Stepinac announced this morning that it has hired Pat Massaroni as the 12th head coach in program history. Massaroni, who graduated from Stepinac in 2006, served as the Varsity B coach the last three seasons. He also served on the men’s and women’s basketball staffs during his years as a student at Marist College and was a graduate assistant for two seasons at James Madison while he earned his graduate degree.
Massaroni will replace Herman, whose teams finished 20-32 the last two seasons, including 13-23 in the CHSAA ‘AA’ league.
I’ll have more later, but here’s the release from the school:
Archbishop Stepinac High School announced today that Patrick Massaroni has been named the new varsity head basketball coach. Massaroni, who most recently had been the Head Varsity B Basketball Coach at Stepinac (2012-2015), will take the position effective immediately. He succeeds Steve Herman, who recently stepped down.
Massaroni is a 2006 graduate of Stepinac and was a member of the basketball program while he was a student. He also was a member of the football and baseball programs. Massaroni was the first Varsity B coach when the school started the new program three years ago. He has worked hard developing the young men of Stepinac both on and off the court. This most recent season the team advanced to the league’s semifinal game.
Massaroni will be Stepinac’s 12th Varsity basketball coach. Others include Nat Volpe, Tom Carney, Larry Dick, Gene Slattery, Gene Doris, Frank Henderson, Ed Sands, Dennis Gallagher, Tim McGrath, Tim Philp and Steve Herman.
Massaroni completed his undergraduate work at Marist College (2006-2010), earning a B.A. in Sports Communication. Massaroni served four years on the Marist College basketball staff. He served on the men’s program for three seasons, including two years under current JMU head coach Matt Brady (2006-08.) He spent his final undergraduate year on the staff of the Marist women’s basketball program. In that season, the Red Foxes and head coach Brian Giorgis captured the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
“I think Stepinac has made an outstanding selection in the hiring of Pat Massaroni. During his time at Marist College, Pat made significant contributions in many areas with our basketball programs. He is an extremely hard-working, dedicated young professional. I am very confident that will bring great success to his alma mater’s basketball program. He had the opportunity to work under some outstanding head coaches, and I know that he will apply that experience at Stepinac.” said Marist AD Tim Murray.
After graduating from Marist, Massaroni joined the Men’s Basketball Staff at James Madison University (2010-2012). He served as a graduate assistant, earning his Master of Science degree in Sports Management in 2012. During his first year at James Madison, Massaroni was part of a program that had reached the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) postseason tournament. This was the second postseason appearance for James Madison since reaching the NCAA tournament in 1993. While at JMU, Massaroni assisted with in-and-off season workouts, practice planning and game preparation.
“As someone who has worked very closely with Pat for the past decade, I know firsthand what a tremendous mentor, coach and most importantly, representative for your school Stepinac has hired. Pat will do an unbelievable job, he will add great passion to this position and he will work to continue to raise the bar for the basketball program on the court and in the classroom and he will do it with an unparalleled work ethic and with class.” said Matt Brady-James Madison University Head Basketball Coach.
Massaroni has also worked for the Brooklyn Nets, NY Mets and Westchester Knicks in the past few years in many different capacities.
“Patrick will do what-ever it takes to make our basketball program successful. He brings knowledge and a great work ethic to the sidelines of our great basketball program. His love for Stepinac HS and his passion for the game will be contagious in our basketball program. We would like to thank Steve Hermann for his work here at Stepinac with our basketball program.” said Michael O’Donnell- Director of Athletics Stepinac HS.