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Bill Raftery Biography
Bill Raftery was born April 19, 1943 and is an American basketball analyst and play-by-play announcer and former college basketball coach.
From 1970 to 1982, he was the head coach of Seton Hall University where he had a 154141 win-loss record and led the Pirates 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 (who immediately succeeded Raftery as head coach), and Frank Hill. Prior to his job at Seton Hall, he was at Fairleigh Dickinson University where he coached basketball (leading the team to an NIT berth) and golf, and also served as Associate Athletic Director. In 1989, he was named Coach of the Year by the New Jersey Writers Association.
He has served as an analyst and play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports' college basketball coverage for over 23 years. During CBS' play-by-play coverage of March Madness, Raftery is frequently partnered with Verne Lundquist. Raftery is also an analyst with ESPN, primarily partnered with Sean McDonough and Jay Bilas on Big East action; he also serves an analyst for CBS Radio/Westwood One's coverage of the NCAA Men's Final Four along with Kevin Harlan and John Thompson. Raftery has also served as an analyst for the New Jersey Nets and served as an on-course commentator for Senior PGA Tour events. Among the notable games he has covered includes George Mason's run in 2006 and the six overtime game between Syracuse/UConn in 2009.
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