Masiello New Head Man in Manhattan

Posted: April 11, 2011 by Bacon in Louisville Basketball, Outside the Ville
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Steve Masiello went to Kentucky as a walk-on with the dreams of always becoming a head coach in college basketball one day. Yesterday his dream came true. Manhattan announced that Steve Masiello would become their 23rd head coach in school history. Masiello will replace Barry Rohrssen after he went 58-95 over the last 5 years for the Jaspers. A press conference has been scheduled on April 13th at 3:30pm in Draddy Gymnasium to introduce him.

This will not be a strange place for Masiello to be. He was an assistant coach there 2001-2005 under then head coach Bobby Gonzalez before joining Rick Pitino’s staff for the last six seasons.

Masiello could have his hands full taking over a Jasper team that has not had a winning season in five years and has not been to the tournament in seven years (2004).  

“I am honored and humbled to be the next head coach of Manhattan College,” stated Masiello. “I am eager to lead the Jaspers back to prominence as being a premier program in the conference, and re-establishing our rich tradition and winning history.”

Manhattan hopes Masiello can bring his excellent recruiting to the Jaspers that he showed while at Louisville under Pitino. Masiello led the charge in bringing in four top-20 recruiting classes to Louisville, including a 2008 class that was ranked #4 overall.

“Steve has been a tireless worker in his six years at Louisville,” Rick Pitino said. “I’ve watched him grow from a ball boy with the New York Knicks to an outstanding teacher of the game. I’m real proud of his efforts and I know he will do an unbelievable job turning Manhattan back into a winner.”

Whether Masiello will retain any member of Rohrssen staff or not but already there is a familiar face present. Masiello’s former teammate and roommate at Kentucky Scott Padgett was a part of the Jaspers coaching staff last season. It was Padgett’s first season at Manhattan after spending one season at Kentucky working on John Calipari’s staff.

“We are extremely fortunate to hire a well-respected, highly experienced coach who is familiar with building a winning tradition here at Manhattan College from his days as an assistant.” said Jaspers Director of Athletics Bob Byrnes

The move should have come as no surprise to most Cardinal fans. Coach Pitino made it no secret that he felt Masiello would be moving on sooner than later. The question now though is who will be taking his spot on the bench? Some sources have confirmed that Pitino would like to bring back his son Richard to his staff after his short stint in Gainsville under Billy Donovan. Richard Pitino left Louisville amidst the entire Karen Sypher debacle and now that has seemed to pass could be prime to make a return.

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