MANCHESTER, N.H. – Four of the five men's basketball head coaches Southern New Hampshire University has ever had will return to campus and gather at the SNHU Athletic Complex for "Coaches Corner" – a night of storytelling and memory sharing, Friday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.
Former New Hampshire College coaches Lou D'Allesandro, P.J. Carlesimo and Tom Sullivan will join current SNHU men's basketball head coach Stan Spirou, who is now in his 31st season at the helm. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. for the event, which will feature appetizers and a cash bar.
The event will be part of basketball opening weekend on campus as the women's basketball team plays host to Molloy College on Friday at 6 p.m. prior to Coaches Corner. The men's basketball team then tips off its home slate Saturday at 3 p.m. against Holy Family University as all four coaches will be honored at halftime. The men then close the basketball bonanza week with a 5 p.m. tilt against Philadelphia University on Sunday.
D'Allesandro was the men's basketball program's first ever head coach, serving from 1963-70 and again from 1972-75. D'Allesandro crafted a record of 183-77 (.704) over his 10 seasons at the end of the bench, leading the Penmen to GBSCAC titles in 1965 and 1966, as well as a runner-up finish in '67. D'Allesandro also guided the Penmen to the NEIBA tournament finals in 1968.
D'Allesandro went on to become a state Senator and has represented New Hampshire's 20th District since 1998. D'Allesandro also served as a House of Representatives member from 1975-81.
Carlesimo spent just one season as men's basketball coach at then-NHC, but delivered a 14-13 (.519) mark during the 1975-76 campaign, as well as a Mayflower Conference title.
Carlesimo parlayed his experience in Manchester into eventual head coaching positions with Wagner College and Seton Hall University, as well as the National Basketball Association's Portland Trailblazers, Golden State Warriors and Brooklyn Nets. Carlesimo also served as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Nets, earning NBA Championship rings in 2003, 2005 and 2007. Carlesimo is currently a television broadcaster and analyst for both TNT and Comcast SportsNet New England.
Sullivan spent nine seasons as head coach of the Penmen, compiling a record of 151-99 (.604) from 1976-85. Sullivan, who coached NHC during its first year as a member of NCAA Division II, helped capture back-to-back New England Regional Championships as he was named New England Coach of the Year in both 1980 and 1981.
Sullivan played center at Fordham University from 1968-72 before playing professionally in both Italy and Switzerland. After his stint with the Penmen, Sullivan went on to become the head coach at Manhattan College and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, before serving as an assistant coach for Seton Hall.
Spirou has been the head coach of the Penmen since 1985, amassing an overall record of 581-309 (.653) during his 30 seasons. Last season, Spirou earned his 16th NCAA Tournament appearance as the team made the Elite Eight for the fifth time during his tenure and the first time since 1995. Two years prior, Spirou guided the Penmen to their first ever Northeast-10 Championship tournament title and the seventh conference title the Penmen had won during his tenure. Under Spirou's tutelage, the Penmen captured six New England Collegiate Conference titles (1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999) and became the first team in league history to win three-in-a-row. Along with those three straight NECC Championships from 1993-95, Spirou also guided the club to three consecutive "Elite Eight" appearances during that stretch.
Spirou, who played college basketball at Keene State College, was the NECC Coach of the Year in 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1999, as well as the Division II Bulletin's national Coach of the Year in 1994. Spirou was inducted into the Queen City Sports Hall of Fame in 1995, New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 and AHEPA Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame in July, 2011
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