Who is Tyler Gaffaney?

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 list of 10 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. Sometimes I’m wrong. Shocking, right? That someone on the internet might admit that they’re wrong? I’m constantly learning, updating my ideas, and finding new research. The side effect of always learning is that I sometimes find something that contradicts what I’ve said in the past. I love when that happens because it means I'm growing. 

  5. I consider my desire to absorb information to be the number 1 reason for my success. When my coaches spoke, I listened. When they told me I needed to be disciplined in my workouts, I started writing down training plans. When they told me I needed to get physically stronger, I hit the weight room and added 15 lbs of muscle. When they told me I needed to be louder on the court, I yelled until I lost my voice.

  6. 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.").

  7. There’s nothing better than going down basketball YouTube rabbit hole. I’m the guy 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 (those YouTube suggestions are scary, it’s like they’re reading my mind).

  8. I prefer to listen rather than talk. This may seem strange because I’m writing a blog for anyone to read, but it’s true. It’s a challenge for me to continuously share my thoughts because my instinct is to reflect upon and analyze ideas rather than share them publicly.
  9. 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

  10. Speaking of podcasts, I absolutely love them. Some of my favorites: Finding Mastery: Conversations with Michael Gervais, Revisionist History, Hardwood Hustle, Breakaway, Coaching U Podcast, 1-3-20 Podcast, The Knowledge Project, The Talent Equation, Way of Champions, , Freakonomics Radio, The Lowe Post, Hidden Brain, Invisibilia. 

  11. I love the outdoors. Recently I’ve grown to love being in nature, exploring new trails and simply being outside. It’s refreshing. I spend a lot of time in gyms and weight rooms, so it’s nice to get outside.

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

Professional Accomplishments

  • 2017-18: Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Wesleyan University
    • Winningest season in program history (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)