Barry Rohrssen enters his fifth season at the helm of Manhattan College's basketball program. Since his arrival in Riverdale, Rohrssen has rejuvenated the Jaspers through strong local recruiting, while also experiencing success in the classroom. In his tenure, Rohrssen has mentored six All-MAAC selections, six MAAC Players of the Week, and last spring he graduated all six members of his first recruiting class.
With 52 victories under his belt in Riverdale, including two in the postseason, Rohrssen ranks eighth on the career wins list in the program's 105 year storied history. Rohrssen is also tied for third all-time with 28 victories on the Jaspers home court in Draddy Gymnasium. He has mentored four 1,000-point scorers, all of whom finished in the top-20 of the Jaspers' scoring chart.
Rohrssen was named Manhattan's 22nd head men's basketball coach on April 25, 2006. He arrived back in his native New York after spending the previous seven seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh. Rohrssen began his coaching stint at Pitt behind the leadership of two-time National Coach of the Year Ben Howland, and spent his last three seasons as associate head coach under 2009 Naismith Coach of the Year Jamie Dixon.
In his first year at Manhattan, Rohrssen guided the Jaspers to 10 MAAC wins, the second most for a Manhattan head coach in his inaugural season. In 2007-08, Manhattan earned its first MAAC Tournament victory during the Rohrssen era, behind a team whose underclassmen combined for over 80% of the Jaspers' scoring offense. The Jaspers earned their second postseason win behind Rohrssen's leadership in 2009-2010 with the program's highest scoring output in a postseason game (94) in over 15 years. Rohrssen also mentored the 2010 MAAC scoring champion.
Rohrssen's most successful campaign was during the 2008-09 season when he guided Manhattan to a fourth place MAAC finish and a 16-14 overall record, which included victories over two NCAA Tournament participants. The Jaspers tallied nine wins at Draddy Gymnasium, the most since 2005-06.
At Pitt, the Brooklyn native played a vital role in the Panthers' rise to national prominence. The Panthers won three BIG EAST Regular Season titles and one BIG EAST Tournament Championship over the course of Rohrssen's final five years in the Steel City.
Many of Rohrssen's New York City recruits became the foundation for the Panthers' success. He played a large role in the signings of area prep stars Levance Fields (Xaverian), Tyrell Biggs (Don Bosco Prep, N.J.), Ronald Ramon (All Hallows), Keith Benjamin (Mt. Vernon), Chris Taft (Xaverian/Golden State Warriors), Carl Krauser (Notre Dame Academy), and Mark McCarroll (Christ the King). Dick "Hoops" Weiss of the New York Daily News placed Rohrssen at the top of his list of coaches who were making the biggest recruiting impact in the City in a July 2004 article.
Over the course of his final five seasons at Pitt, Rohrssen was part of five 20-plus win seasons and five NCAA appearances. The Panthers posted an overall record of 133-33 (80.1%) during that span, placing among the nation's top-five winning percentages. The team was also nearly unbeatable at home during Rohrssen's final four seasons with the Panthers, posting a 64-6 record at the Petersen Events Center (91.4%).
In addition to his renowned recruiting skills, Rohrssen helped develop some of the top talent in the BIG EAST. A Panther received the BIG EAST Most Improved Player Award four times during his tenure, most recently New Orleans Hornets center Aaron Gray following the 2005-06 season. Rohrssen also mentored 2004 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year and future NBA player Chris Taft.
Prior to his time at Pitt, Rohrssen spent four seasons (1995-99) at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas as the school's director of basketball operations on Head Coach Bill Bayno's staff. While at UNLV, the program captured the 1998 Western Athletic Conference Tournament championship. The Rebels advanced to postseason play in three of his four years.
Prior to his stint at UNLV, Rohrssen served as assistant coach at his alma mater, St. Francis (N.Y.) College, from 1993-95 under Head Coach Ron Ganulin.
Rohrssen also has extensive international basketball coaching experience. In 1991 and 1992, he represented the United States at the World Invitational Championships in Warsaw, Poland and London, England, respectively. He co-coached an American All-Star team in 1998 that finished 5-0 in Tahiti.
During the summer of 2000, Rohrssen served as assistant coach with a United States Junior Team that competed at an international tournament in Leon, Spain. Later that summer, he helped lead the New York City squad to a gold medal at the 2000 Empire State Games.
Rohrssen has supported several charitable efforts, including the V Foundation for Cancer Research. During the summers of 2008 and 2009 he traveled to the Persian Gulf Region with a select group of NCAA basketball coaches to visit American troops as part of a goodwill program sponsored by the United States Organizations (USO) and Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE). In 2008 he participated in "Operation Hardwood V" and in 2009 he took part in "Operation Hoop Talk". Both tours began with visits in the nation's capital to meet with wounded soldiers at Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Rohrssen has implemented high academic standards for his program. During his tenure, each member of his senior classes has graduated, and several of his current student-athletes are ahead of schedule to earn their degrees.
Rohrssen played as an undergraduate at St. Francis (N.Y.) from 1981-83, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in business management in 1983. He also played in the Catholic High School Athletic Association at Xaverian High School in Brooklyn and is a member of the school's Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.