Jared Grasso will enter his third season and second as associate Head Coach at Iona College in 2012-13 after helping mentor the Gaels to 50-20 record in his first two years in New Rochelle. The win total is the second-highest two-season performance in the 70+ history of the program.
Grasso - who serves as the Gaels' recruiting coordinator - recruited four players named to the 2012 Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Team. 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. Grasso also helped develop the 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and MBWA Player of the Year, Scott Machado. Machado was the fifth player in Iona history to earn the Haggerty Award from the Met Writers.
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.