Steve Masiello is in his sixth year on Rick Pitino's men's basketball staff as an assistant coach.
Masiello was included among Rivals.com's Top 25 men's basketball assistants of 2006-07 because of his recruiting ability and knowledge of the game. He has been included on Rivals.com's list of top recruiters, has helped the Cardinals land a top ten recruiting class in two of the last four years at U of L and his efforts have the Cards' well on their way to a stellar class in 2011. On the court, the Cardinals have a collective 154-57 record (.730) during his five years at U of L, reaching the NCAA Elite Eight two of the last three seasons.
Masiello was an assistant for four years at Manhattan prior to joining the U of L staff, including the last two years as the school's top assistant. During his four years there, the Jaspers compiled an 83-36 record (.697) with two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships, a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and one visit to the NIT. In 2003-04, Manhattan produced a 25-6 mark, won the MAAC Championship with a league-record 16 wins and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round after a 75-60 victory over fifth-seeded Florida.
Prior to connecting with the Manhattan coaching staff, Masiello served as the Administrative Assistant under Tulane Head Coach Shawn Finney for one year (2000-01).
A 2000 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in communications, Masiello joined the Wildcats' basketball team as a walk-on during Pitino's final year at Kentucky (1996-97) as the Wildcats lost in the national championship game. He played an additional three years at UK under Tubby Smith, earning a scholarship his senior season, and was a member of the Wildcats' 1998 NCAA Championship team. He was the Wildcats' co-captain as a senior in 1999-2000.
Masiello hails from White Plains, N.Y., and attended Archbishop Stepinac High School. He moved to the Harvey School in Katonah, N.Y. as a junior, when he averaged 19.9 points and six assists in helping Harvey win the New England Prep School Athletic Association Championship. He scored 38 points, had nine assists and grabbed three rebounds in the championship game to earn MVP honors. He was among the nation's high school scoring leaders his final year at Harvey, averaging 34.5 points and eight assists. He was a ball boy for the New York Knicks when Pitino was head coach there. He is single.
Steve Masiello Up Close
Years at Louisville: Sixth. Joined staff on May 2005 after serving as an assistant coach for four years at Manhattan College.
Previous Coaching Experience: Assistant coach, Manhattan (2001-05); Administrative Assistant, Tulane (2000-01).
Playing Experience: High School -- Averaged 34.5 points and eight assists as a senior at the Harvey School in Katonah, N.Y. College -- Played four years at the University of Kentucky (1996-2000), the first under Coach Rick Pitino and the last three under Coach Tubby Smith. Member of the UK 1998 NCAA Championship team and 1997 national runner-up team. Co-captain as a senior.
Education: Completed a bachelor's degree in communications from Kentucky in 2000; graduate of the Harvey School in Katonah, N.Y. (1996).
Personal Data: Born Sept. 2, 1977 in New York, N.Y. Single.