UConn defeated Arizona, 65-63, to advance to the Final Four
Andre LaFleur is entering his ninth year on the UConn Basketball staff in 2009-10 and his sixth season as an assistant coach. He spent three seasons as the Director of Basketball Operations before moving into the assistant coaching role beginning with the 2004-05 campaign.
LaFleur is a graduate of Northeastern University where he was one of the nation's premier point guards.
A native of Los Angeles and a product of Governor Dummer Academy in South Byfield, Mass., he was a prime recruit for then-Northeastern head coach Jim Calhoun in a class that included Wes Fuller and Reggie Lewis.
The impact of that freshman class at Northeastern was instantaneous. The Huskies romped through their conference schedule with a perfect 14-0 mark and an overall record of 27-5. They won the ECAC North Atlantic title and went on to the NCAA Tournament. This pattern continued throughout his career as every year the Huskies won the league crown and went on to the NCAAs. From the 1983-84 season through LaFleur's senior year of 1986-87, the team boasted a conference record of 60-6 and an overall record of 102-26. During one stretch, the Huskies won 38 consecutive home games.
LaFleur played 4,405 minutes in 128 consecutive games - more minutes and more games than any other Northeastern player, past or present. LaFleur scored 1,143 career points, graduating as the 10th all-time leading scorer in NU history and he is a member of the Northeastern Hall of Fame. He registered 89 steals as a senior and 252 for his career, both still Northeastern records. His total of 894 career assists set a new NCAA record in 1988 and he still ranks in the Top 15 in NCAA history. As a junior and senior, LaFleur was named All-Conference, while serving as a tri-captain with Fuller and Lewis. As a freshman, he made the conference All-Rookie Team.
LaFleur was a fifth-round draft pick of the Houston Rockets in 1987 and lasted until the team's final cut of the preseason. He then played and coached professionally in Australia and overseas for 11 seasons. After completing his professional career, Andre took a position as School Sports Coordinator for the Sydney City Basketball Association.
Born March 22, 1965, Andre, and his wife Alana reside in Manchester and have two sons, Adonis and Adrian.