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  Joe Tartamella

Joe Tartamella


St. James, N.Y.

Head Coach

Second Season

Alma Mater:
James Madison '01


DAY TWO: #SJUWBB Taking Europe By Storm, Powered By Under Armour

The Red Storm tours Rome and plays in its first of four international games.


#SJUWBB: Taking Europe By Storm, Powered By Under Armour: Pre-Tour Quotes, Notes, Preseason Prospectus

Red Storm head coach Joe Tartamella and St. John's student-athletes met with the media on Friday.


St. John's Women's Basketball To Embark On European Tour, Powered By Under Armour

Red Storm makes its first ever trip overseas with visits to Italy and Spain from Aug. 16-27.


Women's Basketball Releases 2014-15 Non-Conference Schedule

Non-conference slate features three NCAA Tournament squads, as many as seven postseason teams and a fourth-straight invite to the Maggie Dixon Classic.


Five Score In Double Figures As Red Storm Downs Providence, 85-65

St. John's wins 10th straight as three players set career highs.


#SJUWBB: Taking Europe By Storm, Powered By Under Armour (Ep. 6)

#SJUWBB: Taking Europe By Storm, Powered By Under Armour (Ep. 6)


#SJUWBB: Taking Europe By Storm, Powered By Under Armour (Ep. 7)

#SJUWBB: Taking Europe By Storm, Powered By Under Armour (Ep. 7)


#SJUWBB: Taking Europe By Storm, Powered By Under Armour (Ep. 5)

#SJUWBB: Taking Europe By Storm, Powered By Under Armour (Ep. 5)


#SJUWBB: Taking Europe By Storm, Powered By Under Armour (Ep. 3)

#SJUWBB: Taking Europe By Storm, Powered By Under Armour (Ep. 3)


#SJUWBB: Taking Europe By Storm, Powered By Under Armour (Ep. 4)

#SJUWBB: Taking Europe By Storm, Powered By Under Armour (Ep. 4)


Day 10: #SJUWBB Taking Europe By Storm, Powered By Under Armour

The Red Storm rounded out its European Tour with a 72-46 victory over CB Barcelona.


DAY NINE: #SJUWBB Taking Europe By Storm, Powered By Under Armour

The Red Storm travels to Park Güell and Basílica De La Sagrada Família.



The Red Storm continued its European Tour as it headed to Pesaro to take on the Adriatic Sea Sirens.


DAY ONE: #SJUWBB Taking Europe By Storm, Powered By Under Armour

The Red Storm takes a guided tour of the Roman Colosseum and Roman Forum.


St. John's vs. Tennessee (USATSI)

St. John's vs. Tennessee (USATSI)

Joe Tartamella was introduced as head women's basketball coach in April 2012.

Joe Tartamella was introduced as the eighth head coach in the history of the St. John's women's basketball program on April 27, 2012.

Regarded as one of the top up-and-coming mentors in women's basketball, Tartamella's coaching career has been forged over a nine-year tenure assisting St. John's all-time winningest coach Kim Barnes Arico (2003-12). Beginning as a Red Storm graduate assistant in 2002, Tartamella, 34, worked his way through the ranks and served as Barnes Arico's associate head coach for the four seasons leading up to his elevation to head coach. He has been an integral part of a staff that has been to five NCAA Tournaments, including St. John's run to its first-ever NCAA Sweet 16 in 2012. As a program, St. John's has been to the NCAA Tournament eight times, five with Tartamella on staff.

In his 10-year career with the Red Storm, Tartamella has played a vital role in helping turn around the St. John's women's basketball program and lead it to its present successes. During Tartamella's tenure, St. John's has advanced to 10 BIG EAST Tournaments, two Women's National Invitation Tournament appearances, including a WNIT Quarterfinals in 2007-08, and five NCAA Tournaments, including the program's first NCAA Tournament berth in more than 17 years during the 2005-06 campaign, and St. John's first-ever NCAA Regional Semifinal appearance in 2011-12. Tartamella has coached 22 All-BIG EAST and All-Rookie players, 15 All-Met selections and has enjoyed many a national Top 25 ranking during his time at St. John's, including a program-best No. 13 Associated Press ranking during the 2011-12 campaign.

In his first season as head coach, Tartamella guided the Red Storm to its fourth-straight NCAA Tournament berth after finishing the season tied for third in the BIG EAST Conference with an 11-5 record and winning eight of its last 10 regular season games. St. John's was the host school for the First and Second Rounds of the 2013 NCAA Tournament and the Red Storm earned the chance to play at home against Dayton in mid-March.

Tartamella made his head coaching debut at the WBI Tip Off Invitational in November 2012. He earned his first-career coaching victory coaching victory, 72-54, vs. UCF on Nov. 11 at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. Against Rutgers on Jan. 6, 2013, Tartamella killed two birds with one stone as he recorded his first-career BIG EAST win, 48-44, over the Scarlet Knights, as well as his first BIG EAST road win. On March 9, 2013 Tartamella notched his first BIG EAST Tournament victory, 51-45, against Seton Hall.

