Ron Linfonte, A.T.C.
A constant fixture on the St. John's sidelines since the days of Mullin, Berry and Carnesecca, Ron Linfonte is in his 37th year as the Director of Sports Medicine for St. John's University. Widely recognized as one of the foremost men's basketball trainers in college athletics, he is one of only a handful of trainers nationally to have established such an extensive and successful tenure with any one program.
Linfonte has been a part of the legacy of St. John's basketball extending to the 1981 season. His first men's basketball assignments were with teams coached by legendary mentor Lou Carnesecca, and included in his 21 postseason appearances with St. John's is a trip to the 1985 NCAA Final Four and a pair of NIT Championships. Linfonte was the head trainer for many of the most notable players in St. John's basketball history: David Russell, Chris Mullin, Walter Berry, Mark Jackson, Bill Wennington, Malik Sealy, Felipe Lopez, Lavor Postell and Ron Artest. During his tenure at St. John's, 22 players were drafted into the NBA and many more have gone on to long careers in first division basketball leagues overseas.
Linfonte is responsible for the medical care for all 17 varsity teams at St. John's, as well as directing the University's NCAA Drug and Education program for its athletes. For 17 years, he was also the athletic trainer for the nationally-ranked baseball team that captured numerous regular season and BIG EAST championships and made four NCAA appearances.
Since 1986, Linfonte has been actively involved with the United States Olympic Committee, serving both as an athletic trainer and administrator. He was selected to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the 1991 World University Games in Sheffield, England, and several U.S. Olympic Festivals. In 1993, Linfonte served as a U.S.O.C. site coordinator for the Olympic Festival in San Antonio, Texas. He also covered the 1998 Goodwill Games as a medical staff evaluator at its New York City and Long Island sites.
Linfonte has worked extensively for USA Basketball since 1990, serving as athletic trainer for the 1990 and 1991 World and Pan Am basketball trials in Colorado Springs, Colo. He traveled with the 1993 U.S. Select Team during its tour of Europe, and was on the sidelines with the 1992 squad that scrimmaged against the famed U.S. "Dream Team."
Linfonte is presently the chairperson of the championship games committee to the BIG EAST Conference Sports Medicine Society. He has served on various NATA, BIG EAST Sports Medicine, College Athletic Trainers Society and New York State Licensure committees during his long career.
He and his wife Suzette, reside in Nesconset, N.Y., and have three children, Erin (32), Ronnie (28) and Kyle (26). Erin is a St. John's graduate from the Class of 2009, while Kyle also graduated from the University, earning a bachelor's degree in 2013 and master's degree in 2016. Ronnie is a 2011 graduate of Seton Hall University, his father's alma mater.