Sacred Heart University has announced that Anthony Latina has been named head men’s basketball coach of the Pioneers starting in 2013-14. Latina is just the third head coach in SHU program history, succeeding Dave Bike who retired after 35 seasons at the helm.
“I am very excited and appreciative for this opportunity,” commented Latina. “I know what a special place Sacred Heart University is and I hope that our program will represent this great university in the manner in which it deserves. We will do everything possible to ensure our student-athletes have a first-class experience and reach their potential both on and off the court.”
Latina takes over the reins of the program after spending eight seasons as an assistant coach under Coach Bike. Latina joined Head Coach Dave Bike's staff in 2005-06 after spending the previous six seasons as an assistant coach at Central Connecticut State University.
Since his arrival at SHU in 2005, the Pioneers have made five Northeast Conference Tournament appearances including two trips to the NEC Championship game (2007, 2008). Latina helped guide the Pioneers to their best stretch of basketball since making the move to Division I (1999-00), posting 79 wins, including 52 NEC victories, from 2005 through 2010.
With Latina's arrival in 2005-06, the Pioneers have had six players earn All-Northeast Conference honors (Kibwe Trim - 2006, Jarrid Frye - 2006, 2007, Joe Henley - 2009, Drew Shubik - 2008, Corey Hassan - 2010, Shane Gibson - 2012, 2013), two NEC All-Rookie team picks (Chauncey Hardy - 2007, Chris Evans - 2011) and a NEC Most Improved Player award winner (Liam Potter - 2010).
During his time at CCSU, he helped guide the Blue Devils to tow NCAA Tournament appearances, and three trips to the Northeast Conference title game. His duties at Central included recruiting and scouting opponents, as well as individual player development. He was part of the staff that helped produce the first-ever NBA draft pick from CCSU, Corsley Edwards, who was taken in the second round by the Sacramento Kings in 2002.
Prior to joining Central Connecticut's staff, Latina worked for four years as an assistant coach at Division II UMass-Lowell.
Latina was a four-year starter and two-year captain as a point guard at Brandeis University. He was part of the 1991-92 squad that won the ECAC Championship. A honor's student in the classroom, Latina also received the Athletic Director's Award and Stein Attitude and Dedication to Basketball Award at Brandeis. He earned his undergraduate degree in history and American Studies from Brandeis and his Master's in Education from UMass-Lowell.
The Connecticut native was a captain of the 1990-91 Connecticut State Championship team at South Catholic High School under legendary coach Joe Reilly.
Latina and his wife Jodi and children Luke and Zoe reside in Wethersfield, CT.