|Position:||Associate Director of Operations|
|Alma Mater:||University of Florida|
|At Miami:||5 Years|
Jaime Vathielil enters his sixth season with the University of Miami Hurricanes as associate director of basketball operations for Head Coach Jim Larrañaga. His primary responsibilities include opponent scouting, self-scouting, basketball analytics analysis, video coordination, basketball operations and coaching during summer camps.
Vathielil has assisted the Hurricanes to 118 victories over five straight winning seasons. During that time the program has won an ACC Regular Season and ACC Tournament title, advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 twice, posted a program record of 29 wins in a season, had an NBA first round draft pick and seen all of its seniors graduate.
In 2015-16 Miami played its way into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in four seasons and ended the campaign ranked No. 10 by the Associated Press and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Canes were ranked in the polls a school record 18 straight weeks and ranked top-15 for a school record 14 weeks. UM posted 27 wins and tied for second in the ACC with 13 victories, including a perfect 9-0 conference mark at home. Miami won the Puerto Rico Tip Off, defeating No. 16 Utah, No. 22/20 Butler and Mississippi State by 20.0 points per game, and downed three other ranked teams during the season in No. 3 Virginia, No. 11 Louisville and No. 24/20 Duke.
In 2014-15, Miami finished with an overall record of 25-13 and played in the NIT championship game at Madison Square Garden. The Hurricanes were 10-8 in the ACC and defeated three nationally-ranked top 25 teams - at No. 7 Florida, vs. No. 24 Illinois and at No. 4 Duke. With the win at Duke, the eventual 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball National Champion, Miami ended Duke's home winning streak at 41 games, the longest active streak in the NCAA at the time. The win at Florida ended the Gators' 33-game home winning streak.
The 2013-14 Hurricanes returned zero starters from the previous season. Despite losing 87 percent of its scoring and 85 percent of its rebounding, the Canes were able to win 17 games. Miami accomplished this with a tenacious defense that was among the best in the ACC, finishing second in field goal percentage defense and third in scoring defense.
In 2012-13, Vathielil aided the Hurricanes during an historic season, winning the ACC Regular Season and Tournament Championships. The Canes earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and played its way into the Sweet 16. Miami was ranked as high as No. 2 in the country during the regular season, finishing with a 29-7overall record and 15-3 record in ACC competition. The memorable season included four 20+ point wins over ACC opponents, including a 27-point rout of No. 1 Duke and victories against North Carolina (+26), Florida State (+24) and Boston College (+22). Miami was the first team to beat Duke and North Carolina by 25+ points in the same year since the start of ACC play in 1953. The season produced All-American and ACC Player of the Year Shane Larkin, as well as ACC Defensive Player of the Year Durand Scott and All-ACC performer Kenny Kadji. Larkin, named ACC Tournament MVP, was also the Lute Olson National Player of the Year. Larkin left Miami after his sophomore season for the 2013 NBA Draft and was selected in the first round with the18th overall pick.
In Vathielil’s first season on Coach Larrañaga’s staff in 2011-12, the Canes won nine conference games en route to finishing fourth place in the ACC. It was the first time the team posted a winning record in the ACC since the program's first season in the league in 2004-05, and it was the highest the team had ever finished in the final regular season standings, resulting in an NIT postseason bid.
Prior to joining Coach Larrañaga’s staff, Vathielil worked for the Miami Heat during the 2010-11 season as a seasonal video intern. He was responsible for breaking down opponent game video, scouting personnel tendencies, and completing video projects for the coaching and front office staff. The team won 58 games, finishing the regular season second in the Eastern Conference, and ultimately reached the 2011 NBA Finals.
Vathielil worked the summer of 2010 as a player development assistant at ATTACK Athletics in Chicago. There he assisted Tim Grover, Michael Jordan’s and Dwyane Wade’s longtime personal trainer, and Mike Procopio, among the top player development coaches in the country and strategic game management coach for Kobe Bryant, to train NBA, college, high school, and international basketball players. Vathielil also created video edits for the players of the skills and team concepts taught in workouts.
Prior to joining ATTACK Athletics, Vathielil worked on Head Coach Austin Ainge’s coaching staff as a basketball operations intern for the Maine Red Claws during the 2009-10 season. Vathielil assisted with team practice, scouting opponents, individual player development, and preparation for the NBA Development League Draft. The team’s 27 victories tied an NBA D-League record for wins by an expansion team.
Vathielil earned his master's of science in sport administration from the University of Miami in 2009. While working toward his degree, he was a graduate manager for the Hurricanes basketball team from 2007-09, assisting with video scouting, team practice, individual player development, statistical analysis and film exchange. In 2007-08, the program had one of its most successful seasons. The team recorded 23 wins, finished a program-best fifth in the ACC at the time, and produced Miami’s first first team All-ACC selection in Jack McClinton. The Canes returned to the national rankings and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Vathielil was born in Chicago, Ill., and raised in Miami, Fla. He is a graduate of the University of Florida, earning his bachelor's of science in business administration in 2007.