Even before the 2012-13 breakthrough, La Salle was gradually getting better and was competitive. If injuries had not decimated the 2009-10 team and if the Aaric Murray experiment had not gone so horribly wrong, La Salle might have actually gotten the notice it got this March a few years ago.
Well, after the three NCAA wins in 5 days and a run to the Sweet 16, the program has the notice now. And Thursday, its coach, Dr. John Giannini, was rewarded with a contract extension. Neither years nor dollars were revealed yesterday, but you can assume it was a lot of both.
"I think I have a great job," said Giannini, who led the Explorers to a 24-10 record. "It's an especially great job, because Brother Mike and Tom are good to me, and they appreciate me. When you look at the fact that you are coaching in a great league, a great city, the school has a great history and the people appreciate you, why wouldn't you be very happy?"
The business, Giannini knows, can be quite unpredictable. Something can be said for stability.
"You've seen a lot of crazy things happen in this business, a lot of things I think are unfair to a lot of coaches," Giannini said. "I think a lot of decisions are made that end up hurting programs for the long haul."
La Salle does not have the facilities or the budget of the vast majority of its A-10 competitors. But Giannini has recruited well and found a winning style for the program. That should get a coach rewarded. And it did.