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Steve Lappas
Title Head coach
Sport Basketball
Born March 18, 1954 (1954-03-18) (age 55)
Place of birth New York City, N.Y., U.S.
Career highlights
Overall 237-143 (.624)
Championships
Big East Regular Season Championship (1997)
Big East Tournament Championship (1995)
NIT Championship (1994)
MAAC Tournament Championship (1992)
Awards
Naismith College Coach of the Year (1995)
MAAC Coach of the Year (1992)
New York Daily News Coach of the Year (1981, 1984)
Playing career
1972-1977 City College (N.Y.)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1977-1978
1978-1979
1979-1984
1984-1988
1988-1992
1992-2001
2001-2005
York (N.Y.) College (asst.)
Fort Lee HS (asst.)
Harry S. Truman HS
Villanova (asst.)
Manhattan
Villanova
Massachusetts

Steve Lappas (born March 18, 1954) is a college men's basketball coach. He coached at Manhattan College (1988–1992), Villanova University (1992-2001) and the University of Massachusetts (2001-2005), compiling a 237-143 (.624) record over a 17 years coaching career. He is currently a basketball color commentator and studio analyst for CBS College Sports.

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Biography

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Education

Lappas graduated from Bronx High School of Science in 1972, where he was sixth man on its 1971 city championship team and a starter as a prep senior. He went on to the City College of New York, where he was a two-year letterwinner in basketball and team captain as a junior. He graduated in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in primary education.

Coaching career

Lappas began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at York (N.Y.) College for one season, followed by a one-year stint as an assistant coach at Fort Lee High School. He then took over the reins of Harry S. Truman High School (in The Bronx) program in 1979, where he coached five seasons and fashioned a 91-32 record, including a 27-3 record in 1983-1984 when his squad captured the New York State Class A title. He was a two-time (1981 and 1984) New York Daily News Coach of the Year selection. In 1984 Lappas joined Rollie Massimino's staff at Villanova University.

Head coach

In 1988 Lappas became head coach at Manhattan College, where he turned around the program from a 7–21 season in 1988/89 to a 25–9 season and a berth to the 3rd round of the NIT in 1992. In 1992, he succeeded Rollie Massimino as head coach at Villanova, where he guided the team to seven postseason tournament appearances (four NCAA, three NIT), posting a 8–6 record. In 2001, he resigned as head coach after Villanova declined to sign him for a long term contract due to multiple years of poor recruiting, and subsequent lack of success in the postseason. He became head coach of the University of Massachusetts on March 26, 2001.[1] In four seasons at UMass, the Minutemen struggled under Lappas, and finished with a record of 50-65. His contract was not renewed and he was let go on March 14, 2005.[2]

College coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Manhattan Jaspers (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) (1988–1992)
1988-89 Manhattan 7-21 3-11 7th
1989-90 Manhattan 11-17 7-9 T-3rd
1990-91 Manhattan 13-15 8-8 5th
1991-92 Manhattan 25-9 13-3 1st NIT 3rd Round
Manhattan: 56-62 31-31
Villanova (Big East Conference) (1992–2001)
1992-93 Villanova 8-19 3-15 10th
1993-94 Villanova 20-12 10-8 T-4th NIT Champions
1994-95 Villanova 25-8 14-4 2nd NCAA First Round
1995-96 Villanova 26-7 14-4 2nd NCAA Second Round
1996-97 Villanova 24-10 12-6 T-1st NCAA Second Round
1997-98 Villanova 12-17 8-10 4th
1998-99 Villanova 21-11 10-8 T-4th NCAA First Round
1999-00 Villanova 20-13 8-8 T-6th NIT Second Round
2000-01 Villanova 18-13 8-8 T-3rd NIT First Round
Villanova: 174-110 87-71
UMass Minutemen (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2001–2005)
2001-02 UMass 13-16 6-10 4th East
2002-03* UMass 11-18 6-10 4th East
2003-04 UMass 10-19 4-12 4th East
2004-05 UMass 16-12 9-7 3rd East
UMass: 50-65 21-39

* Also includes a forfeit victory vs. St. Bonaventure, which does not count toward the overall record.

Total: 237-143

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

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