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Bill Ferrara joined the Colonials' staff as an assistant coach in June 2013 after spending the previous three seasons on the sidelines at Hofstra University.
"With Bill we hired one of the most up-and-coming young assistants who has experience with some of the top basketball minds in the nation," said Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis at the time of Coach Ferrara's hiring. "He has worked in the Midwest, the Southeast and the New York-metro area, and established himself as a tireless recruiter. I think he is a great fit with Coach Duffy and Coach Richardson and for our players, and he's very excited to get GW back to postseason success."
Ferrara's primary responsibilities with the Colonials include working with the post players, as well as recruiting, player development, strength and conditioning and on-floor coaching.
In his first season at GW in 2013-14, the Colonials posted their most wins (23) since 2008, tied for second in the Atlantic 10 standings and advanced to the A-10 semifinals and the third round of the WNIT, earning the program's first postseason victories since the 2008 campaign. Two of Coach Ferrara's charges - forwards Jonquel Jones (2nd Team) and Caira Washington (3rd Team) - earned All-Conference honors, and Washington was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year.
The following season, Coach Ferrara was on the sidelines as the Colonials set a program record for wins (29), won the A-10 regular-season and tournament titles and earned their first berth in the NCAA Tournament since 2008. He was responsible for building the game plan against most of GW's top opponents, including all three wins over eventual Elite Eight participant Dayton, as the Colonials won 19 straight games en route to a 29-4 overall record and 15-1 mark in the A-10. In addition, all three of GW's all-conference honorees were Coach Ferrara's post players, including Jones, the A-10 Player and Defensive Player of the Year, as well as Washington, a first-team selection, and Kelli Prange, an all-rookie team pick. Jones, a midseason candidate for the Naismith Trophy, would also later become GW's first AP All-America honorable mention since 2008.
Coach Ferrara served as recruiting coordinator at Hofstra, assembling the sixth-best recruiting class among mid-majors in 2012 according to ESPN Hoopgurlz and the 50th-ranked class in the nation by All-Star Girls Report.
Coach Ferrara also oversaw Hofstra's offense, as the Pride increased its scoring average from 62.2 points per game before his arrival to 75.0 ppg in 2010-11 and 2011-12, leading the Colonial Athletic Association and ranking in the top 20 in the nation both seasons. Hofstra posted a 52-41 record during his three years and earned a postseason WNIT bid in 2012.
Prior to Hofstra, Coach Ferrara spent three seasons on the sidelines at Central Michigan University where he guided another offensive turnaround as the Chippewas increased their scoring average by 12.0 ppg from 2007-08 to 2008-09, his first season in charge of the offense. That season, CMU ranked fourth in the nation in scoring, averaging 78.3 ppg, and was eighth in the country with eight three-pointers per contest. The following year, the Chippewas again ranked among the nation's best in both scoring and three-pointers.
Coach Ferrara worked with Central Michigan's perimeter players, coaching his charges to All-Mid American Conference honors each season. In addition, guard Angel Chan was invited to participate in the 2009 State Farm College Three-Point Championship after setting the school record with 92 three-pointers made.
Coach Ferrara also led the recruiting efforts at CMU, signing a top-50 class in 2011 according to All-Star Girls Report, including ESPN Hoopgurlz' 15th-ranked player in Crystal Bradford.
Coach Ferrara had a hand in many other areas of the CMU women's basketball program, serving as the team's marketing coordinator when the Chippewas won the NCAA Pack the House Challenge in both 2009 and 2010 and managing the team's social networking presence on Twitter and Facebook.
Coach Ferrara spent three seasons as the video coordinator at the University of Florida (2003-06) and one in a similar position at Auburn University (2006-07) before moving on to Central Michigan, and he has also worked for the WNBA's Washington Mystics and the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Coach Ferrara earned his bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Florida in 2003 and his master's degree in sport management from Florida in 2005.
Ferrara and his wife, Courtney, have a two-year-old daughter, Callie.
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