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Duffy Conroy heads into his 10th season as an assistant coach under Rob Jeter at Milwaukee. Involved in all aspects of the Panther program, Conroy, who is also in his second stint at UWM, also serves as the scheduling coordinator.
"Duffy was one of my first recruits and I always respected his work ethic as a student-athlete," Jeter said. "He does a great job of relating to the players and the experience he gained as both a high school head coach and athletics director is invaluable. He has worked hard to earn this opportunity, starting as a video coordinator, moving to basketball operations and getting a chance to be an assistant coach."
During his current stint at Milwaukee, Conroy has helped the Panthers to four postseason appearances, including NCAA Tournament berths in 2006 and 2014. During his tenure, he has helped develop nine All-Horizon League players, two of whom were first-team selections, and six members of the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team.
In 2005-06, the Panthers posted a 22-9 overall record and collected a NCAA Tournament victory over Oklahoma before falling to eventual national champion Florida in the second round. Milwaukee also earned a National Invitation Tournament bid in 2011 and followed that up with a College Basketball Invitational berth in 2012. A year ago, Conroy helped a team that was picked to finish last in the Horizon League win 21 games and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament thanks to a memorable run in the Horizon League Championship. The Panthers, who won four games in eight days, trailed for only 9:29 of the 165 minutes it played in the Horizon League Championship. Milwaukee's 13-win increase from the previous season was the best year-to-year improvement in the country in 2014.
He began his coaching career at Milwaukee as an administrative assistant for Bo Ryan during the 2000-01 season and moved to Madison, where he served as the video coordinator for two years under Ryan. Following his brief stint with the Badger program, Conroy took over head coaching and athletics director duties at his alma mater, Assumption High School, for the 2003-04 school year before returning to Madison for the 2004-05 campaign.
During his second stint at Wisconsin, Conroy coordinated the day-to-day operational aspects of the program, including travel and budgetary matters. In both of his stays in Madison, Conroy played a role in the success of the Wisconsin program, which claimed back-to-back Big Ten Conference regular-season titles for the first time in school history and advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2003.
After one year away from Wisconsin program, Conroy was on the staff in 2004-05 when the Badgers made a run to the Elite Eight. In all, Wisconsin won 68 games in the three seasons Conroy spent working for the program.
Conroy had a successful playing career at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. A two-time all-conference performer as well as a team captain, Conroy led St. Ambrose to three appearances in the NAIA Tournament. As a junior, he helped the Fighting Bees to a 20-win season, then led the squad to 26 victories one year later, when he averaged over 10 points, five rebounds and four assists per game en route to honorable mention All-America honors. He finished his career with 1,062 points and 408 assists.
Born in Naperville, Ill., Conroy was an all-state football and basketball player at Davenport Assumption High School in Davenport, Iowa. He comes from a basketball family, which also includes his brother Ed, who is the head coach at Tulane University.
Conroy and his wife, Nikki, have four children.