John Giannini

  • Dr. John Giannini, Director. Photo credit: Greg Carroccio/Sideline Photos

John Giannini

Meet the Director

Dr. John Giannini has been named the Founding Director of the Center for Sports Communication and Social Impact at Rowan University. The Center provides educational, professional and inspirational experiences for students in the new Sports Communication and Media major.

Giannini returns to Rowan where he was head men’s basketball coach from 1989 to 1996. His 1996 Profs won the NCAA Division III National Championship. He took Rowan teams to the Division III Final Four three times (’93, ’95, ’96) and left Rowan with the best winning percentage in the nation among active NCAA coaches.

Following Rowan, Giannini was the head coach at the University of Maine where he became the winningest coach in Maine’s history while recording multiple 20-win seasons. Most recently, Giannini served as head coach at La Salle University in the storied Philadelphia Big 5 and the renowned Atlantic 10 Conference. He led the Explorers to the 2013 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen and a final USA Today #24 national ranking. Giannini also led the program to the 2012 post-season National Invitational Tournament and the best A10 conference records in school history. He amassed 505 victories over a 29-year head coaching career.

Off the court, Giannini has been active in numerous academic endeavors. He was a graduate assistant coach at the University of Illinois earning his Ph.D. in Kinesiology specializing in Sport Psychology in 1992. He earned an M.S. from the University of North Texas specializing in Sport Psychology and has a B.A. from North Central College in Psychology. He authored Court Sense: Winning Basketball’s Mental Game, published by Human Kinetics in 2008, and has authored research articles in academic journals as well as practical articles for coaching publications. He also taught courses at Maine, Rowan, Illinois and North Texas. The Academic Progress Rates of his La Salle teams reflect Giannini’s commitment to mentoring students to classroom and life success. The NCAA recognized La Salle men’s basketball for having one of the best Academic Progress Rates in the nation—in the top 10% of all programs—for each of the last four years. Furthermore, all of Giannini’s senior basketball players graduated during his La Salle tenure.

Social impact initiatives have been another passion for Giannini. He has recently organized and participated in efforts for Coaches vs. Cancer, Full Court Press ALS, Samaritan’s Feet and Philadelphia Youth Basketball, among many initiatives throughout his career.

Giannini states, “This exciting position allows me to continue mentoring students who have a love for sport and build a culture of excellence for them. It is so special for me to do so at Rowan, a place that is constantly growing in national prominence and has so much meaning for me.”