Bill Courtney is serving in his second season as an assistant coach at the University of Miami. This marks Courtney’s second tenure on Jim Larrañaga’s coaching staff, as he worked under Larrañaga as an assistant from 1996-2005 at Bowling Green and George Mason.
Courtney has over 20 years of college coaching experience, both as an assistant and a head coach. Before coming to Coral Gables, Fla., Courtney most recently worked for two years as an assistant coach at DePaul. Under Larrañaga at George Mason, Courtney was largely credited with recruiting the core of players that helped the Patriots to the 2006 NCAA Final Four. He spent eight seasons as an assistant and associate head coach (1997-2005) at George Mason, aiding the program to a pair of regular-season CAA titles and four postseason bids, including trips to the NCAA tournament in 1999 and 2001.
Courtney was head coach at Cornell from 2010-16 after working as an assistant coach from 1995-2010. He was an assistant coach at Virginia from 2006-09 and was part of the Cavaliers’ squad that won the 2007 ACC regular-season championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Courtney has been a part of four conference championship teams.
Courtney has racked up nine postseason appearances including three NCAA Tournaments, four NITs and two CBI appearances. He has served as an assistant at American (1995-96), Bowling Green (1996-97), George Mason (1997-2005), Providence (2005-06), Virginia (2006-09), Virginia Tech (2009-10) and DePaul (2017-19).
Courtney played professionally for the Philadelphia Spirit of the United States Basketball League (USBL) and for the Milwaukee Bucks’ NBA Summer League team in 1992. He then spent two years playing professional basketball in Hong Kong. He earned the league’s most valuable player award and collected the 1993 Asian All-Star Game MVP Award. Courtney also played in the Philippines for one season.
Courtney earned first-team All-Patriot League accolades during his junior and senior seasons, serving as team captain both years. He set the school’s single-season scoring record of 619 points as a junior and graduated with 1,499 points, a mark that still ranks among the top 10 all-time at the school.
A native of Alexandria, Va., Courtney earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Bucknell in 1992 and was named to the Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.
Courtney and his wife, Gina, have two sons, Billy and Derek.