January 5, 1925|
New York, New York
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1958–1965||St. John's (assistant)|
|1970–1973||New York Nets|
|Head coaching record|
205–34 (high school)|
17–20 (NCAA Division I)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
2 CHSAA (1952, 1958)|
5 Big East regular season (1980, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1992)
2 Big East Tournament (1983, 1986)
2× Henry Iba Award (1983, 1985)|
NABC Coach of the Year (1983)
UPI Coach of the Year (1985)
3× Big East Coach of the Year (1983, 1985, 1986)
Basketball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 1992 (profile)
College Basketball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 2006
Luigi P. Carnesecca (born January 5, 1925) 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 (1965–70, 1973–92). The colorful "Looie" (as he was popularly known by fans and by the media) 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 served for three years in the US Coast Guard during World War II. He then enrolled at St. John's and graduated in 1950. He also coached his high school alma mater, St. Ann's (now academic and athletic powerhouse Archbishop Molloy High School), where he was succeeded by Jack Curran.
After beginning his coaching career at St. John's in 1965, Carnesecca jumped to the pro level. In the 1970–71, 1971–72 and 1972–73 seasons, Carnesecca coached the New York Nets of the defunct American Basketball Association (ABA), now the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 1971–72 Nets reached the ABA Finals, where they were defeated by the Indiana Pacers. Carnesecca returned to St. John's in 1973.
Carnesecca was also a longtime announcer for the USA Network's coverage of the yearly NBA drafts of the 1980s.
Head coaching record
|St. Ann's Academy / Archbishop Molloy High School (Catholic High School Athletic Association) (1950–1958)|
|1951–52||St. Ann's||24–6||CHSAA Champion|
|1953–54||St. Ann's||29–1||CHSAA Final|
|1955–56||St. Ann's||26–4||CHSAA Final|
|1957–58||Archbishop Molloy||32–0||CHSAA Champion|
|St. Ann's / Archbishop Molloy:||205–34 (.858)|
Postseason invitational champion
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win–loss %|
|Post season||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win–loss %|
|NYN||1971||84||40||44||.476||3rd in Eastern||6||2||4||.333||Lost in ABA Division Semifinals|
|NYN||1972||84||44||40||.524||3rd in Eastern||19||10||9||.526||Lost in ABA Finals|
|NYN||1973||84||30||54||.357||4th in Eastern||5||1||4||.200||Lost in ABA Division Semifinals|
- "At St. John's, Carnesecca has been part of the neighborhood for nearly 45 years". tribunedigital-baltimoresun. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 3, 2013. Retrieved February 22, 2013.