Lou Carnesecca ’50C, ’60GEd, ’00HON is a legend in New York and college basketball circles worldwide. He is synonymous with St. John’s Men’s Basketball, having coached at the University for 24 seasons. During that time, he never failed to qualify for a postseason tournament and compiled a record of 526 wins and 200 losses. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.
That is a tough one. I would make every shot I take.
Ah, there were so many, but I would say when we went to the Final Four. That was a very, very important time.
Well, being from Tuscany, I would say Florence, Italy.
Coffee. We do not have tea.
Coffee, Italian food, and a nice glass of wine.
Well, I love summer because I hate the cold.
I like them both; I am not trying to hedge. Neapolitan is excellent, and Sicilian—the thick one—I love that. They are both good. Depends on the time of the day.
Well, I am old school, so I am going to go for Jordan, although the other guy is tough to beat.
Pope John XXIII. I just love his cordiality. He made you feel at home.
Always have a pencil with an eraser.
It is hard. I grew up in East Harlem, NY. At that time, (the Yankees had) Frankie Crosetti, Tony Lazzeri, and Joe DiMaggio. You had to root for them. Of course, I love the Mets. Jay Horowitz (Mets Vice President of Alumni Public Relations) is a really good friend of mine. Two great teams.
Oh, Giants. I can remember paying 50 cents, sitting up in the stands with a cup of coffee, and freezing. That was back in the fifties.
Do not have short arms. My dad told me three things. Number one: Be there. Number two: Do not wear a big hat. And, number three: Do not have short arms. Not necessarily in that order.
You would have to ask somebody else; I cannot describe myself.
Sr. Mary Joella, my eighth-grade teacher. She inspired me to get into coaching and athletics. Wonderful woman who gave of herself for others. Marvelous woman.
I will not give up my secrets; that is why nobody knows them.
As I said, the people. There is a feeling of warmth here. I remember the first time I came to St. John’s—I fell in love with it.