Tyler Gaffaney enters his third season on the Wesleyan coaching staff in 2019-20.
In his first year with the Cardinals, Gaffaney helped guide the team to their best season in program history as Wesleyan posted a 22-7 overall record and 7-3 NESCAC mark. The 22 wins are the most in program history, as the Cardinals received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year. Wesleyan earned hosting duties for the first time ever and won its first postseason game in school history with a 101-71 first round victory over Southern Vermont.
Before arriving in Middletown, Gaffaney played professional basketball for two years in Spain. In his rookie season, in Zaragoza, he led the Liga Leb Plata in three-point field goal percentage (48.4%). His second season was played in Moron de La Frontera. For his career, he averaged 12 points per game while shooting 50% on two-point field goals and 42% from three-point range.
Prior to playing professionally, Gaffaney attended Claremont McKenna College where he earned a dual undergraduate degree in psychology and economics and an MBA from Claremont Graduate University. He played in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). He was named First Team All-Conference three times and won two conference Player of the Year Awards. He was All-Western District twice, Western District Player of the Year once and All-American once. He earned SCIAC and Western District All-Academic Team honors twice, and was an Academic All-American once. In his final season, he ranked 10th in the nation in points per game (22.5) and fourth in total points (652). Gaffaney was a four-year starter, whose teams won four SCIAC regular season titles and two SCIAC tournament titles. The Stags posted an 83-26 record during his four years.