By Jerry Del Priore
Brooklyn College Athletics has announced the hiring of Rocco Sellitto as an assistant coach with the women’s basketball team, who competes at the Division III level in the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC), for the 2019-20 season.
Sellitto is a Brooklyn native and former Bishop Kearney High School varsity head coach from 2008 to last year until the school officially closed in August.
During this time, Sellitto led Bishop Kearney to two Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) Brooklyn/Queens championships and six finals appearances.
In 2005, he first joined the Bishop Kearney basketball staff, guiding the junior varsity team for four years.
In his time at the Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, high school, he has had the pleasure of coaching standout players such as Casey O’Shaughnessy, who is getting ready to start her first season at Division II St. Leo University in Florida.
“Rocco is someone I have known for a long time, and who is extremely passionate about the sport of women’s basketball,” said head coach Alex Lang in regards to the hire in a press release. “Aside from bringing years of experience as a head coach, he is also extremely hard working and looking forward to a new challenge.”
In both 2012 and 2013, Sellitto was the coach for the City Team in the Metro Classic. He also coached in numerous summer tournaments, including The Nike Swoosh Summer League and The Junior Knicks Summer League.
Additionally, Sellitto was the Director of Redhook Basketball Club for 16 years, coaching both boys and girls. At Redhook Basketball Club, he took pride in teaching discipline and hard work through the game of hoops.
Along with coaching, Sellitto spent time as an advisor on player and program development at Sacred Heart in the early 2000s.
Aside from a life of basketball, Sellitto is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, while also completing some graduate work in Physiology.
The Bulldogs tipoff the regular season on Tuesday, November 12th, at 7:00 p.m. versus the Rosemont Ravens at Rosemont College.