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Saint Francis U's Mike Iuzzolino

Mike Iuzzolino

  • Class
  • Induction
    2017
  • Sport(s)
    Male Student-Athlete
Mike Iuzzolino, Saint Francis U
Altoona, PA/Altoona Area
Basketball • 1989-91


One thing was for certain when you played against Mike Iuzzolino.

Don’t leave him open.

One of the deadliest shooters in NEC history, Iuzzolino became a bonafide legend in Loretto after transferring from Penn State for his junior season. He was named the NEC Player of the Year and NEC Tournament MVP after leading the Red Flash to a school-record 24 wins and the program’s lone conference championship.

A two-time first team All-NEC honoree, Iuzzolino piled up 1,346 points in two seasons and averaged 22.8 ppg during his SFU career. He established a school record with 24.1 ppg in 1990-91.

Iuzzolino twice led the NEC in three-point accuracy. He shot a scorching 52.3 percent from downtown - still the school record - and hit 182 trifectas during his SFU career. The 5’10” guard converted 54.6 percent of his field goal attempts and was a career 87.9 percent shooter from the line.

Iuzzolino was recognized for his accomplishments when he was selected to the NEC’s 20th and 25th Anniversary Men’s Basketball Teams.

An all-star both on the court and in the classroom, Iuzzolino was a two-time first team CoSIDA Academic All-American and was tabbed the Academic All-American of the Year for men’s basketball in 1991.

Following his collegiate career, Iuzzolino was drafted in the second round of the 1991 NBA draft by Dallas and played two seasons for the Mavericks, averaging 9.0 ppg. He went on to enjoy a long professional career, first competing in the CBA, followed by a six-year stay in Italy and two more seasons in Spain.

Iuzzolino went on to become a college coach with stints as a women’s assistant at Duquesne (2005-07) and George Mason (2007-08), head men’s coach at St. Vincent (2008-12), director of men’s basketball operations at Canisius (2012-13) and New Mexico (2013-14), men’s assistant at Canisius (2014-16) and his current position as a men’s assistant at Robert Morris (2016- present).

“Mike Iuzzolino will go down as one of the greatest players in SFU history, and based on that school’s history, it’s a heck of an accomplishment,” said former Wagner coach and current NEC broadcaster Tim Capstraw. “He could really light it up from deep and my teams often had no answer for him. I wasn’t surprised that with his work ethic and talent that he was not only a tremendous NCAA player, but an outstanding professional as well.”