Cummings, Farmer, Matthews, Prange Comprise Top Recruiting Class in A-10
Bill Ferrara joined the Colonials' staff as an assistant coach in June 2013 after spending the last 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 Coach Tsipis. "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 will include working with the post players, as well as recruiting, player development, strength and conditioning and on-floor coaching.
"I'm so excited for the opportunity to work with Coach Tsipis, Coach Duffy, Coach Richardson and the rest of the staff to help bring GW back to the top of the Atlantic 10," said Coach Ferrara. "This is a great opportunity for me and my family to move to D.C. and work at such a prestigious university as GW. I can't wait to work with the players on the court and compete day in and day out with them. I'm originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., and I'm very excited to potentially play for an A-10 Championship in my hometown one day. That would be a dream come true."
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 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 one-year-old daughter, Callie.