Explorers name Giannini new men’s basketball coach
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – La Salle University Monday named Dr. John
Giannini as its new men’s head basketball coach.
Giannini becomes the 18th head coach in the 74-year history of the men’s
basketball program. He had been the coach at Maine for the past eight seasons,
compiling a 125-111 mark.
The 41-year-old guided the Black Bears to the only two 20-win seasons in
school history and two America East Conference titles. His .530 winning
percentage is the best in school history.
“We are very pleased that our search for a head coach yielded Dr. John
Giannini,” said athletic director Dr. Thomas Brennan. “He is not only a great
basketball coach but he also has the background and the character that we want
to see out of the coach that will head our program. One of the things that
really impressed us was his record and ability to build and sustain a program.
We were also very pleased with his ability to manage a wide array of issues
related to the development of student-athletes.”
Prior to his stint at Maine, Giannini posted an impressive 168-38 record in
seven seasons at Division III Rowan in New Jersey. He led the Profs to the
national championship while winning coach of the year honors in 1996.
Giannini replaces Billy Hahn, who along with women’s basketball coach John
Miller resigned on July 24 amid allegations of rape involving former men’s
basketball players and a former member of the women’s club.
Michael Cleaves and leading scorer Gary Neal are awaiting trial on rape
and other related charges for the June incident. Both players are no
longer students at the school.
The former women’s team member reported to police in late June that she had
been raped in April 2003 by a member of the men’s team. That woman is said to
have told the coaches of the incident.
It is unclear whether the coaches, Hahn and Miller, reported the incident to
their superiors, but according to federal law, the coaches are required to
tell the complaintant of her rights to contact the police.
In three seasons at the helm of the Explorers, Hahn recorded a 37-53 mark
and had three seasons remaining on his contract. Including a stint as head
coach at Ohio University, Hahn’s overall record is 79-99.