Jeff House, a former WNBA assistant coach, has joined Matthew Mitchell's staff at Kentucky.
A 27-year coaching veteran, House spent 10 years in the professional ranks, including the last two with the Chicago Sky. He has coached 19 WNBA All-Stars.
“I am excited that Jeff House is joining our staff at Kentucky,” Mitchell said in a statement released by UK. “He and I share a vision for this program that is based on the principles of honesty, hard work and discipline.
"His years of experience at the highest levels of professional and college basketball will benefit the growth of our program greatly. I am thrilled that Jeff is a Kentucky Wildcat.”
After seven seasons with the New York Liberty and one year as the top assistant coach with the Washington Mystics, House joined the college ranks serving as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at Virginia under Debbie Ryan from 2005-2009. As the program’s recruiting coordinator his recruiting classes were No. 10 (2008), No. 3 (2009) and No. 14 (2010) nationally by multiple national services, including Blue Star Report, All-Star Girl’s Report and Collegiate Girl’s Basketball Report.
House recruited and helped develop Monica Wright, who was chosen by the Minnesota Lynx as the second overall pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft. He also played a role in recruiting 2009 WNBA draft picks Aisha Mohammed (Minnesota) and Lyndra Littles (Connecticut) and 2008 draft pick Sharnee Zoll (Los Angeles Sparks).
With the New York Liberty, House was instrumental in the team’s 1999, 2000 and 2002 WNBA Eastern Conference Championship titles. Under his tutelage the Liberty made four appearances in the Eastern Conference Championship series, three appearances in the WNBA Finals and he coached in three WNBA All-Star games.
“Being in the WNBA I was able to see what Coach Mitchell has done for Kentucky,” House said. “I came to practice here a few years ago to evaluate Victoria Dunlap and other players, and to see him take this program from where it was to now have it knocking on the door of being a national champion is really, really special. For me and my family to now be a small part of it is even more special.”
House played basketball at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., before suffering a career-ending injury. He immediately jumped into the coaching realm, beginning his career at McQuaid Jesuit High School also in Rochester while he was an undergraduate. At McQuaid, he served as an assistant to former Knicks and Houston Rockets head coach Jeff Van Gundy in 1985. In 1986, House was a key component to McQuaid's run to the Class B, Section 5 New York State Championship.
COACHING & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
2010-13 Chicago Sky, assistant coach
2009-13 Virginia Basketball Academy, Assistant Director
2009 Fast Model Technologies, consultant
2005-09 University of Virginia, assistant coach, women’s basketball
2005 NBA-TV, basketball analyst/2005 WNBA playoffs
2005 Washington Mystics, assistant coach
2005 NBA-TV, basketball analyst/Game of the Week in the NBDL
2004 NBA-TV, basketball analyst/WNBA 2004 playoffs
1999-04 New York Liberty, assistant coach
1998 New York Liberty, video coordinator & advance scout
1997-98 New York Knicks, video operations assistant
1996 HOOP Headquarters, President & On-Court Director
1995 People-To-People Sports All-Star Tour, Holland, head coach
1992-96 Rutgers University, assistant coach, men’s basketball
1991-92 Jacksonville University, assistant coach, men’s basketball
1988-91 University of Lowell, assistant coach, men’s basketball
1987-88 Elmira College, assistant coach, men’s basketball
1985-87 McQuaid Jesuit HS (N.Y.), assistant coach, boy’s basketball