Bob Valvano

Bob Valvano (born January 29, 1957)

Teams coached: Kutztown Golden Bears, St. Francis (NY) Terriers, Catholic University Cardinals, St. Mary’s (MD) Seahawks, Bellarmine Knights
Kutztown record^: 25-30 (.455)
St. Francis (NY) record: 38-74 (.339)
Catholic University record^: 37-41 (.474)
St. Mary’s (MD) record^: 24-27 (.471)
Bellarmine record^: 55-54 (.505)
Overall record^: 179-226 (.442)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • CAC (Div III) Regular Season Champion: (2002)


  • CAC (D-III) Coach of the Year:  1  (1992)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1994-1998 Bellarmine
1992-1994 St. Mary’s (MD)
1989-1992 Catholic University
1984-1988 St. Francis (NY)
1982-1984 Kutztown
1980-1982 Hofstra (asst)

Bob Valvano Facts

  • Bob Valvano
  • Born January 29, 1957
  • Hometown: Queens, New York
  • Alma Mater: Virginia Wesleyan University (BS, 1979)
  • Was a three-sport star (basketball, soccer and golf) at Virginia Wesleyan; part of the inaugural 2009 class of the school’s Hall of Fame
  • Started his coaching career as an assistant at Hofstra under head coach Dick Berg
  • In 1982, at just 25 years old, Valvano was hired to be the head coach at D-II Kutztown (PA)
    • Went 25-30 over two seasons, improving from 9-18 in year one to 16-12 in year two – a school record for wins in a season
  • Became the youngest head coach in Division I (27 years old) in 1984 when he was hired at St. Francis (NY)
    • Was 38-74 in four seasons at the helm, but never finished above .500 nor reached the postseason
  • Headed overseas in 1988 and spent one season coaching Alviks BK, a professional team in Sweden
  • Came back stateside and spent three seasons as the head coach at D-III Catholic University in Washington, DC
    • Went 37-41 overall, highlighted by the 1991-92 season when he led the Cardinals to 20 wins for the first time ever
      • The Cardinals the CAC regular season title that year and Valvano was named CAC Coach of the Year
    • Laid the foundation for a program that would become a constant in the D-III NCAA Tournament after he left
  • Spent two years as the head coach at D-III St. Mary’s College of Maryland, going 24-37 during that time
  • Most recent head coaching job was at then-Division II Bellarmine in Louisville, KY
    • Led the Knights to an overall record of 55-54 in his four seasons at the helm
  • Valvano now works in radio in Louisville and previously hosted a nightly show on ESPN Radio
  • Bob is the younger brother of the late Jim Valvano, who won a NCAA Championship at NC State in 1983
    • He is active in the V Foundation, started in Jim’s honor to fund cancer research

Bob Valvano Coaching Tree

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^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III levels; Bellarmine was competing at the Division II level during Valvano’s tenure there