Rollie Massamino’s long college and prep coaching career earned him 700-plus wins and the NCAA tournament championship in 1985.
By the time that Rollie Massamino entered the college coaching ranks, he’d already established a heady reputation as a preps coach, with a 160-61 record in the tough basketball states of New Jersey and Massachusetts.
He debuted at the collegiate coaching level in 1969 as head coach of the State University of New York – Stony Brook; that first year earned his team a berth in the NCAA small school tourney. He went on to be an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania, under coach Chuck Daly. And by 1973, he got his own top gig, with the head-coaching job at Villanova.
There, Massamino established the program as a national power and a perennial top team in the Big East. In 1985, his Villanova squad topped another Big East titan, Georgetown, to capture the NCAA crown.
After Villanova, Massamino went on to coach at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas and Cleveland State. He is currently the coach at the Florida campus of Northwood University in West Palm Beach having started there in 2006.
On December 29, 2012, Massimino became the 39th coach to record 700 career wins, and became just the third coach in college basketball history to reach the 700-win plateau and win an NCAA National Championship during their coaching career.
He was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.