CollectionsJohn Giannini
IN THE NEWS

John Giannini

FEATURED ARTICLES
SPORTS
March 21, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nothing is given, it must be earned. John Giannini learned that early. His father had made it to Chicago from Italy in his 20s and found the opportunity he sought in the plumbing trade. The colder the Chicago nights, the more likely Manfredo Giannini would be called out to fix water main breaks. "He had real rough hands," Giannini said this week, standing inside Tom Gola Arena. "He had a huge swollen elbow just from overuse. Then he had a nice little side business. He always prayed for rain because when people's basements flooded, the word was out, if you needed a sump, call Fred Giannini.
SPORTS
February 18, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
La Salle coach John Giannini was on I-295 late Saturday afternoon, headed for Swedesboro to join his wife and two daughters for dinner along with a couple of longtime friends - a husband and wife Giannini said he has known since his days coaching at Rowan. "They know if we lost, all bets are off," Giannini said as he drove. The rest of the group still would have made it to the Italian place close to his home but they'd have needed one fewer seat. "I'm sitting in the office with my staff trying to figure out what went wrong [if we lose]
SPORTS
March 31, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - Watching La Salle fall one more upset short of becoming the first No. 13 seed to reach the NCAA Elite Eight, you could argue three Explorers NCAA wins are testament to a school showing patience with a coach, since John Giannini got to March Madness in his ninth season on Olney Avenue. Or maybe it was a coach showing patience with a school. Forget what you just saw. Did you think La Salle was a place where such a run was possible? Was anybody convinced that the Explorers could recruit the players necessary to compete in the Atlantic Ten, let alone make an NCAA run?
SPORTS
July 24, 2015 | Staff Report
LA SALLE released its nonconference basketball schedule Wednesday, which includes a visit by coach John Giannini to the school where he won a Division III championship. The Explorers will visit Rowan University on Saturday, Nov. 28, to mark the 20th anniversary of the Profs' 1996 national championship team Giannini coached. "Rowan gave me my first opportunity to be a head coach, and the people and players there had an enormously positive effect on my life," Giannini said. He coached the Profs from 1989-96, compiling a record of 168-38.
SPORTS
November 30, 2004 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
His first opportunity to sign high school basketball players to letters of intent has come and gone, and new La Salle coach John Giannini doesn't have anything to show for it. La Salle isn't exactly the hot hoops destination right now, after a summer of scandal, a coaching change, players arrested on sexual-assault charges, and a decade of losing seasons. But it's not quite that simple. "There were only four players in the area that we thought could definitely make us a better team," Giannini said.
SPORTS
November 29, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The other day, Rowan University basketball coach Joe Cassidy sat on the team bus, crawling behind a school bus in Mullica Hill, his Profs headed for a game across the Commodore Barry Bridge. The coach talked on the phone about the play that changed everything. "Demetrius is two seats in front of me right now," Cassidy said over the phone. "Guess what we're talking about?" Cassidy shouted ahead to Poles, now a Rowan assistant. The play has everything to do with Saturday's big local hoop event, La Salle at Rowan.
SPORTS
December 1, 2004 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Time was running out last night, and the noise in La Salle University's Tom Gola Arena was growing. The Explorers were about to notch the first victory of the John Giannini coaching era. Facing Southern California in its third game of the season, La Salle built a comfortable first-half lead and went on to register a 71-62 victory before an appreciative crowd of 2,638. In a season that started with the Explorers trying to forget about - and overcome - an off-season scandal in which three former players were arrested on sexual-assault charges and their ex-coach was fired, last night's win was a big one. "I've been talking to faculty members, alumni and students, and that was a win for the whole La Salle family," said athletic director Tom Brennan, who hired Giannini away from Maine to lead the restoration of the program.
SPORTS
July 11, 2013
Jordan Price, who played one basketball season at Auburn, is transferring to La Salle and will be eligible for the 2014-15 season. He will sit out next season. The 6-5 Price, from Decatur, Ga., averaged 5.4 points per game and shot 39 percent on threes as a freshman. "Jordan is high in character and talent and comes from a great family," said La Salle coach John Giannini. "We are committed to pushing Jordan to reach his full potential as an all-around player. " Price matched an SEC record by making 11 threes in a row last December.
SPORTS
February 17, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
AFTER NEARLY two decades at La Salle, what Tom Brennan cherishes most are the relationships. "For me, working in athletics, it's always been an opportunity to make a difference," he said on Monday, after the university announced he will no longer be its athletic director once the basketball season is over. "On one level, you help transform the lives of students. You get to connect with lots of different stakeholders, as we call them. And that's what's really rewarding, to be in that kind of a position.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
ARTICLES BY DATE
SPORTS
May 15, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
Some of Joe Cassidy's best memories as a college basketball coach are captured from the same angle: Off to the side and slightly in the background. There's Rowan coach John Giannini and the Profs celebrating the program's only national title in 1996. Cassidy is there, an assistant coach reveling in the moment. There's Giannini and the Profs making the NCAA Division III Final Four in 1993 and 1995, taking the program to unprecedented heights in advance of that breakthrough in 1996.
