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Joe Loughran

Men’s Basketball Head Coach


Entering his 17th season at the Scarlet Raider helm, Joe Loughran has turned Rutgers-Newark into a perennial post-season contender while pushing the program to unprecedented heights.


Before his arrival in the Brick City, Rutgers-Newark had never gone to an NCAA Championship Tournament. Now the Scarlet Raiders have been in the Big Dance twice (2009-10 and 2012-13).


Last season, Loughran eclipsed the 250-win plateau while his overall career mark stands at 251-187 (.573 winning percentage). He has guided Rutgers-Newark to a remarkable 12 winning campaigns, 10 NJAC Championship Tournament berths (including two championship game appearance in 2009 and 2013), nine Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Metro Championship Tournament appearances (2011 runners-up), and two NCAA Championship Tournament trips (2010, 2013).


His career record is by far the best in Rutgers-Newark’s NCAA Division III history and the Raiders’ success in the NJAC under his guidance, including a stretch of eight consecutive winning seasons in conference play from 2008-2016, is unprecedented.






Kurt Villani

Assistant Coach


In his second stint as a Rutgers-Newark assistant coach, Kurt Villani latched onto a slot on Joe Loughran’s staff after just one season as an assistant varsity coach and freshman head coach at Belleville High School.


He has helped serve on the staff for each of the Scarlet Raiders’ trips to the NCAA Championship Tournament.







Kevin Grek

Graduate Assistant Coach


Kevin Grek is in his first season as the graduate assistant coach with Rutgers University-Newark men’s basketball program. Grek will assist in all aspects of the program effective immediately.


“We are lucky to bring Kevin on board here at Rutgers-Newark,” said Loughran. “He was a really good player in our conference for four years, he knows the NJAC well and he is going to be a great asset for our program and its student-athletes.”


Grek is very familiar with the Scarlet Raiders and the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) as a 2017 graduate of Kean University. He was a member of the Cougars’ men’s basketball program for four seasons and played in 80 contests.
During his senior campaign, Grek started in 22 of his 25 appearances and averaged a career-best 7.9 points per game. He also served as a representative for all four years on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was a team captain for two seasons.




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