A comprehensive Catholic University located six miles from downtown Philadelphia, La Salle was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order which St. La Salle founded in 1680. Shaped by t
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Those two phrases can sum up the career of La Salle head coach Dr. John Giannini, who completed his 13th season at the school in 2016-17.Giannini is La Salle's all-time winningest coach in Atlantic 10 play and has produced the program's only winning A-10 records since joining the league in 1995-96.He is also the winningest coach in the University of Maine's history.When he left Rowan University, Giannini was the winningest active NCAA Division III head coach.
In 2012-13, Giannini guided the Explorers to a NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance with three wins in five days and a #24 national ranking in the final USA Today/Coaches Poll.
La Salleâ€™s 24 wins were the seventh most in the programâ€™s rich 82-year history and the most since 1990.
The Blue and Gold knocked off three nationally-ranked teams during the 2012-13 season, including #9/9 Butler, #19/16 VCU and #12/14 Kansas State.
A program-record 11 Atlantic 10 wins tied for third in the nationâ€™s seventh-best conference.
Giannini was named the Big 5 Coach of the Year in 2013 after leading the Explorers to a share of the Big 5 title.Â
In 2011-12, Giannini led La Salle to its first postseason appearance in 20 years with an appearance in the NIT.
Academic success is also a major emphasis of Giannini's coaching philosophy.
The team's APR (Academic Progress Rate) has improved each season under Giannini and 100% of seniors recruited by the head coach have graduated.
Giannini is involved in many leadership activities.
He is a member of the board of trustees at his alma mater, North Central College, and served on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Congress and on the NABC Committee for Recruiting Rules and Access.At Rowan University, he was a member of the faculty senate.He authoredÂ Court Sense: Winning Basketball's Mental Game, published by Human Kinetics in 2008 and published articles for academic research journals and practical coaching publications.
He has also taught courses at the University of Maine and Rowan University.Giannini was introduced as the 18th head coach in the history of Explorer men's basketball on August 23, 2004.
"John Giannini has earned respect as a coach and as a person wherever he has been," said former La Salle President Brother Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C, Ph.D. "He recognizes, and believes in, the prominent place that values and academics have at La Salle."He came to Philadelphia after an impressive eight year run at the University of Maine where he built the Black Bears into a perennial force in the America East Conference.
During his tenure, Giannini compiled the best record of any coach in UMaine history.
His teams made five trips to the America East semifinals or better in his final six seasons and made appearances in the AEC's championship in game two of his last three seasons in Orono.
Before becoming the head coach at Rowan, Giannini served on Lou Henson's staff at the University of Illinois from 1987-89.
Giannini was a two-time all-conference player at North Central and remains sixth on the school's all-time rebounding list.
He is the all-time leader in games played and his 21 rebounds in a game remain fifth in program history.Â
He resides in Mullica Hill, N.J. with his wife Donna and daughters Brianna and Jamie.
Also on this day, John Manfredo Giannini is born in Chicago.He coached Rowan University (formerly Glassboro State College) to the Division III National Championship in 1996.
That got him hired as head coach at the University of Maine, and he is now the head coach at La Salle University, one of Philadelphia's college basketball "Big 5."
Cancer has a unique edge, with all six coaches uniting their time and effort to raise funds and awareness to beat this disease: Fran Dunphy of Temple University, Phil Martelli of Saint Joseph's University, Jerome Allen of University of Pennsylvania, Jay Wright of Villanova University, John Giannini of La Salle University and Bruiser Flint of Drexel University.
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