P.J. Carlesimo is a college basketball analyst for Westwood One and has covered the NCAA Tournament for the network since 2009. He served as an analyst at the 2012 London Olympic Games and returns in the same capacity for Rio 2016.
Carlesimo served as an assistant coach for USA Basketball for the gold-medal winning team at the 1992 Olympic Games, the 1990 World Championships, the 1990 Goodwill Games and the 1988 Olympic Trials.
Carlesimo also covers the NBA extensively for ESPN and ESPN Radio. He served as an NBA head coach in Portland (1994-97), Golden State (1996-2000), Seattle/Oklahoma City (2007-09) and Brooklyn (2012-13). He was also an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors (2010-11) and the San Antonio Spurs (2002-2007).
Carlesimo began his coaching career as an assistant at Fordham University in 1971, before being named head coach at New Hampshire College for one season (1975-76). He then spent six seasons(1976-82) as the head coach at Wagner College, and led the Seahawks to their first NIT appearance. In 1982, Carlesimo was named head coach at Seton Hall University, a position he held for 12 years. In 1987-88, he guided Seton Hall into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. His teams qualified for the NCAA Tournament in six of his final seven years. He was named NCAA Coach of the Year in 1989 after registering a 31-7 mark, and advancing to the NCAA Championship Game. In addition, he was named Big East Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1989.
Between coaching stints, Carlesimo was also an NBA broadcaster for NBC Sports, Turner Sports and Spurs Television.
P.J. Carlesimo's Posts
LOUISVILLE, KY – For the first time since 2009, the Villanova Wildcats are headed to the Final Four courtesy of a hard-fought 64-59 win over top-seeded Kansas on Saturday night. Kris Jenkins, Ryan Arcidiacono and Josh Hart shared…Read More »
LOUISVILLE, KY – Villanova head coach Jay Wright knows what it means to the Wildcat fans and program to have “Rollie” Massimino–former coach of the 1985 ‘Nova champion team–sitting behind his bench. He also knows how fortunate he has been to have his team playing this hot on both ends of…Read More »
LOUISVILLE, KY – Kansas head coach Bill Self knows how hard Jay Wright gets his Wildcats team to play for every game, but this Villanova team might also be the hottest offensive force in the tournament, going into the Elite Eight. Guarding the perimeter is going to be key for the…Read More »
LOUISVILLE, KY – The South Regional will culminate with chalk this weekend, but the Wildcats will try their best to prevent “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk” from getting chanted by the blue- and red-clad faithful, as second-seeded Villanova is set to take on top-seeded Kansas Saturday night with a spot in the Final Four on the…Read More »
LOUISVILLE – Perry Ellis shot 10-of-17 and scored 27 points to drive Kansas past Maryland, 79-63, in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen at KFC Yum! Center. Wayne Selden added 19 points for the Jayhawks, and Landen Lucas contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds as KU advanced to meet Villanova in Saturday’s…Read More »
LOUISVILLE – Ryan Arcidiacono and Kris Jenkins each scored 21 points to pace No. 2-seed Villanova to a wire-to-wire, 92-69 win over Miami in a South Regional semifinal at KFC Yum! Center. The Wildcats advance to Saturday’s regional final against either Kansas or Maryland. A balanced Wildcats offense placed four…Read More »
LOUISVILLE, KY – After a crazy day of upsets last Friday, things largely returned to normal over the weekend as most of the top seeds made it through to the Sweet 16. In Louisville, four of the five top seeds will be on hand as fifth-seeded Maryland takes on #1 seed…Read More »
LOUISVILLE, KY – For the first time since making it all the way to the Final Four back in 2009, the Villanova Wildcats have advanced to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament on the backs of blowout wins against UNC-Asheville and Iowa last weekend in Brooklyn. Next up for the…Read More »