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Lou Carnesecca

Born: Jan 5, 1925

Birthplace: Manhattan

Profession: Coach

Nationality: United States

Lou Carnesecca

Date of Birth : Jan 5, 1925
Birth Place : Manhattan

Luigi P. "Lou" Carnesecca is a retired American college basketball coach at St. John's University. Carnesecca also coached at the professional level, leading the New York Nets of the American Basketball Association for three seasons. Carnesecca was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. He coached the St. John's basketball program to 526 wins and 200 losses over 24 seasons. The colorful "Looie" reached the post-season in every season he coached the team, including a Final Four appearance in 1985. He was selected as the National Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1985 by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Carnesecca is widely known for his sense of humor and his signature sweaters. In November 2004, St. John's University officially dedicated and renamed the historic Alumni Hall to Carnesecca Arena. Carnesecca graduated from St. John's in 1950. He also coached his high school alma mater, St. Ann's, where he was succeeded by Jack Curran. After beginning his coaching career at St. John's in 1965, Carnesecca jumped to the pro level.


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