time in 44 seasons in earning a bid to the CBI. It was the school's first postseason appearance since 2011. DU's wild 120-112 CBI First Round win over Omaha was the school's fourth postseason tournament victory (NCAA/NIT/CBI) in 47 years.
The 2016 backcourt of Colter (609 points) and third team All-A-10 pick Mason (608 points), became the first duo to score over 600 points in the same season as the Dukes set a school team record for points with 2,704. DU's 79.5 ppg. scoring average led the A-10.
Among the season highlights was Ferry's 300th career win - a 86-75 victory at George Mason on January 23.
Ferry came to DU after engineering one of the top turnarounds in NCAA Division I basketball at LIU Brooklyn.
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 2012 national champion Kentucky's 52 consecutive home victories at the time. He also left behind four returning starters - including 2011-12 NEC Player of the Year Julian Bond - to come to Duquesne. The 2013 Blackbirds went on to make a third consecutive NCAA appearance under former Ferry assistant Jack Perri.
Ferry earned a number of accolades during his time at LIU including a pair of NEC Coach of the Year honors (2005 & 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. Among his top recruits was guard Jason Brickman, who finished his career as one of only four players in NCAA history to accumulate 1,000 assists.
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 league play 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, the son of a New York City transit police officer, 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 of four children: Victoria, twins Hannah and James, and Leo.