Ex-Holy Cross coach hired at Lesley, then Framingham

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Bill Raynor photo, from LinkedIn Bill Raynor has been a head coach at Holy Cross, and has been a successful junior college coach.

One thing he hasn't been, we're guessing, is the head coach of two schools at once, but that's where Raynor is right now, technically. He was hired as head coach at Lesley University earlier this offseason, then announced as head men's basketball coach at Framingham State on Oct. 2.

"We are excited to have someone with the knowledge and experience of Bill leading our men's basketball program," said Kelley. "Bill has a track record of success and over 30 years of coaching under his belt at the collegiate and junior college level."

Raynor is still listed as head coach of Lesley. Calls to the Lesley athletic department have not been returned. Division III basketball programs were permitted to start practice on Oct. 15.

Lesley's previous men's basketball coach, Chris Giordano, announced his own resignation on Twitter back in April. The Lynx had hit a high-water mark with 29 wins over the past two seasons.

Raynor takes over the Framingham State men's basketball program after spending 12 seasons as the head coach at nearby MassBay Community College. While at MassBay, Raynor led the Buccaneers to the NJCAA New England Region XXI Championship in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2017 and was named the National District XIII Coach of the Year (NJCAA) after each of those titles. Raynor oversaw all aspects of the men's basketball program including monitoring the academic progress of student-athletes, practice planning and recruiting.

Framingham was 6-20 this past season under Peter Mugar. The head coach for four seasons, Mugar compiled a 25-78 mark with the Rams.

Raynor's collegiate coaching experience also includes a stint at Holy Cross between 1994-1999 where he served as both the head coach and as an assistant coach. Raynor was also an assistant coach at Brown and Harvard. He has a 54-83 record as an NCAA head men's basketball coach.

Raynor has received several awards during his coaching career including being inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007 and being inducted into the Brown University Hall of Fame in 2009. Raynor received the Spirit of MassBay Award in 2011 and was the commencement speaker at MassBay's graduation in 2015.

Raynor holds a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth and earned his master's degree in counseling from Antioch College.