Rollie Massimino, Northwood University Florida’s head men’s basketball coach will be among a group of inductees into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2013, in Kansas City on November 24th.
“The Class of 2013 includes some of the smartest and strongest players of the game, loyal coaches and influential contributors, many of whom are still integrally involved in the college game,” said Reggie Minton, Deputy Executive Director of the NABC and chair of the Hall of Fame selection panel.
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.
Massimino will be inducted along with fellow coaching legend Gene Keady of Purdue, former players Tom McMillan, Marques Johnson, Bob Hopkins, contributors George Raveling and George Killian and the entire 1963 Loyola University (Chicago) Team. Joining the group 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.
Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.
Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.