During the postseason, Tartamella's team enjoyed numerous honors and accolades, including the first-ever WNBA Draft selections for St. John's in Nadirah McKenith and Shenneika Smith. McKenith went on to become the first player in St. John's history signed to a WNBA contract as she played the 2013 season with the Washington Mystics. Both McKenith and Smith were named WBCA All-America honorable mention as well as All-BIG EAST and All-Met first team honorees. Tartamella's first signed recruit, Aliyyah Handford was voted the Metropolitan Basketball Writers' Association Rookie of the Year as well as a unanimous selection to the BIG EAST all-Freshman team.

In 2008-09, Tartamella's first season as associate head coach, he helped then-freshman Da'Shena Stevens become one of the best rookies in St. John's history, as she broke the rookie scoring record and became the second player in program history to earn BIG EAST Freshman of the Year. Stevens further developed under his tutelage, as she was named a 2010 Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention Selection, an All-BIG EAST First Team honoree and the 2010 MBWA Player of the Year.

During the successful 2011-12 season, Tartamella helped St. John's to its third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance as a program-best No. 3 seed. St. John's advanced to the NCAA Regional Semifinals for the first time in program history and enjoyed a 24-10 final record. St. John's was also the No. 2 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament and advanced to the Tournament's semifinals for the first time since 1988.

Tartamella's scouting and game-planning tactics have proved to be invaluable as St. John's has enjoyed numerous victories over Top 25 opponents, including the team's three historic upset-victories over Notre Dame when the Irish were ranked No. 13 in 2005-06, No. 9 in 2007-08 and No. 4/3 in 2009-10. In 2011-12, he boasted the winning scout in St. John's win over then-No. 2 Connecticut on Feb. 18, ending the Huskies' 99-game home-winning streak. With Tartamella as part of Barnes Arico's staff, the Red Storm has claimed a .560 winning percentage.

Tartamella is also known for his recruiting prowess and has consistently brought in top-rated talent for the Red Storm. Highlighting his role as recruiting coordinator was the 2009-10 class that ranked as 10th best in the nation and No. 1 in the BIG EAST. The class, seniors during the 2012-13 season, included All-BIG EAST Freshmen Shenneika Smith and Nadirah McKenith, who blossomed into national headliners as they both were selected in the 2013 WNBA draft and both signed professional contracts in the summer of 2013, among their many collegiate accolades and records broken. For the upcoming 2013-14 season, Tartamella signed four new players to his roster, including two transfers from the Atlantic Coast Conference in Danaejah Grant, a former McDonald's All-American Team Nominee and New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year Finalist, and Selina Archer, formerly ranked No. 39 as center and 86th overall for the class of 2010. His two rookies for his second season as head coach include Aaliyah Lewis, a four-star point guard, ranked No. 22 at her position by ESPN HoopGurlz and Jade Walker, HoopGurlz's 63rd best guard/forward in the country. The foursome joins a McKenith, Smith, All-Met Freshman of the Year Aliyyah Handford in a list of successful recruits for Tartamella and the Red Storm.

Prior to St. John's, Tartamella spent a year as an assistant men's basketball coach under the direction of head coach Tom Spina at SUNY Maritime College in Throgs Neck, N.Y. His responsibilities included recruiting and developing long and short-range strategies, administering game plans to players for execution in practice and games, and organizing and implementing pre- and post-season conditioning programs. Tartamella also served as the assistant director of career services at SUNY Maritime College.

After graduating from James Madison University in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in business administration in marketing information, he coached alongside Joe Castiglie - the most successful coach in Stony Brook men's basketball history - at St. Anthony's High School. After his stint coaching boys' varsity, Tartamella was hired as the graduate assistant coach for the St. John's women's basketball team.

A native of St. James, N.Y., Tartamella earned his master's degree in marketing management from St. John's in 2004.

A fiery competitor as a coach and athlete, Tartamella was a two-sport star at Smithtown High School, enjoying success as a basketball and baseball player. His success as a prep star resulted in numerous scholarship offers before an injury ended his promising playing career and led him to coaching.

A member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), Tartamella was invited guest to the Nike Villa 7 Coaches Consortium in 2010 and in 2011. The consortium was developed to bring together university athletic directors and the country's elite assistant basketball coaches in an effort to prepare coaches for the next level. In 2013, Tartamella was invited back to the Nike Villa 7 as a panelist/speaker in Minneapolis, Minn. In June 2013, he was one of 32 women's college basketball coaches to be involved in the first session of the Center For Coaching Excellence (CCE) at Columbia University.

Tartamella and his wife Shannon reside in Long Island, New York. The couple welcomed baby Brady Patrick Tartamella on Feb. 3, 2011.

Follow head coach Joe Tartamella on Twitter @SJU_CoachT.

The Joe Tartamella File
Coaching Experience
2012-present: St. John's University, Head Coach
2008-2012: St. John's University, Associate Head Coach
2005-08: St. John's University, Assistant Coach
2004-05: SUNY Maritime College, Assistant Coach
2002-04: St. John's University, Graduate Assistant
2001-02: St. Anthony's High School, Assistant Coach

B.B.A., James Madison University, 2001
M.B.A., St. John's University, 2004

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