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Dr. John Giannini

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Head Coach

La Salle University
1900 West Olney Avenue 214 Hayman Center
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 19141
United States

Company Description: La Salle University is a Roman Catholic institution of higher education with traditions of the De La Salle Christian Brothers. In that framework, the Department of...   more

Employment History


  • masters , physical education
    North Texas
  • bachelor of arts degree , psychology
    North Central College
  • bachelor of arts degree , psychology
    North Texas
  • doctorate , kinesiology
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The guest of honor at the Oct. 30 event is Dr. John Giannini, head basketball coach at La Salle University.
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Dr. John Giannini Head Coach 215-951-1518 2004-05 Articles, 23 Feb 2005 [cached]
The team finishes at 10-19 in coach John Giannini first season with a 83-70 loss to the tournament hosts in a game played in Cincinnati's downtown arena.
If Steven Smith returns as expected and coach Giannini is able to bring in 4 quality recruits, the Explorers could make some serious noise next season.
Major credit is due to coach John Giannini and his staff.
Walk-on Matt Smith, the only Explorer senior, was honored with a start by coach John Giannini on Senior Day.
It was a great effort by the coaches, especially coach John Giannini , to get the team ready to play with only 2 days to prepare.
Coach John Giannini won his first game as Explorer coach.
Dr. John Giannini (Doctor G) from Maine is La Salle's 17th Coach in the 73 year recorded history of the program. He brings an impressive record and a positive attitude. He has been reported to be both a great motivator and recruiter. He will need all of those assets to be successful this year and beyond.
"We thought coming into this game ..., 6 Feb 2015 [cached]
"We thought coming into this game that Richmond was playing as well as any team in the Atlantic Ten," La Salle coach John Giannini said.
La Salle University Athletics - Staff Directory, 17 Nov 2014 [cached]
Dr. John Giannini La Salle University Athletics - Staff Directory
John Giannini
Dr. John Giannini Head Coach
Phone: 215-951-1518
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. La Salle’s 24 wins were the seventh most in the program’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 nation’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 authored 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.
He resides in Mullica Hill, N.J. with his wife Donna and daughters Brianna and Jamie.
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