Success Under Masiello
Back-To-Back MAAC Titles | Three Postseason Berths | Two 20-Win Seasons | 100% Graduation Rate
Steve Masiello is in his fifth year as Head Coach of the Manhattan men's basketball team.
During his tenure in Riverdale, he has experienced unprecedented success while leading the Jaspers to back-to-back MAAC Championships and subsequent trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Masiello, who has also guided Manhattan to three-straight MAAC Title game appearances and two 20-win campaigns, broke ESPN analyst and Jasper Hall of Fame selection Fran Fraschilla’s school record for career MAAC Tournament wins with his eighth in Manhattan’s 79-69 victory over Iona in the 2015 Championship Game. Additionally, Masiello, who has been a member of the school's last four league titles, has the fourth-best winning percentage (.800 | 8-2) during MAAC Tournament play in league history.
In last year’s run to the program’s second-straight MAAC Championship, the Jaspers capped the season with seven wins over their final nine games and were an impressive 9-4 over the final two months of the season. The strong finish is nothing new for a Masiello-coached squad, as the Riverdale-based institution is 28-10 in the months of February and March over the last three years, including 20-6 since the start of the 2013-2014 campaign.
Leading the charge in Manhattan’s run to the 2015 MAAC Championship was Emmy Andujar, who earned First Team All-MAAC accolades after ranking among the top-five in the circuit in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, assists and steals. Additionally, Andujar, who also earned MAAC All-Tournament Team honors, graduated as the first player in school history to notch 1,300 points, 750 rebounds, 350 assists and 150 steals.
Far from a one-man team, Masiello also oversaw in the development of Ashton Pankey and RaShawn Stores. Pankey earned Third Team All-MAAC honors before being named as the Most Outstanding Performer at the 2015 MAAC Championships. Stores paced the MAAC in assist/turnover ratio while spearheading a well-rounded Manhattan attack that featured a tenacious defense and a precision offense.
Senior Shane Richards battled injuries to earn MAAC All-Tournament Team honors while becoming the Jaspers’ single-season (92) and career (234) three-point leader.
During Masiello’s first four years, his teams have continuously ranked among the NCAA’s best in defensive categories such as blocks, steals, field goal percentage defense, three-point field goal percentage defense and turnover margin.
An offshoot of this sustained success has been Masiello’s four-year record of 79-53, as the 79 wins already rank sixth in school history.
His accomplishments have not gone unnoticed on a national level as he was named as one of the “25 Most Intriguing Coaches” in Division I by CBS Sports and as one of the “10 Coaches On The Rise” by the organization.
Two seasons ago, Manhattan went 25-8 and won the 2014 MAAC Championship over Iona by a 71-68 count. It was the Jaspers’ first MAAC Title and first 25-win campaign since the 2003-2004 season. For his efforts, Masiello earned the prestigious 2014 Metropolitan Coach of the Year, awarded by the Met Basketball Writers Association.
In the landmark campaign, Rhamel Brown earned his third-straight MAAC Defensive Player of the Year selection while George Beamon collected his second First Team All-MAAC honor with Brown landing on the Third Team.
Long-time ESPN college basketball commentator Dick Vitale has even noted, "Remember this name, Steve Masiello. A young, rising coach doing a great job at Manhattan."
Despite a number of key early-season injuries in 2012-2013, the Jaspers rallied to win eight of their last 11 games down the stretch. Manhattan reached the MAAC Championship game for the first time in nine years, coming up just three points short of reaching the NCAA Tournament in a miraculous run.
After the season, Brown was voted Second Team All-MAAC, Second Team All-Metropolitan and the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year. The accolades continued for the Jaspers as Richards earned MAAC Co-Rookie of the Year honors and was joined by Richards on the All-Rookie Team.
In his first season at Manhattan, the Jaspers enjoyed the biggest turnaround in the nation, posting 21 victories in 2011-2012, a NCAA-best 15-win improvement from the previous season. It went down as the largest turnaround in program history while the 21 wins were the second most wins by a Manhattan first-year head coach, trailing only Fraschilla’s 23 set in 1992-1993.
As a result of the Jaspers' marked improvement, Masiello shared Metropolitan Co-Coach of the Year honors with Dan Hurley while leading the Jaspers to their first postseason appearance since 2006. Manhattan advanced to the Second Round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) while registering three All-MAAC selections, including First Team honoree and league scoring champion Beamon.
The Jaspers have also excelled in the classroom under Masiello as his players sport a perfect 100 percent graduation rate. Three players earned both MAAC All-Academic distinction and the prestigious Honors Court recognition by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) in 2012. It marked the most student-athlete honorees on both award lists out of the 10 MAAC institutions.
Masiello was named Manhattan's 23rd head coach in program history on April 11, 2011. He returned to his native New York after spending six years in the Big East as an assistant at Louisville under Rick Pitino.
Over his six-year tenure with the Cardinals, Masiello helped lead Louisville to a 148-61 (.708) overall record, six straight 20-win seasons and four NCAA Tournament appearances. The Cardinals advanced to the Elite Eight twice (2008 & 2009) during that time while Masiello played a vital role in building Louisville's 2009 Big East Championship team, which won 31 games, including a program record 16 in conference, and entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed.
One of the nation's most renowned recruiters, Masiello effectively directed the Cardinals' recruiting efforts by signing four Top-20 recruiting classes, which included four McDonald's All-Americans over his time in Louisville. The program's 2008 recruiting class garnered a No. 4 national ranking, featuring 2008 USA Today High School National Player of the Year and future NBA player Samardo Samuels.
Masiello was named one of the nation's Top 25 collegiate assistant coaches according to FoxSports.com (2010) & Rivals.com (2007). He managed Louisville's game preparation and scouting responsibilities for his last three years with the program as the Cardinals amassed a 76-29 (.724) overall record, including a 39-15 (.722) mark in the Big East during this stretch.
Masiello is back in Riverdale for his second coaching tenure at Manhattan. He previously helped lead the Jaspers to three postseason appearances in four years (2001-2005) as an assistant, which included two MAAC Championships and subsequent trips to the NCAA Tournament (2003 & 2004) and one to the NIT (2002). Under his tutelage, Manhattan posted an 83-36 (.697) overall record with Masiello serving a key contributor to the Jaspers' coaching staff.
During that time Masiello also helped Manhattan to arguably one of the finest wins in program history when the Jaspers defeated Florida in the First Round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament. In terms of player development, Masiello helped Luis Flores blossom into a NBA Player.
Prior to Manhattan, Masiello served as the administrative assistant at Tulane under head coach Shawn Finney for one year (2000-2001).
A four-year member of the Wildcats' basketball team, Masiello, played under head coaches Pitino (1996-1997) and Tubby Smith (1997-2000). During his playing career, Kentucky went to the Final Four twice (1997 & 1998), advancing to the National Championship game both times and winning the title in 1998. Masiello was named the Wildcats' co-captain his senior year.
Masiello hails from White Plains, NY, and attended Archbishop Stepinac High School. He completed his final two years at the Harvey School in Katonah, NY, where he helped the basketball program win the New England Prep School Athletic Association Championship. Masiello also served as a ball boy for the New York Knicks during his youth.