A colorful coach known for his sideline demeanor and bright, red sweaters, Lou Carnesecca was also a fantastic craftsman of NCAA basketball teams.
Lou Carnesecca’s enduring legacy as a basketball coach will be his amazing streak of consistency. In 42 years of coaching, he won more than 830 games and never failed to take his team to a post-season tournament.
Upon his retirement, he left behind two of college basketball’s most impressive streaks: longest run of successive winning seasons and longest run of taking teams to the post-season.
The level of excellence that Carnesecca created at St. John’s University brought in a wealth of awards in the 1990s. In 1992, he was named to the International Basketball Hall of Fame. A year later, he was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1996, he was inducted in the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.