Dr. John Giannini
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Dr. John Giannini
Those two phrases can sum up the career of La Salle head coach Dr. John Giannini, who completed his tenth season at the school in 2013-14.
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.
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.
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
The team's APR (Academic Progress Rate) has improved each season under Giannini
and 100% of seniors recruited by the head coach have graduated.
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.
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.
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."
came to Philadelphia after an impressive eight year run at the University of Maine
built the Black Bears into a perennial force in the America East Conference.
compiled the best record of any coach in UMaine history.
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
served on Lou Henson's staff at the University of Illinois
was a two-time all-conference player at North Central
and remains sixth on the school's all-time rebounding list.
is the all-time leader in games played and his
21 rebounds in a game remain fifth in program history.
resides in Mullica Hill, N.J. with his
wife Donna and daughters Brianna and Jamie.