Manhattan retains Steve Masiello as head coach

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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Steve Masiello will be back as the head coach of Manhattan.

After losing his opportunity to become the head coach at South Florida because of a discrepancy in his resume, Masiello and Manhattan have agreed on a deal that allows Masiello to return as the head coach once he completes his undergraduate degree.

"I am extremely grateful and humbled by the opportunity to continue as the head men's basketball coach at Manhattan College,” Masiello said in a statement. “I made a mistake that could have cost me my job at an institution I love. Details matter. Manhattan College has shown me a great deal of compassion and trust during this process, and I will do everything in my power to uphold that trust. I understand that I am very fortunate to have the chance to remain here at Manhattan.”

Masiello will be on unpaid leave until he completes his undergrad degree from the University of Kentucky. Associate head coach Matt Grady will be at the helm until Masiello returns.

"After an extensive review of the situation and extenuating circumstances, we determined that Mr. Masiello executed poor judgment but did not intentionally misrepresent himself in applying to the College," school president Brennan O'Donnell said. "After participating in graduation ceremonies at the University of Kentucky, he enrolled in summer courses with the intention of completing his degree, but never followed through to make sure that the degree was awarded. We appreciate the counsel of all involved in assessing this complex situation. Our policy was always that the coach must have at least a four-year undergraduate degree. We are confident that Mr. Masiello will be able to complete his degree this summer and return soon thereafter to resume his duties.”

Masiello had agreed on a five-year deal to become the next head coach of South Florida, but discussions fell apart when the USF-hired search firm found a discrepancy in his background check. Masiello's resume indicated that he graduated from Kentucky in 2000, when in fact he never did.

Masiello has been at Manhattan for three seasons, leading the Jaspers to the NCAA Tournament this season.

 
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