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P. J. Carlesimo

P. J. Carlesimo (College basketball.  Born, Scranton, PA, May 30, 1949.)  A basketball player at Fordham, where he became an assistant coach (1971-75), P.J. Carlesimo earned his first head coaching assignment at New Hampshire College (Manchester, N.H.).  A year later, he started a six-year tour at Wagner, where his 1978-79 club was 21-7, but he was only 65-93 overall.  In 1982, Carlesimo moved to Seton Hall.  His 1989 team lost the N.C.A.A. final to Michigan, 80-79, in overtime at Seattle, Wash., ending a 31-7 season.  On June 23, 1994, Carlesimo resigned at Seton Hall to become coach of Portland’s N.B.A. club.  His overall college coaching record was 291-272.  After three seasons at Portland, he moved to Golden State in 1997, where he became involved in a famous incident in which Latrell Sprewell attacked and choked him at a practice (Dec. 1, 1997).  Carlesimo was fired by the Warriors Dec. 27, 1999, after a 6-21 start, leaving him with an overall N.B.A. record of 183-223.  He is a son of Pete Carlesimo.

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