John Giannini

John Giannini (born October 31, 1962)

Teams coached: Rowan Profs, Maine Black BearsLa Salle Explorers
Rowan record^: 168-38 (.816)
Maine record: 125-111 (.530)
La Salle record: 212-226 (.484)
Overall record^: 505-375 (.574)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2004-2018 La Salle
1996-2004 Maine
1989-1996 Rowan
1987-1989 Illinois (grad. asst)

John Giannini Facts

  • Dr. John Manfredo Giannini
  • Born October 31, 1962
  • Hometown: Elmwood Park, Illinois
  • Alma Mater: North Central College (BA, 1984) / North Texas University (MS, 1986) / University of Illinois (Ph.D., 1992)
  • Was a graduate assistant for two seasons at Illinois under long-time Illini head coach Lou Henson
  • Spent seven seasons as the head coach at Division III Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ
  • Hired at Maine the following year, winning 125 games over eight seasons
    • Left the school with the highest winning percentage in program history
  • Took over at La Salle in 2004, leading the Explorers to the NIT in 2012 and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2013
    • The NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013 was the program’s first since 1992 and first S16 appearance since 1955
    • Giannini was fired in March 2018 after fourteen seasons at La Salle
  • Giannini returned to Rowan in July 2018 to head the school’s new Center for Sports Communication & Social Impact
  • Along with his wife, Donna, has two daughters

John Giannini Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the Division I and Division III levels