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March 18, 1954 |
New York City, N.Y., U.S.
|1972–1977||City College (N.Y.)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|York (N.Y.) College (asst.)
Fort Lee HS (asst.)
Harry S. Truman HS
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Big East Regular Season Championship (1997)
Big East Tournament Championship (1995)
NIT Championship (1994)
MAAC Tournament Championship (1992)
Naismith College Coach of the Year (1995)
MAAC Coach of the Year (1992)
New York Daily News Coach of the Year (1981, 1984)
Steve Lappas (born March 18, 1954) is an American 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 280-237 (.542) record over a 17-year coaching career. He is currently a basketball color commentator and studio analyst for CBS Sports Network.
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 three-year letterwinner in basketball and served as the team's captain in his junior season. He graduated in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in primary education.
In 1977, Lappas started coaching at York (N.Y.) College as a volunteer, and moved to Fort Lee High School the next year, becoming an assistant. After one season, he assumed his first head coaching job with Harry S. Truman High School (in The Bronx), staying there through 1984. Lappas fashioned a 91-32 record, and was named New York Daily News Coach of the Year twice (1981 and 1984). Harry S. Truman High School won a New York State Class A championship under Lappas in the 1983–84 season, during which it was 27–3. In 1984 Lappas joined Rollie Massimino's staff at Villanova University.
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 an 8–6 record and winning the 1994 National Invitation Tournament. 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 a subsequent lack of success in the postseason. He became head coach of the University of Massachusetts on March 26, 2001. 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.
College coaching record
|Manhattan Jaspers (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) (1988–1992)|
|1991–92||Manhattan||25–9||13–3||1st||NIT Third Round|
|Villanova Wildcats (Big East Conference) (1992–2001)|
|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|
|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|
|UMass Minutemen (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2001–2005)|
* A-10 record includes a forfeit victory vs. St. Bonaventure, but season's overall win total does not include it.
National champion Conference regular season champion Conference tournament champion
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- "Sports People; Manhattan's Choice". The New York Times. 1988-05-12. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
- "Men's Basketball: Steve Lappas". Villanova University. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
- "Bennerman, Wildcats' Jones in race for NIT scoring record". The Daily Gazette. 1994-03-30. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
- "Lappas Hired to Replace Massimino". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 1992-04-15. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
- "Colleges Men's Basketball; Lappas Resigns At Villanova". The New York Times. 2001-03-25. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
- "UMass Announces Lappas' Contract Will Not Be Extended". University of Massachusetts. 2005-03-14. Retrieved 2010-08-16.