Northwood University (Fla.) head men’s basketball coach Rollie Massimino is among a group of inductees into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2013, joining former United States Congressman Tom McMillen, 1977 national consensus player of the year Marques Johnson of UCLA, and fellow coaching legend Gene Keady of Purdue. Joining them for enshrinement will be Bob Hopkins of Grambling, and contributors George Raveling of Nike and George Killian of FIBA. In addition, the barrier-breaking 1963 Loyola University (Chicago) team will become the first team inducted. The ceremony is scheduled for November 24 in Kansas City. Massimino coached for 30 years at the NCAA level. He began his coaching career at Stony Brook where he compiled a 34-16 record in two years. His next stop was at Villanova, where he spent 19 years as the Wildcats’ coach and amassed 355 wins. Massimino’s 1984-85 Villanova team defeated conference rival Georgetown in the NCAA championship game in one of the greatest upsets in tournament history. In addition to the national title, Massimino’s teams won five conference championships and received 12 NCAA tournament bids. He went on to coach at UNLV and Cleveland State for nine years.
Massimino came to Northwood and created the basketball program in 2005 and began varsity competition in 2006. In seven years at Northwood, Massimino has amassed a 201-42 record, won six Sun Conference regular season championships, and a Sun Conference tournament championship. The Seahawks have made seven consecutive NAIA National Tournament appearances, including back-to-back Final Four trips and a National Championship Runner-Up under Massimino’s guidance.
During the 2012-13 season, Massimino registered his 700th career win, becoming the 36th coach to reach the 700th win milestone, and became only the third coach to have 700 wins and an NCAA championship, joining Mike Kryzyzekswi of Duke, and Jim Boeheim of Syracuse.
- Chris Kendrick