Manhattan announced this afternoon that head coach Steve Masiello on leave while he attempts to fix a discrepancy on his resume.
Yesterday it appeared that the third-year coach of the Jaspers planned to depart for South Florida until it was discovered late last night that he did not graduate from the University of Kentucky. Masiello walked on to the team and played for his mentor Rick Pitino.
In a statement from Manhattan this afternoon, the MAAC school said that they will place Masiello on leave as he sorts out the issue with the University of Kentucky.
“As a result of a background check commissioned by the University of South Florida, Manhattan College has learned there is a question of the validity of head men’s basketball coach Steve Masiello’s undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky,” the school said in a statement. “Masiello is currently in the process of reviewing his degree status with the University of Kentucky. Manhattan College has placed Masiello on leave while he completes this process with the University.”
Masiello was hired by the Jaspers as head coach in 2011 after spending four seasons as an assistant to Bobby Gonzalez. He led the Jaspers to their first NCAA tournament appearance in a decade when Manhattan beat Iona 71-68 in the MAAC tournament championship game on March 10.