Coach Bio

Jeff House
College - Nazareth College
In his first season with the Sky, Jeff House brings over 25 years of basketball coaching experience at the NBA, WNBA, college and high school levels to the Chicago Sky bench.

House started his professional basketball career in New York as a member of the Knicks game night video staff in 1998. That same year, he served the New York Liberty under Nancy Darsch as video coordinator and advance scout. When Richie Adubato took over as head coach of the Liberty in 1999, House was promoted to Liberty assistant coach and took on that role full time. He served the team in that position until 2004, and was an instrumental part of the teamís 1999, 2000 and 2002 WNBA Eastern Conference Championships.

House joined the Washington Mystics as its top assistant coach in 2005. After one season, House took the recruiting coordinator and assistant coaching position at the University of Virginia. House helped propel the Virginia Womenís Basketball program to the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference by bringing in top-ranked recruiting classes in each of his four years with the program. House was instrumental in the recruiting and development of Monica Wright, who was chosen by the Minnesota Lynx as the second overall pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft. He also played a role in recruiting 2009 draft picks Aisha Mohammed (Minnesota) and Lyndra Littles (Connecticut).

Relocating to Virginia in 2006, House started his own basketball website He has also acted as an outside consultant for several college basketball teams, helping evaluate aspects of their program including practice and recruiting as well as their players. House also works with the Virginia Basketball Academy on the development of a Pre-K through 4th grade league that will launch in 2011 focusing on character development through the game of basketball.

Houseís coaching career began while he was still in college, getting his start in 1985 under former Houston Rockets Head Coach Jeff Van Gundy at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, NY. Since then, heís had the opportunity to work with a number of top coaches, later coaching at UMass Lowell under current Orlando Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy, and with Bob Wenzel at Rutgers University. House played college basketball while he attended Nazareth College in Rochester, NY before suffering a career-ending injury.

House received his bachelorís degree from Nazareth in 1987 in art education. He earned a masterís degree in teaching, guidance and counseling from Jacksonville University in 1991. House and his wife Ann Leonard-House, who is the former Head Womenís Volleyball Coach at UMass-Lowell and Rutgers, reside in Virginia in the off-season with their two children.