Billy Battaglia enters his third season on the Wesleyan coaching staff in 2018-19.
In his second year with the Cardinals, Battaglia helped lead a team that posted a 22-7 overall record and 7-3 NESCAC mark. Wesleyan returned to the national polls and were ranked in the D3Hoops.com Top 25 Poll for the majority of the season, climbing as high as No. 12 nationally. Wesleyan advanced to the finals of the NESCAC Tournament and earned their second consecutive at-large bid to the NCAA Championships and third appearance in the past four years. Additionally, the Cardinals claimed their third consecutive Little Three title and second outright. The program also hosted a northeast regional pod in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history and defeated Southern Vermont, 101-71, in the opening round.
During his first year in Middletown, Battaglia helped guide the team to one of their best seasons in program history as well, as Wesleyan earned its first-ever at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinals finished with a 19-7 overall record and 6-4 mark in the NESCAC. The 19 wins are tied for the second most in program history.
Prior to joining the Cardinals, Battaglia was a captain and four-year letter winner for the men’s basketball program at Wheaton College of the NEWMAC. Battaglia was an all-league selection his junior year and averaged 19.7 points per game his senior season. With 1,281 career points (14.1 career PPG), he ranks sixth all-time on the Wheaton scoring list. Battaglia also finished his career as the program’s all-time leader in career free throw percentage (.831), sixth in three-point field goals made (153), and eighth in free throws made (280).
An American History major, Battaglia was named the Dean Sue Alexander Senior Male Athlete of the Year in 2016 and was the recipient of the 2016 Caroline Cutler Metcalf Leadership Award, which recognized his involvement and leadership off the court amongst the Wheaton College community.
A Simsbury, Conn. native and graduate of Northwest Catholic, Battaglia was senior captain of the 2011 team that went 25-2 and reached the Connecticut Class L State Final. Battaglia attended The Taft School in Watertown, Conn. as a post-graduate in 2012 before attending Wheaton.