SPORTS
April 27, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
WHEN YOU go 0-6 in the city, have the worst loss in school history, finish last in the Atlantic 10, get your only true road win against Rowan, lose to Philadelphia University in an exhibition game and are 9-22, you need drastic changes. La Salle will start next season with its top six scorers returning and six new players, four transfers and two freshmen recruits. Some of those top six scorers are going to find it harder to get playing time. The changes appear to be, in many cases, upgrades.
SPORTS
March 11, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
NEW YORK - La Salle has been playing in the Atlantic 10 since 1995-96. During that time, the Explorers have won more than one game in the conference tournament exactly once. That was in 2002, the first of coach Billy Hahn's three seasons, when they beat Fordham and Temple at the Spectrum before getting sent home by Richmond in the semifinals. Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, in the last of the four second-round matchups, the Explorers had an opportunity to do it again, three years after they'd won three NCAA games in five days.
SPORTS
February 29, 2016 | By Jake Kaplan, For The Inquirer
Jordan Price often found himself thinking about "Uncle Johnny" as he led La Salle to its 76-68 win against George Mason on Saturday. Just a few hours before the 2 p.m. tipoff at Tom Gola Arena, the Explorers' guard attended the funeral for Johnny Harris, a close family friend who died Tuesday. "I just wanted to come out here and just play for him and honor him," Price, 21, said minutes after his game-high 24 points keyed last-place La Salle to just its third win in Atlantic Ten play.
SPORTS
February 26, 2016 | Dick Jerardi, Staff Writer
Everything is relative with this season's La Salle team, which has dealt with six- and 10-game losing streaks and had won just twice since Thanksgiving weekend. Trying to win two of three (even if the middle game was a 40-point loss) may not seem like much, but when you are closing on 20 losses, any good news is a positive. When the game turned toward Fordham in the second half Wednesday night at Tom Gola Arena and the Rams built a 10-point lead, a comeback, given all that had gone down, did not seem very likely.
SPORTS
February 25, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
As his team has suffered one frustrating loss after another, La Salle junior Jordan Price has had to readjust his thinking. Where winning once may have been taken for granted, this season Price has found how difficult it can be to accumulate a simple W. So when La Salle upset St. Bonaventure, 71-64, on Feb. 17 to snap a 10-game losing streak, Price rediscovered the joy of winning. "It was a rare feeling for us this year, and you just try to enjoy it as much as you can," Price said.
SPORTS
February 19, 2016 | By Mark Perner, CORRESPONDENT
ON PAPER, La Salle was due for another blowout loss Wednesday night. Losers of 10 straight games - all by double digits - and 17 of 18 overall, the Explorers faced a St. Bonaventure squad that had won five straight, was 17-6 overall and on the NCAA Tournament bubble. Good thing for the Explorers that the game was played on wood inside Tom Gola Arena. Somehow, the Explorers overcame their 17 turnovers (to just 11 for the Bonnies), a 4-minute, 59-second stretch midway through the second half in which they didn't score a basket, and still came away with an impressive, 71-64 Atlantic 10 win. "Obviously we beat a very good team who's been playing very well and we gave a great effort," La Salle coach John Giannini said.
SPORTS
February 17, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
AFTER NEARLY two decades at La Salle, what Tom Brennan cherishes most are the relationships. "For me, working in athletics, it's always been an opportunity to make a difference," he said on Monday, after the university announced he will no longer be its athletic director once the basketball season is over. "On one level, you help transform the lives of students. You get to connect with lots of different stakeholders, as we call them. And that's what's really rewarding, to be in that kind of a position.
SPORTS
February 8, 2016 | By Jeff Neiburg, For The Inquirer
The four of them sit at the end of the La Salle bench and provide some context to the struggles of this season and perhaps a glimpse as to what the Explorers of next season, with a full bench, might look like. La Salle coach John Giannini has mentioned multiple times that he "overestimated" and "misevaluated" some things while "under-recruiting" this group, blaming himself for what's become a lost season on Olney Avenue. He's talked about those four guys, though: transfers B.J. Johnson (Syracuse)
SPORTS
February 5, 2016 | By Jeff Neiburg, For The Inquirer
With their matching white headbands, dark shoes and white socks, Korey Billbury and Jordan Price looked like twins wearing different colors on the floor of Tom Gola Arena. For large portions of the game, wherever Price was on the La Salle offensive end, Billbury stood right with him, making it nearly impossible to get the ball in the hands of La Salle's leading scorer, let alone get him a good look at the basket. Virginia Commonwealth, the top team in the Atlantic Ten, knew the best way to beat the Explorers, the league's cellar-dweller: keep the league's second-leading scorer off the scoreboard as much as possible.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
|
|
|
|
|