April 3, 2013 |
Rollie Massimino loves this time of the season, the NCAA tournament, and the Final Four, which obviously bring back memories of the crowning achievement in a coaching career that has reached 57 years. Massimino, who won 357 games in 19 seasons as Villanova head coach and led the Wildcats to the 1985 national championship, was named as one of the inductees into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place Nov. 24 in Kansas City, Mo. The official announcement came Monday, the 28th anniversary of the Wildcats' 66-64 victory over Georgetown for the national championship.
March 19, 2015 |
The march and the madness are about to begin and Rollie Massimino plans to be by Villanova's side every step of the way. If the bracket he filled out is correct, the final step will be followed by a net-cutting celebration April 6 on the court at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. "I got them winning it all," Massimino said by telephone from his South Florida home Tuesday. He claims to be pretty good at filling out the brackets, too. Massimino, 80, said that in his younger days he was able to name 63 of the 65 teams before the selection committee announced them.
November 5, 2008 |
ONLY TWO PLAYERS on Northwood's basketball team had been born when its only coach, Rollie Massimino, took Villanova on that ever-enduring national title run in 1985. But he tells them all the stories. Many of which involve the Spectrum, the Wildcats' home away from their Fieldhouse (and later the Pavilion). They played there four times in the championship season, including two-point losses to both Georgetown and St. John's. Tomorrow night, he's giving the Seahawks their first look, and quite likely their last, at the building, which is scheduled to be razed on an as-yet-unspecified date.
November 12, 2006 |
Rollie Massimino was stomping down the sideline, balling his hands into fists and working up a sweat. Massimino, who led Villanova to its "perfect game" in the 1985 NCAA championship game upset of Georgetown, was back to himself last night, coaching for the first time against his former Wildcats, as the head coach of Northwood University. There was no miracle for the coach, who turns 72 tomorrow - except for maybe the fact that he was back on the basketball court instead of basking in retirement.
February 27, 1995 |
Next Sunday, former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino will return to the Palestra, the very place he got his start in college coaching. Back in the early 1970s, Massimino was, for a time, a rather anonymous assistant at Penn. Much has changed. Next month will mark the 10-year anniversary of Villanova and Massimino's amazing run to the 1985 national championship. But Rollie will not be returning to town as a hero. He will be returning as a color commentator for all four Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinal games on Sunday as well as the two semifinals on Monday.
May 25, 2005 |
Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright said yesterday that he is close to naming an associate head coach to replace Fred Hill, who left the Wildcats in April to take a similar position at Rutgers. One possibility is that Wright will promote from within, elevating assistant Brett Gunning to associate head coach and moving Pat Chambers from coordinator of basketball operations to an assistant's position. Ed Pinckney, a star on Villanova's 1985 national championship squad, is also on Wright's staff.
October 22, 2014 |
Rollie Massimino will be back coaching at the Pavilion in a couple of weeks. Nine days after that - Nov. 13, to be precise - he will turn 80 years old. The man who coached Villanova for 19 years, and during that one marvelous, mystical April Fool's evening in 1985, has not slowed down and has no plans of retiring even as he continues a battle against cancer. "I went to visit [former Florida State football coach] Bobby Bowden a few years ago and he was up on top of the tower coaching," Massimino said.
March 15, 1986 |
He was a man preparing to play Georgia Tech, a man talking about this year. But there was a funny tone to the questions people were asking Rollie Massimino yesterday. They were asking not about Georgia Tech, but about Michigan, about Georgetown, about Lexington, Ky. About memories. They were asking not about this year, but about last year. It didn't seem to matter that this was a different Villanova team, a team that Rollie Massimino frankly admitted wasn't as good as the one that toppled an NCAA tournament full of giants last year.
November 7, 2008 |
Villanova welcomed back former coach Rollie Massimino for an evening of reminiscing and exhibition basketball, but the real news for the Wildcats last night came off the court. Villanova coach Jay Wright said senior forward Shane Clark underwent arthroscopic surgery yesterday to clean out loose particles in his right knee at Bryn Mawr Hospital. He will be out for four to six weeks. Clark, who averaged 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds last season, had been practicing but felt it best "to have a minor procedure to ensure that this problem doesn't persist during the season," Wright said.
April 3, 1992 |
Manhattan coach Steve Lappas was not about to wait by the phone for Villanova to contact him. He has taken the initiative and applied for the head coaching position there. Lappas, who served as an assistant under Rollie Massimino from 1984-88, is credited with turning the once-struggling Manhattan program into a contender in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. This season, Lappas coached the Jaspers to the finals of the MAAC Tournament, where they lost to La Salle, and then to the quarterfinals of the NIT. Manhattan finished the season 25-9.