Jared Grasso is in his seventh season in New Rochelle, and sixth as associate head coach at Iona College. He has helped mentor the Gaels to 161-77 record, the best seven-year stretch in the 75-plus year history of the program.
Iona has earned 20 or more victories in all seven seasons, shattering the previous MAAC record for consecutive 20-win seasons. The Maroon & Gold also appeared in a postseason tournament each season including four NCAAs, two NITs and a CIT championship game appearance. The Gaels have won three MAAC tournament championships and three regular season titles.
Since 2012, Grasso - who serves as the Gaels' recruiting coordinator - has recruited eight players named to All-Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Teams. In 2012, Iona's Mike Glover and Lamont Jones, Fordham's Chris Gaston and Hofstra's Mike Moore were recognized among the top NCAA Division I players in the New York Metropolitan Area. The next season, Jones was joined by Sean Armand and David Laury on the 2012-13 All-Met Team. In 2013-14, Armand, Laury and A.J. English and in 2014-15, the Iona trio was English, Laury and freshman Schadrac Casimir.
Grasso has also helped develop three MAAC Players of the Year and two Haggerty Award Winners Scott Machado (2012), Jones (2013) and Laury (2015) earned the MAAC’s top honor while Machado and Jones also were the fifth and sixth players in Iona basketball history to earned the New York Metropolitan Area’s Player of the Year honor. The Gaels have also seen seven different student-athletes earn 16 All-MAAC honors including 11 on the first team under Grasso's tutelage. Iona has had an All-MAAC First Team member all seven seasons, a league record.
In the last seven seasons, Iona has consistently been among the top scoring teams in the nation. The Gaels finished 13th in 2010-11, first in both 2011-12 and 2012-13, fourth in 2013-14 and fifth in 2014-15. The team’s scoring averages also rank in the Top 10 in school history including a school record 83.6 points per game during the 2013-14 season.
Several Iona performers have continued their playing career’s in the professional ranks following their time in New Rochelle including: Sean Armand, Vangelis Bebis, Tre Bowman, Randy Dezouvre, A.J. English, Mike Glover, Jayon James, Ra’Shad James, Lamont Jones, David Laury, Scott Machado, Chris Pelcher, Taaj Ridley, and Alejo Rodriguez. Machado appeared in six games with the Houston Rockets during the 2012-13 regular season and five games with the Golden State Warriors during the NBA Playoffs that same year.
HoopScoopOnline.com recently recognized Grasso as the 11th best non-super six conference assistant coach in the nation. RecruitDirt.com named Grasso the top Assistant coach in the MAAC for the 2011-12 season.
Prior to Iona, Grasso spent four years at Fordham University in the Bronx. In 2009-10, Grasso was named interim head men’s basketball coach for the Rams five games into the season, replacing Dereck Whittenburg. At the time of his appointment, he was the youngest NCAA Division I head coach in the country.
Grasso was responsible for the recruitment of several Atlantic 10 standouts including Gaston, the 2010 A-10 Rookie of the Year and 2009 All-Rookie Team honoree Jio Fontan. He also helped coach All-Atlantic 10 performers Bryant Dunston and Marcus Stout.
Prior to Fordham, Grasso served as an assistant at Quinnipiac University - his alma mater - in 2005-06, where his responsibilities included recruiting, scouting opponents, and organizing daily practices. One of Grasso’s recruits, James Feldeine, earned First Team All-NEC honors in 2010 and helped lead the Bobcats to a share of the regular season championship.
Before Quinnipiac, Grasso was an assistant coach at the University of Hartford for two years after serving as a graduate assistant at Hofstra University in 2002-03. During his tenure at both schools, he helped coach All-America East first teamer Kenny Adelke.
A four-year starter and two-year captain at Quinnipiac at shooting guard, Grasso currently ranks 22nd on the Bobcats’ all-time scoring list with 1,134 career points. He is fifth on the all-time list in assists with 404 and ranks fourth all-time in three-point field goals with 216. He graduated from Quinnipiac with a degree in mass communications in May 2002.
A native of Syosset, NY, Grasso attended St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, New York, from 1994-98. He earned honorable mention All-American honors as a senior at St. Anthony’s after averaging 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists per game. He, his wife Andrea and one-year old son reside in Long Island, NY.