New Haven, Conn. - November 25th -- Jim Ferraro, a former women's basketball coach here at Albertus Magnus College, has been inducted into the New Haven Tap-off Club Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place on Wednesday, November 13th at Amarante's Sea Cliff in New Haven.
Ferraro began his coaching career in 1985, helming the women's basketball team at North Haven High School. While at North Haven High, he won two championships, in 1989 and 1990, and had an overall mark of 91-35. He transitioned to collegiate coaching at Albertus Magnus College in 1990, beginning the first of 14 seasons as a college coach, first at Albertus Magnus, then later at the University of Bridgeport. During his nine years at Albertus Magnus College, Ferraro won two Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) titles and a Great Northeast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Award in 1995.
Ferraro piloted the Lady Falcons basketball squad as head coach for nine seasons, emerging as the program's all-time winningest coach. Over his coaching tenure, Ferraro amassed 147 wins to only 78 losses, for a career winning percentage of .653. He also turned the Albertus women's basketball team into a conference power, going 38-12 in GNAC conference play for a .760 winning percentage.
Over Ferraro's nine years at the helm, he coached six one-thousand point scorers and appeared in numerous title games and championships. In 1994-95, he led the Albertus women's basketball team to a New England Women's Athletic Conference (NEWAC) championship and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) finals. His team went 25-3 that year, with an 8-0 conference mark. Ferraro was inducted into the Albertus Magnus College Athletic Hall of Fame on September 26th, 2009.
Upon leaving Albertus Magnus College, Ferraro coached high school basketball at Cheshire High School and guided the girls' basketball team to their first-ever league championship in 2006.
Ferraro currently works as an appraiser at his company Ferraro Appraisal Services, in addition to continuing his coaching career, as a baseball coach at Lyman Hall and a basketball coach at Wilcox Tech.