Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
La Salle University announced that it has parted ways with head coach Dr. John Giannini.
“John is a great guy, always with the best interests of his student-athletes at heart, and he did his very best to advance the men’s basketball program at La Salle,” Bill Bradshaw, La Salle’s Athletic Director, said in a statement. “John made academic success a big part of his coaching philosophy—100% of the seniors he recruited have graduated, and La Salle finished in the top 10% in the nation for APR each of the past three years. We wish John and his family nothing but the best, and he will be remembered for his contributions to La Salle, on and off the court.”
“I am truly blessed to have the relationships, challenges, and achievements that come from 29 years of being a head coach. In my time, I have witnessed hundreds of coaching changes involving many terrific coaches and schools,” said Dr. Giannini. “Today Bill Bradshaw and I mutually agreed that La Salle University could benefit from a new voice in leading the program. It is difficult to admit this but I have given every effort possible for success and I have received nothing but support and encouragement from Bill and President Hanycz. Greater things may be accomplished for this storied program and great university with the approach of a new coach. I am forever grateful, especially to my loyal staff and dedicated student-athletes. I look forward to my next challenge and La Salle’s future success.”
Giannini arrived at La Salle in 2004 as the La Salle Explorer’s 18th head basketball coach and in his second year, the program completed its first winning season since 1992-93. In the 2011-12 season, La Salle won 21 games and went to the NIT. In the following season, the Explorers won 24 games, earning a trip to the NCAA tournament—their first appearance since 1992—where they advanced to the Sweet Sixteen and finished the year ranked 24th in the nation by the USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
In the 2017-18 season, Dr. Giannini achieved his 500th career victory. Giannini and Speedy Morris (1987-2001) both coached for 14 years, the longest tenures in the program’s history. Over his 14 years as head coach, the Explorers overall record was 212-226.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.