Loeffler to return to D-III, take Johns Hopkins job

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Josh Loeffler has been on the staff at Lafayette, Rutgers and Loyola (Md.) since leavin' Stevens.


Former Stevens men's basketball coach and D3hoops.com Atlantic Region Coach of the Year Josh Loeffler will be the new men's basketball head coach at Johns Hopkins, as Hoopsville originally reported. Loeffler will replace Bill Nelson, who announced his retirement in March after 606 wins as a head coach, 501 of them in 31 years at JHU.

Loeffler's move will be a short one, as he has been an assistant coach at Division I Loyola (Md.), in Baltimore, for the past four seasons.

A former two-sport athlete at Swarthmore, Loeffler was head coach of Stevens Institute of Technology for two seasons, including leading the Ducks to the NCAA Division III Sweet 16 in 2007. He left after the 2008 season to take an assistant coaching position at Lafayette

The Ducks were 46-13 in the two seasons Loeffler was head coach.

Loeffler was previously an assistant coach under Dave Paulsen at Williams. He had also been an assistant coach at Hamilton and St. Lawrence before landing the Williams job. He also spent a season at Rutgers as director of basketball operations before taking his most recent position, at Loyola.

“It is a tremendous honor to be selected as Johns Hopkins’ next men’s basketball coach,” said Loeffler. “I would like to thank Alanna Shanahan and Mike Mattia for this opportunity. Bill Nelson established a tradition of winning and excellence at Johns Hopkins and I am honored to inherit the program he has built. The commitment to winning at Johns Hopkins is unquestioned and I am looking forward to contributing to one of the most successful athletic programs in the nation.”

Sources tell Hoopsville that the other finalists for the post with Division III connections included Skidmore head coach Joe Burke, Medaille head coach (and Johns Hopkins graduate) Mike Blaine, and Southern Vermont coach Dan Englestad.