Jack Armstrong

Jack Armstrong (born January 3, 1963)

Teams coached: Niagara Purple Eagles
Niagara record: 100-154 (.394)
Overall record: 100-154 (.394)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (1993)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1989-1998 Niagara
1988-1989 Niagara (asst)
1984-1988 Fordham (grad. asst/asst)

Jack Armstrong Facts

  • John Joseph Armstrong
  • Born January 3, 1963
  • Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
  • Alma Mater: Fordham University (BA, 1985 & MA, 1988)
  • The Brooklyn-native started out as a graduate assistant and the full-time assistant coach at Fordham, working under head coaches Tom Penders, Bob Quinn and Nick Macarchuk; he also coached the Rams’ JV team in the beginning
  • Left his alma mater in 1988 to become an assistant coach under Andy Walker at Niagara
  • Walker resigned just a couple months prior to the 1989-90 season and Armstrong was elevated to head coach at just 26 years old
    • Over his nine season tenure with the Eagles, Armstrong went 100-154 overall and went to the NIT once; named MAAC COY in 1993
  • In 1999, Armstrong began working as a television sportscaster across the border in Toronto, working Raptors games
    • He also works as an in-studio NBA and college basketball analyst for TSN, the main cable sports channel in Canada

Jack Armstrong Coaching Tree

  • Rob Lanier (Rice, SMU, Georgia State, Siena)
  • Bob MacKinnon Jr. (Texas Legends, Los Angeles D-Fenders, Springfield Armor, Idaho Stampede, Colorado 14ers, Merchant Marine)
  • Desmond Oliver (East Tennessee State)
  • Mike Rice Jr. (Rutgers, Robert Morris)