|Alma Mater:||Saint Rose '09/UAlbany '12|
Sixth season as assistant coach | Saint Rose '09/UAlbany '12 | @CoachJPELLETIER
Pelletier begins his sixth year as an assistant coach with the Great Danes in the 2019-20 season. He recruits throughout the Northeast and nationally, specifically prep schools in New England. Pelletier has placed a heavy emphasis on recruiting in Australia and other international regions as well as portions of the Midwest, Texas and junior colleges. During Pelletier’s time as an assistant, the Great Danes are averaging more than 20 wins per season.
The Great Danes ended the 2018-19 season as the only team starting freshmen at all five positions, four of whom, Cameron Healy, Adam Lulka, Brent Hank, and Malachi de Sousa, were recruited by Coach Pelletier. Healy set single-season program records for three pointers made and attempted, and set a freshman season program record for total points en route to All-Conference Third Team and All-Rookie honors. Lulka was the only freshman in program history to be named team captain. Lulka started all 32 games for UAlbany, shooting 56% from the field and leading the Great Danes in rebounds, while also leading America East freshmen in the same category, and ranking second overall in the conference in offensive rebounds specifically.
He recruited David Nichols, the only sophomore in UAlbany history to be selected as America East All-Conference First Team in the 2016-17 season. Nichols finished with 625 points, the second-highest single scoring season in UAlbany history, and was the America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's basketball. He finished his UAlbany career as a member of the 1,000-point club and was in the top-10 in scoring in the America East for two seasons.
He also recruited Travis Charles, who holds the highest field goal percentage and points per game for a forward in UAlbany men's basketball history. The 2017-18 America East All-Conference forward was in the top-10 that season in scoring and rebounding in the America East. Also in the frontcourt that season was his recruit Alex Foster, the team's first-ever graduate transfer, who tied a program record with 15 rebounds at Louisville.
In his first four years as an assistant coach, he helped UAlbany tie a Division I record 24 wins in the first two seasons and combined for 69 victories in a three year-span, the highest in any three-year period in the program's history.
Working with both guards and forwards, Pelletier has coached five America East All-Conference First Team players in Nichols, Sam Rowley, Ray Sanders, Evan Singletary and Joe Cremo, the America East Rookie of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year in the 2015-16 season.
Head coach Will Brown announced the appointment of former graduate assistant Pelletier to the position of assistant coach on July 23, 2014. Pelletier spent two years as a graduate assistant and one as a volunteer video coordinator with the Great Danes from 2009-2012.
The Troy, N.Y., native spent one season with Duquense of the Atlantic-10 in 2013-14. As the Director of Basketball Administration, Pelletier oversaw the team's summer camp operations as well as its community outreach initiatives. He served as the team's primary contact for donor and alumni relations in addition to coordinating the team's travel and daily itinerary. Pelletier also developed scouting and recruiting strategies in conjunction with the Duquesne coaching staff.
Pelletier served as the Director of Basketball Operations for the Blackbirds in 2012. He spent one season at LIU Brooklyn, assisting the coaching staff with scouting, player development, recruiting and film exchange. Pelletier served as the program's community outreach liaison as well as an academic advisor during the 2012-13 season. The Blackbirds made their third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2012-13 after earning the NEC's automatic qualifier for the third straight year.
A 2009 graduate of the College of Saint Rose, Pelletier was a four-year letterwinner for Brian Beaury and guided the Golden Knights to three NCAA Division II Tournament appearances. He was also named a team captain in his senior season. Pelletier graduated from St. Rose with a degree in social studies and a secondary education before pursuing a master's degree in liberal studies at UAlbany.
In the high school ranks, Pelletier played locally for La Salle Institute in Troy, N.Y., in addition to his AAU time with the Albany City Rocks. He was named to the All-Area Times Union First Team as a junior and senior for the Cadets, as well as becoming the all-time leading scorer.