Rowan names Dr. Giannini as Interim AD

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Former Rowan men’s basketball coach Dr. John Giannini has been named the school’s interim Athletic Director. He replaces Dan Gilmore, who retired following 43-years of service to the school.

Giannini spent the last year working at the school as the founding director of the Center for Sports Communication & Social Impact.

John Giannini
John Giannini (Photo by Rowan University)

“Dr. Giannini brings to the AD position an impressive record on the court and in the classroom, guided by an unwavering commitment to helping students and student-athletes thrive in all areas of their lives,” said Ali Houshmand, president of Rowan University. “John’s passion and energy are contagious attributes that will strengthen our program and positively impact all of our current and future students, as well as Rowan community members.”

The 56-year-old Chicago, Illinois native previously was the La Salle Explorers head coach from 2004 through 2018. He also spent 1996 through 2004 as the Maine Black Bears head coach.

He was the Profs head coach from 1989 through 1996. He began his coaching career as the Illinois Fighting Illini assistant coach from 1987 through 1989.

He had a 508-375 record as a college coach. Giannini also guided the Profs to the NCAA Division III Championship in 1996.

“As head of our new Center, John has earned the respect of his peers and devoted himself to the study of sport,” Houshmand said, calling Giannini “a thoughtful scholar and motivator.”

“I am happy to be back with Rowan Athletics, where I have so many great memories, and I look forward to helping to create new special memories for our outstanding coaches and student-athletes,” said Giannini. “We have strong traditions of success across many sports and a rapidly ascending university that make the potential for the future seemingly limitless.”

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