Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Mark Calzonetti returns for his second stint as assistant coach of Iona and his fourth season on head coach Tim Cluess' staff. He returns after spending three seasons at LIU Brooklyn.
In the first year of his second stint with Iona, Mark was instrumental in the growth of All-MAAC Second Team performer Jordan Washington. Over the course of 31 games, Washington averaged 14.2 points per game, shooting 51.4% from the floor.
At LIU Brooklyn, under head coach Jack Perri, the Blackbirds won the 2013 Northeast Conference Championship in Calzonetti's first season and took on James Madison in the first round of the NCAA Championship that season.
In his two years at Iona he helped mentor the Gaels to a 50-20 record, the second-best two-season win total in the 70+ history of the program. Calzonetti played a key role in all facets of the Iona program including recruiting, advance scouting, practice and game planning. He coached four all conference performers in two seasons including graduates Mike Glover, Scott Machado and Kyle Smyth and rising senior Lamont Jones. Glover, Jones, Machado were also All-Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA) selections. The Gaels earned the MAAC regular season championship in 2012, posting a 15-3 conference mark to match the program record for MAAC victories.
Cluess announced the appointment of Calzonetti as an assistant coach on Apr. 28, 2010. Calzonetti came to New Rochelle after spending the previous 11 seasons at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ.
At Monmouth, Calzonetti helped guide the Hawks to three Northeast Conference Tournament championships and three trips to the NCAA Tournament, while also claiming two NEC regular season titles. He was primarily responsible for handling the program's frontcourt players along with recruiting.
Calzonetti mentored several All-NEC and NEC All-Rookie Team members in his tenure with the Hawks including standout Blake Hamilton, the 2005 NEC Player of the Year, All-Met First Team and AP All-America honorable mention honoree. During the 2005-06 season, Monmouth won the NEC Championship as a No. 3 seed and earned its first NCAA Tournament victory in an opening round matchup over Hampton University.
Calzonetti has extensive international experience. He has recruited in England, France, Israel, Austria and the Netherlands and has helped run clinics in China and France.
No stranger to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Calzonetti spent seven seasons at Fairfield prior to his stint at Monmouth. During his tenure with the Stags, he helped build the program into a perennial contender in the MAAC.
In his first season in 1992-93, the Stags improved their victory total by six, earning their first winning season in seven years. In 1995, Fairfield reached the conference semifinals and in the next season earned the regular-season MAAC title. After falling in the tournament championship game, the Stags earned a National Invitation Tournament (NIT), the school's first post-season appearance since 1987. The following year, after injuries hampered the team all season, the Stags became the first No. 8 seed to win the MAAC Tournament. Fairfield earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament where they battled top-seeded North Carolina to the final minute before falling, 82-74.
Before arriving at Fairfield, Calzonetti was an assistant coach at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, WA and at St. Michael's College in Colchester, VT. He began his coaching career at his alma mater Bentley in Waltham, MA.
A 1985 graduate of Bentley, Calzonetti was a standout for the Falcons. During his two seasons at Bentley, the team compiled a 43-15 record. In his senior season, Calzonetti guided the team to the NCAA Division II tournament and a No. 13 national ranking in the final poll. Calzonetti was the team leader in every offensive category and was selected as the South Jersey College Player of the Year by the Courier Post.
Calzonetti is married to the former Shannon Thompson, and the couple has two sons, Cooper and Riley.
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