|Born||April 19, 1943|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
New Jersey Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year (1979)
Bill Raftery (born April 19, 1943) is an American basketball analyst and college basketball coach.
Raftery was, for more than 35 years, the alltime leading scorer in Hudson County high school basketball history until being surpassed by Puerto Rican basketball star Rick Apodaca and was awarded New Jersey high school All-State selections not just in basketball, but also in soccer and baseball at St. Cecilia High School in Kearny, New Jersey. He has been named, retroactively, Mr. Basketball USA for 1959.
Raftery played at La Salle University under coach Donald "Dudey" Moore. During his freshman year he scored a freshman record 370 points, followed by a team leading 17.8 points per game in his sophomore year. As a senior he co-captained the Explorers to the National Invitation Tournament. 
From 1970 to 1981, he was the head coach of Seton Hall University where he had a 154–141 win-loss record and led the Pirates to four ECAC post-season tournaments and two National Invitational Tournament appearances. His 154 wins as a coach places him fourth on the all-time list at Seton Hall behind Honey Russell, P.J. Carlesimo, and Frank Hill. Prior to his job at Seton Hall, he was at Fairleigh Dickinson University at Florham Park where he coached basketball and golf, and also served as Associate Athletic Director. In 1979, he was named Coach of the Year by the New Jersey Sports Writers Association.
He has served as an analyst and play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports' college basketball coverage for over 23 years. During CBS' play-by-play coverage of March Madness, Raftery is frequently partnered with Verne Lundquist. His trademark quotes are "Onions!" (whenever a shot is made late in a close game), "Send it in Big Fella!" (whenever a post player makes a slam dunk), "A little lingerie on the deck!" (whenever a player makes a nifty move with the ball). He is especially remembered for "Send it in, Jerome!", his call immediately after Jerome Lane of Pitt shattered the backboard with a dunk during a 1988 game. Raftery was also an analyst with ESPN, primarily partnered with Sean McDonough and Jay Bilas and formerly Mike Gorman on Big East action; he also serves as an analyst for CBS Radio/Westwood One's coverage of the NCAA Men's Final Four along with Kevin Kugler and John Thompson. Raftery has also served as an analyst for the New Jersey Nets and served as an on-course commentator for Champions Tour events. On June 27, 2013, Raftery signed with Fox to call Big East basketball games on the upstart network Fox Sports1 with Gus Johnson.
Raftery is an Irish-Catholic whose parents came from Ireland. His sister is a nun. Raftery earned a bachelor's degree in history from La Salle University and a master's degree in education from Seton Hall University. In 2001, he received an honorary doctorate from La Salle. Aside from his ESPN and CBS commentating duties, Raftery is the president of W.J. Raftery Associates, an event/marketing firm. He lives in Florham Park, New Jersey with his wife, Joan and has four children and four grandchildren.
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- Richard Sandomir (March 25, 2009). "Crisp Analysis With a Big Helping of Onions". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-03-26.