Coaching Staff

 

Pat Rafferty - Head Coach

Coach Pat RaffertyHead coach Pat Rafferty has worked at every level of basketball and brings experience as a former scout, assistant and head coach at different levels of the game.


A native of Buffalo, Wyo., Rafferty began his coaching career in 1981 as an assistant at his alma mater, Eastern Montana (now Montana State University – Billings). He served as interim head coach that year following the mid-season death of the Eastern Montana head coach, guiding the Yellow Jackets to a 20-9 final record, the NCAA Division II Western Regional finals, and a No. 17 national ranking.


After two additional years returning to an assistant's role at Eastern Montana, Rafferty spent two seasons as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Northern Arizona. Following a year as assistant head coach at Idaho, he became head coach at Casper College, where he compiled a 47-23 mark in two seasons. His 1987-88 team posted a 30-8 record, won the Wyoming Junior College Athletic Conference Championship, sub-regional and regional titles, and finished sixth in the NJCAA National Championship in Hutchinson, Kansas. He earned Region IX Coach of the Year honors that season.


Rafferty's experience includes coaching as an assistant at the University of Louisville, Northern Arizona, University of Idaho, and Drake University.


In addition to Casper College, Rafferty was the head coach at Grayson College, Midland College and holds an overall record of 291-196.


Rafferty also spent two seasons as a scout for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA.

 

 

Chris Foss - Assistant Coach

Assistant coach Chris Foss comes to Central Wyoming from Portland, Or., where he gained  his reputation as an up-and-coming coach at the high school and AAU level.
 
A Portland, Or., native, Foss began his coaching career at his alma mater Southridge High School where he worked for four years as a varsity assistant (2009-12), guiding the program to back-to-back playoff appearances in 2011 and 2012. 
 
Foss then took a job at Grant High School as varsity assistant and JV head coach. In his two seasons at Grant (2012-14), the Generals compiled a record of 34-18 and in 2013 helped guide the storied program to the state tournament for the first time in five years. In his two years, Foss helped seven student-athletes move on to play college basketball, including current Rustlers Bryce Canda and Deiondre Bird.
 
Over the last two years, Foss also coached with the Portland-based I-5 Elite AAU program. In his time coaching at the 17U level, they compiled a record of 47-9 and helped every graduating senior from the program receive an athletic scholarship to a two or four-year college.
 
Foss has also worked at camps and clinics across the west coast, including at Cal-Berkeley, Gonzaga University, Stanford University, University of Portland and University of Washington.
 

Foss graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Journalism.

 

 

 
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