White Plains Native To Return As Manhattan Coach After Earning Degree

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Manhattan College will reinstate White Plains' Steve Masiello as the men's basketball head coach once Masiello has finished his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky.
Manhattan College will reinstate White Plains' Steve Masiello as the men's basketball head coach once Masiello has finished his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky. Photo Credit: Courtesy Manhattan College

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Manhattan College will reinstate White Plains native Steve Masiello as the men's basketball head coach once Masiello has finished his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky. 

Manhattan College officials previously became aware of the fact that Masiello had not received his degree from the University of Kentucky following a credentials check by the University of South Florida, with whom Masiello had agreed to accept employment as head basketball coach, according to a press release. Masiello is a graduate of The Harvey School in Katonah. 

“I am extremely grateful and humbled by the opportunity to continue as the head men’s basketball coach at Manhattan College,” Masiello said. “I made a mistake that could have cost me my job at an institution I love.  Details matter.  Manhattan College has shown me a great deal of compassion and trust during this process, and I will do everything in my power to uphold that trust.  I understand that I am very fortunate to have the chance to remain here at Manhattan.”

Masiello will be on unpaid leave until he receives his degree. During his absence, associate head coach Matt Grady will lead the program as interim head coach, officials said in a release. 

“After an extensive review of the situation and extenuating circumstances, we determined that Mr. Masiello executed poor judgment but did not intentionally misrepresent himself in applying to the College," said Brennan O’Donnell, president of Manhattan College. "After participating in graduation ceremonies at the University of Kentucky, he enrolled in summer courses with the intention of completing his degree, but never followed through to make sure that the degree was awarded.  We appreciate the counsel of all involved in assessing this complex situation. 

"Our policy was always that the coach must have at least a four-year undergraduate degree.  We are confident that Mr. Masiello will be able to complete his degree this summer and return soon thereafter to resume his duties.”

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