The Iowa coach’s son, Connor McCaffery, joins the Indiana Pacers staff

Connor McCaffery, a former Iowa guard, informed the Des Moines Register that he will be joining the Indiana Pacers staff.

As a team assistant, he will help run the scout team and assist the coaching staff with film study and other tasks.

“It’s a way in. It’s an entry-level job,” said McCaffery, 24, who said he aspires to have a career in coaching. “You’ve got to work hard and work your way up. That’s obviously what I want to do.”

At Iowa, where he also excelled in baseball, McCaffery played for his father, Fran, for six seasons.

September is when he starts his new job.

“I’m really excited. I want to get away and try to learn from someone else, somewhere else,” McCaffery said. “I’ve always been under my dad’s shadow and tutelage. Now, learning from someone like coach [Rick] Carlisle … and the assistants they have there, they’re all good basketball minds … I’m just going to try to take everything in.”

McCaffery played in 166 games, which ranks second in Iowa history. He averaged 4.5 points and 3.0 rebounds, and played in 111 successes, tying Jordan Bohannon for most in program history.

His 3.59 career assist-to-turnover ratio—527 assists to 147 turnovers—places him second in NCAA history.


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