Charlotte, NC -Johnson & Wales Charlotte has hired James Casciano as the third men's basketball Head Coach in program history. He comes to Johnson & Wales after spending the previous two years as men's basketball Head Coach at the University of Maine-Presque Isle in Presque Isle, ME.
In his over 30 year collegiate coaching career, Casciano has the rare distinction of having coached at every level of both two and four-year colleges. He's led the programs at two-year schools Valley Forge Military and Union County College (NJ), NAIA program Castleton State, Division III King's College (PA) and NJIT, who transitioned from Division II to Division I during his tenure. His most recent post at Maine-Presque Isle saw the Owls maintain dual affiliations with Division III and the USCAA.
Casciano, known as a great rebuilder of programs, has over 275 career wins as a head coach. He has been named conference coach of the year on two separate occasions. His teams have advanced to postseason play at four of his previous head coaching stints.
In addition to his head coaching duties, Casciano will also assume an administrative role within the Athletic Department. He is no stranger to this role, as he served as an Assistant Athletic Director at both Maine-Presque Isle and NJIT. JWU Athletic Director Stephen Byrd says, "Coach Casciano brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience, and will be a tremendous asset to the men's basketball program and our institution in general."
Casciano began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant to Rollie Massimino at Villanova. He also served as an assistant coach at Delaware, Washington & Lee, Old Dominion, and Radford. Casciano played collegiately at Drexel, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1977.
When he is not in the gym coaching basketball, Casciano is writing about it. He has been published six times to date, and has penned articles about his basketball philosophies that have been printed in Winning Hoops, Coaching Basketball, The Basketball Clinic, and The Basketball Bulletin.
He is married to wife, Daphne, and the two will make their move to the Charlotte area in July.