Who is Tyler Gaffaney?

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Am I secretly a world famous hand model? 
Do I know pi to 1,000 places? 
Can I fold a fitted sheet? 

Sadly, the answer to all the above is no. But, here’s a few things about me that are actually true. 

The brainchild of my basketball nerdity

The brainchild of my basketball nerdity

  1. I’m an assistant men's basketball coach at Wesleyan University.

  2. I played professional basketball in Spain for two years (El Olivar in 2015-16 and CB Morón in 2016-17).

  3. In my spare time I'm an ultra-marathon runner. I love to run on trails and my longest race to date has been 70k (43.5 miles).

  4. Since my senior year in high school, I kept a purple binder stuffed to the gills of notes, drills, exercises, out of bounds plays, or any random basketball thoughts that jumped into my mind. (I’ve since gone digital, transferring them to a file on my computer I’ve entitled the “HoopGains Bible.").

  5. There’s nothing better than going down basketball YouTube rabbit hole. I’m definitely the type of person that will decide to watch a quick compilation of Brad Stevens baseline out of bounds plays as I eat lunch. 6 videos and 2 hours later,  I've ended up watching a coaching clinic on how to teach post moves, Steve Nash passing highlights and a roundtable discussion on motor learning.

  6. I’m a closet nerd and I love to read. My favorite types of books fall into a few categories, behavioral economics/psychology, fantasy, basketball, and personal development. A few of my favorites: The Inner Game of Tennis, The Art of Learning, The Talent Code, The Little Book of Talent, The Obstacle is the Way, Man's Search for Meaning, The Kingkiller Chronicles, Ender's Game, Coaching Better Every Season, InsideOut Coaching, Elite Minds, Burn Your Goals

  7. I’m a big podcast fan. Some of my favorites: Finding Mastery: Conversations with Michael Gervais, The Basketball Podcast, Solving Basketball, The Knowledge Project, Learner Lab, Rationally Speaking, The Talent Equation, Freakonomics Radio, The Lowe Post, Hidden Brain, Invisibilia. 

  8. I love the outdoors. I spend a lot of time in gyms and weight rooms, so it’s nice to find a trail, go hiking, camping or just get outside.

  9. Bonus! Top 5 favorite movies: Anchorman, Gladiator, Tropic Thunder, Remember the Titans, Blood Diamond.

Professional Accomplishments

  • 2017-19: Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Wesleyan University

    • Winningest season in program history (2017-18 season: 22-7)

    • NESCAC Runner-up

    • NCAA Tournament bid

  • 2016-17 (CB Morón)

    • per game stats: 12 pts, 3 reb, 2ast

  • 2015-2016 (El Olivar)

    • 2nd team all Leb Silver

    • Led the league in 3 pt field goal % (48.4)

    • Per game stats: 12 pts, 3.6 reb, 2.7 ast, 12.6 valoration


Collegiate Accomplishments

  • 2014-2015

    • 2nd Team All-American

    • Academic All-American

    • All-Western Region POY

    • Scored 1,500th career point

    • SCIAC Player of the Year

    • 22.9 ppg, 54.3% FG, 45.9% 3FG, 84.3 FT%, 6.4 RPG, 3.8 APG

  • 2013-2014

    • SCIAC Player of the Year

    • 1st team all-Western Region

    • Academic all-District Team

  • 2012-2013

    • Medical Redshirt (Torn Patellar Tendon)

  • 2011-2012

    • 1st team all Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC)