Steve Lappas

Steve Lappas (born March 18, 1954)

Teams coached: Manhattan Jaspers, Villanova Wildcats, UMass Minutemen
Manhattan record: 56-62 (.475)
Villanova record: 174-110 (.613)
UMass record: 50-65 (.435)
Overall record: 280-237 (.542)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2001-2005 UMass
1992-2001 Villanova
1988-1992 Manhattan
1984-1988 Villanova (asst)
1977-1979 CUNY-York (asst)

Steve Lappas Facts

  • Stephan Thomas Lappas
  • Born March 18, 1954
  • Hometown: New York City, New York
  • Alma Mater: City College of New York (BA, 1977)
  • Played at Bronx HS of Science and then at CCNY, serving as team captain as a junior
  • Started his coaching career right away, spending one year each assisting at CUNY-York and Fort Lee HS (NJ)
  • Hired as the head coach at Harry S. Truman HS in the Bronx, going 91-32 over five seasons and winning the New York State Class A championship in 1984
  • Joined Rollie Massimino‘s staff at Villanova as an assistant in 1984, working there for four seasons
  • Became head coach at Manhattan in 1988, turning a 7-win Jaspers team into a 25-9 NIT contender in his fourth and final season
  • Returned to Villanova in 1992 to take over for Massimino, coaching the Wildcats for nine seasons
    • Won 174 games and went to the postseason seven times (four NCAA, three NIT)
    • Resigned from the school in 2001 after contract negotiations failed to land him a long-term deal
  • Hired that off-season to be the head coach at UMass, where he coached the Minutemen for four seasons but failed to reach the postseason; let go following the 2004-05 season
  • Began working for CBS Sports Network as both an in-game and in-studio analyst in 2005
    • He has also called games on the MSG Network, ESPN, Comcast and Westwood One Sports
  • Inducted into the CCNY Hall of Fame, Villanova Hall of Fame and NYC Basketball Hall of Fame

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