Lou Campanelli

Lou Campanelli (born August 10, 1938)

Teams coached: James Madison Dukes, California Golden Bears
James Madison record: 238-118 (.669)
California record: 123-108 (.532)
Overall record: 361-226 (.615)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  4  (1981, 1982, 1983, 1990)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  3  (1986, 1987, 1989)
  • CAA Tournament Champion:  1  (1983)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  2  (1974, 1976)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1985-1993 California
1972-1985 James Madison
196#-1972 Rhode Island (asst)
196#-196# Bridgeport (asst)

Lou Campanelli Facts

  • Louis Campanelli
  • Born August 10, 1938
  • Hometown: Springfield, New Jersey
  • Alma Mater: Montclair State University (BA, 1960)
  • The NJ-native graduated from Montclair State (NJ) before starting his coaching career at Levittown HS on Long Island
  • Worked as an assistant at D-II Bridgeport (CT) and under Tom Carmody at Rhode Island
  • Spent 13 seasons as the head coach at James Madison, starting in Division II and transitioning to D-I in 1976
    • When Campanelli was hired, the program was still in its infancy, as Madison had been an all-girls school previously
    • Went to two D-II NCAA Tournaments, three D-I NCAA Tournaments and won the 1983 ECAC South (CAA) Tournament
    • Compiled an overall record of 238-118 (165-87 in D-I) and never finished a season below .500
  • Left for California in 1985, coaching the Golden Bears for the next eight years
    • Was 123-108 overall, going to one NCAA Tournament (1990) and three NITs (1986, 1987 and 1989)
    • Fired in February 1993 at 10-7; the Bears went on to reach the Sweet Sixteen under Todd Bozeman
      • The school cited player complaints of verbally abusive behavior as reason to let Campanelli go
  • Other jobs in basketball have included scouting stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers and New Jersey Nets in the NBA
    • He worked for several years as commissioner of Pac-10 officiating and briefly coached in the Japan Pro League
  • Wrote a memoir titled Dare to Dream: How James Madison University Became Coed and Shocked the Basketball World (2015)

Lou Campanelli Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels; prior to the 1976-77 season, the James Madison Dukes competed at the Division II level