P. J. Carlesimo

P. J. Carlesimo (born May 30, 1949)

Teams coached: Southern New Hampshire, Wagner Seahawks, Seton Hall Pirates, Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Seattle SuperSonics/OKC Thunder, Brooklyn Nets
Wagner record: 65-93 (.411)
Seton Hall record: 212-166 (.561)
Overall record^: 277-259 (.517)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2012-2013 Brooklyn Nets (interim HC)
2011-2012 NJ/Brooklyn Nets (asst)
2010-2011 Toronto Raptors (asst)
2007-2008 Seattle SuperSonics/OKC Thunder
2002-2007 San Antonio Spurs (asst)
1997-1999 Golden State Warriors
1994-1997 Portland Trail Blazers
1982-1994 Seton Hall
1976-1982 Wagner
1975-1976 Southern New Hampshire
1971-1975 Fordham (asst)

P. J. Carlesimo Facts

  • Peter John Carlesimo
  • Born May 30, 1949
  • Hometown: Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Alma Mater: Fordham University (BA, 1971)
  • Father is the late Peter A. Carlesimo, a former coach and athletic director at the University of Scranton and Fordham University
    • Played three seasons at Fordham, two for Ed Conlin and one for Digger Phelps
    • Became an assistant there in 1971 for new head coach Hal Wissel, working at his alma mater for four seasons
  • Went 14-13 in one season as the head coach at Southern New Hampshire (then New Hampshire College) before taking the same position at Wagner, then new to Division I
    • Won 65 games in six seasons at Wagner, helping the Seahawks transition into D-I and the ECAC
  • Spent twelve seasons as the head coach at Seton Hall, turning the Pirates program around and becoming a fixture in the burgeoning Big East Conference in 1980’s and early 1990’s
    • Led the Pirates all the way to the NCAA title game in 1989 following an upset of the #2 seed Indiana Hoosiers
    • Went to six NCAA Tournaments in his final seven years, including a three-year stretch of 23+ wins
  • Left for the NBA in 1994, coaching the Trail Blazers for three years and the Warriors for two and a half
  • Won three NBA Championships between 2002 and 2007 as an assistant coach for Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs
  • Was an assistant coach for Mike Krzyzewski for Team USA in the 1992 Summer Olympics, better known as “The Dream Team”
  • Spent one year as the head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics and coached for the first 13 games of the next season following the franchise’s move to Oklahoma City
  • Later served as interim head coach for the Brooklyn Nets in 2012-13, culminating in a game 7 loss to the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs
  • Since 2013, and in between most coaching jobs, Carlesimo works as a television broadcaster and analyst
  • Along with his wife, Carolyn, has two sons

P. J. Carlesimo Coaching Tree

  • Rod Baker (Delaware 87ers, Harlem Globetrotters, ABA, CBA, UC Irvine)
  • Bill Bayno (Loyola Marymount, UNLV)
  • Scott Brooks (Washington Wizards, OKC Thunder)
  • Rick Carlisle (Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons)
  • Adrian Griffin (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Dan Hurley (Connecticut, Rhode Island, Wagner)
  • Kerry Keating (Santa Clara)
  • Aaron McKie (Temple)
  • Doug Overton (Springfield Armor, Lincoln PA)
  • Jerry Stackhouse (Vanderbilt, Raptors 905)
  • Rod Strickland (LIU)
  • Frank Sullivan (Harvard, Bentley)
  • Tom Sullivan (UMBC, Manhattan, New Hampshire College)
  • Paul Westhead (Oregon (w), Phoenix Mercury, Long Beach Jam, LA Stars)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only