Rollie Massimino

Rollie Massimino (1934-2017)

Teams coached: Stony Brook PatriotsVillanova Wildcats, UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, Cleveland State Vikings
Stony Brook record^: 34-14 (.708)
Villanova record: 355-241 (.596)
UNLV record: 36-21 (.632)
Cleveland State record: 90-113 (.443)
Overall record^: 816-462 (.000)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  1  (1985)
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  11  (1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  5  (1978, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1988)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  1  (1985)
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  4  (1977, 1989, 1992, 1993)
  • Big East Regular Season Champion:  2  (1982, 1983)
  • Atlantic 10 Regular Season Champion:  3  (1978, 1979, 1980)
  • Knickerbocker (Div II) Regular Season Champion:  1  (1970)
  • Florida Sun (NAIA) Regular Season Champion:  5  (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2016)
  • Atlantic 10 Tournament Champion:  2  (1978, 1980)
  • Florida Sun (NAIA) Tournament Champion:  3  (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  1  (1970)
  • NAIA Division II Tournament Appearances:  9  (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)
  • NAIA Division II Tournament Final Four:  2  (2011, 2012)

Awards:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2006-2017 Northwood/Keiser
1996-2003 Cleveland State
1992-1994 UNLV
1973-1992 Villanova
1972-1973 Penn (asst)
1969-1971 Stony Brook

Rollie Massimino Facts

  • Roland Vincent Massimino
  • Born November 13, 1934
  • Died August 30, 2017
  • Hometown: Hillsdale, New Jersey
  • Alma Mater: University of Vermont (BA, 1956) / Rutgers University (MA, 1959)
  • Started coaching right after graduating from UVM at the high school level
    • Went 160-61 in ten seasons as a high school coach with stints at Lexington HS (MA) and his alma mater, Hillsdale HS (NJ)
  • Hired in 1969 to be the head coach at Stony Brook, then a member of the NCAA College Division (Division II)
  • Spent one year as an assistant at Penn under Chuck Daly before getting the Villanova head coaching job in 1973
    • Coached the Villanova Wildcats for 19 seasons, starting as a Division I independent, then transitioning to the ECBL/EAA (now Atlantic 10) to becoming one of the original members of the Big East
    • In 1985, the 8-seed Wildcats met fellow Big East member Georgetown – top-seeded, heavily favored and led by future HOF player Patrick Ewing – in the NCAA National Championship game and rallied for an upset victory and national title
      • Offered head coach job with the NBA’s New Jersey Nets following the victory but turned it down to stay at Nova
    • Left the school in 1992 with 355 wins, two Big East titles and 11 trips to the NCAA Tournament
  • Became head coach at UNLV in 1992 with the intention of cleaning up the mess left behind after the departure of former coach Jerry Tarkanian
    • Forced out after two seasons following the revelation that the school’s president, Robert Maxson, had a side deal in place to pay Massimino more than his state-approved salary
  • After a few years away from coaching, Massimino was hired as the head coach at Cleveland State
    • Won 90 games in seven seasons at CSU but was never able to lead the Vikings into the postseason; resigned in 2003
  • Spent the last eleven years of his life as the head coach at NAIA Northwood (later becoming a part of Keiser University), compiling an overall record of 298-75 and leading the Seahawks to the NAIA Division II Tournament nine times
    • The Seahawks were NAIA Division II Tournament runner-up in 2012
    • Won his 800th career game on December 14, 2016 with a victory over Trinity Baptist
  • Passed away in 2017 after a battle with lung cancer; survived by his wife, Mary Jane, their five children and 17 grandchildren

Rollie Massimino Coaching Tree

 

^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I, Division II and NAIA levels only; note that Stony Brook was a Division II program until 1994

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