Manhattan Basketball Coach Out Two Weeks Before Season, Reports Say

manhattanSteve Masiello was reportedly fired two weeks before the start of the college basketball season, sources said New York Times‘Adam Zagoria tuesday.

Details regarding the school’s decision to part ways with Masiello have yet to be released. Masiello has worked as the head coach of the Manhattan men’s basketball team since the start of the 2011-12 season.

The timing of the layoff is interesting, however, as the team’s regular season begins on Monday, November 7 when they face VCU.

According to Matt Norlander of CBS SportsMasiello was entering the final year of his contract and reportedly had a “fragile relationship” with sporting director Marianne Reilly.

Manhattan and MAAC preseason player of the year Jose Perez commented on the layoff announced Tuesday, giving the impression the team is aware of the coaching change.

“It was a very difficult day for me and honestly the coach was the most caring person I have ever met, he cared so much about his players and honestly that would be [be] very difficult for me to put Jasper’s uniform back on if the coach is not on the sidelines. I love you coach!”

The senior reportedly intends to enter the transfer portal following news of Masiello’s dismissal, by Jaden Daly.

Perez started in Manhattan last season after beginning his college career at Gardner-Webb. He was later transferred to Marquette but didn’t see much playing time, so he moved to Manhattan ahead of the 2021-22 season.

Associate Head Coach RaShawn Stores is set to become interim coach, by Zagoria.

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