May 8, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - Women's Basketball head coach Joe Tartamella has been invited to attend the 2013 Villa 7 Consortium, presented by University of Minnesota and Nike on May 10-11, 2013. Held at the Nike Campus in Beaverton, Ore., and on Minnesota's campus in Minneapolis, Minn., Villa 7 was designed to bring together university athletic directors and the country's elite assistant basketball coaches and head coaches in an effort to prepare the next generation of college basketball leaders.
It is Tartamella¹s third invite to the Villa 7. He also attended the 2010 and 2011 consortiums. This weekend will be his first time speaking as a panelist at the prestigious event.
"It's honor to have a chance to be a panelist at this year's Villa 7 Consortium," remarked Tartamella. "I have attended this great event in the past as an assistant and I look forward to giving back as a speaker."
The Villa 7 began back in 2004 as a forum where athletic directors could share ideas and meet with the country's elite assistant basketball coaches. Approximately 20 athletic directors and 30 carefully selected assistant coaches attended the first meeting in Las Vegas. Each group recognized the benefit of the forum, and expressed interest in developing a multi-day symposium.
The success of the first symposium, held in Charlotte, N.C., and was spearheaded by Virginia Commonwealth University¹s Center for Sport Leadership and Nike to form a partnership based on this identical rationale: that we can positively affect the future of college basketball and help prepare the next generation of college basketball leaders.
In 2012, 14 assistant coaches who have been a part of the Villa 7 Consortium were hired as head coaches. Tartamella was one of those 14.
In his first year as head coach, Tartamella took the Red Storm to its fourth-straight NCAA Tournament and finished tied for third in the BIG EAST standings with a league record of 11-5 and won the eight of its last 10 games to finish 18-13 overall. Under his tutelage, two seniors made St. John's history by getting selected in the WNBA draft. Both seniors, Nadirah McKenith and Shenneika Smith, who were recruited by Tartamella when he was an associate head coach, were named WBCA All-America Honorable Mention and earned All-BIG EAST First Team honors. McKenith was named All-Met Player of the Year. Rookie Aliyyah Handford, Tartamella¹s first official signee, was named All-Met Rookie of the Year and was a unanimous selection to the BIG EAST All-Freshmen Team.
Tartamella has signed four student-athletes for 2013-14, including two standout transfer student-athletes in Danajeah Grant and Selina Archer and two top 100 recruits in Aaliyah Lewis and Jade Walker.