Jon Iati Elevated to UAlbany Men's Basketball Associate Head Coach
“I want to thank Coach Brown, who has been a friend and mentor for over 15 years, for this opportunity,” said Iati. “In conjunction with Coach Brown, I want to thank our athletic director Mark Benson and deputy athletic director Jerry Koloskie for recognizing the impact I have had on our men's basketball program.”
I am excited to promote Jon to the role of associate head coach,” said Brown. “He has been involved with our program for 11 years, five as a player and six as an assistant coach, and has played a major role in our growth and development as a program. He fully understands the importance and the emphasis that we place on being successful in the classroom, on the court, and in the community. I am confident that Jon will continue to have a positive impact on our student-athletes and our team in his new role. I know he takes great pride in helping his alma mater achieve success!”
Iati enters his sixth season as a coach for the team, including his third as the team's primary assistant. It is his tenth year in coaching, starting with four years at Quinnipiac.
In his five years as a coach at UAlbany, he has helped the Great Danes to winning records in all five seasons, at least 21 victories in four years, three America East Tournament titles, five consecutive postseason berths and a combined 112-58 record. He works primarily with the UAlbany guards, including all-conference players David Nichols, Joe Cremo, Peter Hooley, Evan Singletary and Ray Sanders.
Iati earned his undergraduate degree from UAlbany in 2007 and Master's in 2009, helping the Great Danes earn the program's first two America East Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament berths. He tallied 1,142 points and 218 assists in his collegiate career.
“I have spent the majority of my professional career helping my alma mater achieve success in all aspects of men's basketball; this recognition only strengthens the personal connection between UAlbany and myself,” said Iati. “I am proud of where the program is currently at and I look forward to elevating it to even bigger and better accomplishments for this great institution.”