RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Fifth-year head coach Barry Rohrssen has appointed assistant coach Scott Adubato to the Jaspers men's basketball staff. Adubato brings a plethora of experience to Riverdale, which includes coaching stints at both the collegiate and professional ranks. He is the first addition to a reconfigured staff for the 2010-11 campaign, joining C.J. Council who returns for his third season.
"It is nice to add Scott to the Jasper Basketball family," stated Rohrssen. "Scott has a good knowledge of the game. He is the son of a coach (Richie Adubato), and a very good one at that."
Adubato most recently served from 2007-10 as an assistant coach at Seton Hall University. For the first time in the last 15 years, Adubato helped the Pirates post winning records in three consecutive seasons. In his final year in South Orange, the Pirates finished with their best overall record (18-12) in over five years and recorded their most wins in the BIG EAST since the 2005-06 campaign, which earned Seton Hall an at-large bid to the 2010 National Invitation Tournament.
"I am excited to stay in the metropolitan area as an assistant coach working for a program that has had much success," said Adubato. "I also look forward to working with a head coach who I have a lot of respect for."
Prior to Seton Hall, Adubato spent seven years with the Memphis Grizzlies organization of the National Basketball Association. He served as an assistant on head coach Mike Fratello's staff during his final two years (2005-2007) in Memphis, after working the previous five seasons as a scout.
Adubato's collegiate and professional coaching experience also includes stints as an assistant coach in the United States Basketball League (1999-2000), the International Basketball League (1999), Georgia State University (1997-99), East Carolina (1995-96), Collin County Community College (1993-95), the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (1993-94) and Old Dominion University (1990-91). In 1992, he worked as an assistant coach with the Continental Basketball Association's Southern Division Champion Oklahoma City Calvary and served as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Sunblasters of the USBL from 1990-91.
Adubato was an advance scout for the Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic and New York Liberty, working with his father, head coach Richie Adubato. He also was a college scout for the Los Angles Clippers.
"Scott has worked for and learned from many excellent coaches throughout his career: Mike Fratello, Lefty Driesell and Bobby Gonzalez," Rohrssen explained. "We expect him to help develop our point guards and perimeter players."
His professional playing career started in 1987 when he was selected in the 7th Round of the NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. Adubato later played and coached professionally in Italy.
Adubato began his collegiate career on a full-scholarship at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University, where he played his freshman season before transferring to Upsala College in East Orange, N.J. At Upsala, Adubato was a three-year starter and All-America Honorable Mention, while earning a bachelor's degree in business management.