Sept. 15, 2010
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola University Maryland Men's Basketball Head Coach Jimmy Patsos today named Luke D'Alessio as the newest assistant coach to join the Greyhounds' staff. D'Alessio moves into the position immediately and will assist with all aspects of the program, including recruiting, scouting and player development.
"We're very fortunate to have someone with Luke's background to join our program," Patsos said in making the appointment. "To add someone to our staff with the head coaching experience that Luke has will benefit us greatly. He has done it all at Division II, Division III, JUCO and professionally overseas and there is no substitute for being able to tap into his knowledge and experience."
D'Alessio is best known for his success at Division II Bowie State, where he compiled a 199-96 record over 10 seasons that included three consecutive trips to the National Tournament (2002-2005) and a trip to the 2003 NCAA Division II Final Four. In his second season, he led the Bulldogs to their first winning record (19-9) in 30 seasons and the NCAA appearances were the first in the history of the school.
"I'm very appreciative of the opportunity that Jimmy is giving me," D'Alessio said. "I'm looking forward to working at Loyola. It is a great opportunity personally and professionally and I feel at home being in Baltimore."
Prior to his stop in Bowie, he spent six years at CCBC-Catonsville where he led a turnaround in the program following 14 consecutive losing seasons. By his third season in 1995-1996, the Cardinals were 28-7 to begin a string of four straight 20-win seasons. That year ended with a trip to the JUCO Elite Eight following a Region XX Championship. D'Alessio's record during his tenure at CCBC-Catonsville was 124-52 (.700).
His previous coaching stop prior to joining the staff at Loyola was as the head coach of the UCC Blue Demons, a professional team based in Cork, Ireland. In one season (2009-2010), he led the Blue Demons to a 16-8 final record (.667), advancing to the semifinals of the national league championship playoffs.
One of a long line of college coaches who learned under Jack Bruen at The Catholic University of America, D'Alessio was a two-time all-conference player for the Cardinals while scoring 936 points. After a short stint as the junior varsity coach at Good Counsel HS following his playing days, he returned to his alma mater to spend six seasons as an assistant, serving under both Bruen (1986-1989) and Bob Valvano (1989-1992).
D'Alessio gets his first look at the Greyhounds when preseason practice convenes on October 15. Loyola opens exhibition play on Thursday, November 4, when it hosts Shepherd University at 7 o'clock in Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds commence the regular season with a home contest against Drexel University on Friday, November 12.