After a standout collegiate and professional career overseas,
Jeff Massey is now in his 10th season in the coaching ranks
and seventh at St. Bonaventure entering the 2013-14 campaign.
Massey joined the Bonnies’ staff in April of 2007 when head
coach Mark Schmidt arrived and has been part of the turnaround of
the tradition-rich program.
Massey is involved in all facets of the program. He deals directly with the development of the guards, academic progress, scouting of opponents, assisting with on-court practices and St. Bonaventure’s national and international recruiting efforts.
Massey’s prowess on the recruiting trails paid off in a
big way when he helped land eventual 2012 Atlantic 10 Player
of the Year and AP Honorable Mentiona All-American Andrew
Nicholson. The 6-foot-9 Nicholson, who ended his career ranked
second in school history in scoring (2,103 points) and fourth in
rebounds (887), was selected by the Orlando Magic in the First
Round (No. 19 overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft.
With Massey's assistance, St. Bonaventure has become a consistent winner in the Atlantic 10. The team improved its conference win total in five straight seasons, starting in 2007-08 and culminating in the magical 2011-12 campaign. The Bonnies went 20-12 (10-6 Atlantic 10) and captured victories over Saint Joseph’s, Massachusetts and Xavier to win the Atlantic 10 Championship crown and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in program history.
In 2010-11, the Bonnies' 8-8 mark put them in sole posession of seventh place and brought a home A-10 Championship contest to the Reilly Center for the second year in a row. SBU also earned a berth in the CBI, the schools' first postseason tournament appearance since the Bonnies made the NIT in 2001-02.
St. Bonaventure's guards have thrived under Massey's tutelage. Over his two seasons with the program Chris Matthews (2008-10) made 182 3-pointers, including a school-record 101 as a senior in 2009-10. Jonathan Hall helped Matthews to get open looks and became the second player in SBU history to lead the team in scoring, rebounding and assists in the same season. In 2007-08, seniors Zarryon Fereti and Tyler Relph posted career-highs in every statistical category, while Relph finished as the NCAA leader in free throw percentage. Fereti’s big season resulted in a professional contract in the top division in Germany.
Prior to coming to St. Bonaventure, Massey spent two seasons working with Schmidt at Robert Morris, where he helped the Colonials to records of 15-14 and 17-11.
Robert Morris also won 19 Northeast Conference games over those two seasons, finishing fifth in 2006 and fourth in 2007. Massey was responsible for coaching the perimeter players as well as assisting in recruiting. Massey’s teachings paid off for RMU senior guard Tony Lee in 2007-08 as he was named the NEC Player of the Year.
In the 2004-05 campaign, Massey was director of basketball operations at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio. In addition to his work within the basketball program, he also was part of student enrichment and athletics, an organization that assisted student-athletes in academic advising, class scheduling and tutoring.
A 1995 Xavier graduate with a degree in liberal arts, Massey was a two-year letterwinner for the Musketeers. He was named the Midwestern Collegiate Conference Newcomer of the Year in 1993-94, when he averaged 12.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game and helped guide Xavier to the third round of the NIT. In his senior season, Massey served as team captain and led the Musketeers in scoring (18.9 ppg), steals, free throw percentage and blocked shots as Xavier advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to Xavier, Massey played two seasons at Owens Community College, where he finished as the program's all-time leading scorer with 1,894 points, a total that also ranks ninth all-time in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) record books. Massey is one of two NJCAA players in history to be named the national player of the year twice (1992, 1993) and was also a two-time most valuable player of the NJCAA national tournament. Owens Community College honored him by retiring his No. 30 jersey, the first in school history, in 1997.
After his collegiate career, Massey spent four seasons playing professionally for teams in France and Poland.
A native of Elkhart, Ind., Massey also holds a master's degree in counseling from Xavier. He and his wife, Jonelle, have two young daughters: Aubrey and Kayla.