Quick Facts of Bill Raftery
- Full NameBill Raftery
- Date of Birth19 April, 1943
- Marital Status Maarried
- BirthplaceNew Jersey, U.S.
- Ethnicity White American
- Religion Christianity
- Nationality American
- Active Year1963
- Hair colour White
- SpouseJoan Raftery
- EducationSeton Hall University, La Salle University
- Online PresenceTwitter
- Horoscope Aries
- Net Worth$2 million
Short description of Bill Raftery
Bill Raftery is an American basketball analyst and a former basketball player. He is also a former basketball coach who currently works as a color commentator.
Early Life and Education
Bill Raftery was born on April 19, 1943, in New Jersey, U.S. As far as his ethnicity is concerned he belongs to White American and holds the American nationality.
The proficient player joined Saint Cecilia High School which is located in New Jersey and played basketball which helped him to earn state honor in the field of basketball. When he was at his high school he led his team to the state championship during the senior season and named it Mr. Basketball during 1959.
Some years later he attended La Salle University and played under Donald Moore, a famous basketball coach. He was selected in the 14th round of the NBA draft and further pursued his career in the field of sports and followed the team from his University.
The artistic player started his career at the Fairleigh Dickinson University as a basketball coach and worked as an athletic director and coached golf. Further, he worked as the head coach of the Seton Hall University. He was named the Coach of the year by the New Jersey Sports Writers Association in 1979.
Moreover, he served as an analyst for the New Jersey Nets. He was also a course commentator for the PGA Tour Champions.
Bill was engaged with the National Sportscaster and Sportswriter Association’s Hall of Fame and has served as an analyst and play by play announcer for the CBS Sports College Basketball coverage for about thirty-three years. Along with other famous players, Sean McDonough and Jay Bilas he worked as an analyst for the ESPN.
Along with the former basketball player, Jay Bilas he was involved in broadcasting games. He was also the president of the W.J. Raftery associates, a popular marketing firm.
The promising player, Bill Raftery who is also known as William Joseph Raftery grew up with Irish immigrant parents in an Irish Catholic family. He received a B.A. ion history and M.A.E in the field of education. He has a nun sister and gained an honorary doctorate from the La Salle University.
Recently he resides in New Jersey along with his wife as he was married to Joan. The couple was blessed with four children together. He has four grandchildren. His son narrates and produces a documentary named a Kiss about his father, Bill’s life in basketball.
Bill is living a luxurious life with his four children and wife. As he was the coach of his college for about sixteen years he is popular for his unique Trademark Phrases. His net worth is estimated around $2 million.