Anthony Latina completed his second season as Head Coach at Sacred Heart University in 2014-15. Latina is just the third head coach in SHU program history, succeeding Dave Bike who retired in 2013 after 35 seasons at the helm. During his first two years at the helm, SHU has compiled a 20-43 record.
Latina took over the reins of the program after spending eight seasons as an assistant coach under Coach Bike. Latina joined Bike's staff in 2005-06 after spending the previous six seasons as an assistant coach at Central Connecticut State University.
Following a 5-26 mark in first year in 2013-14, SHU finished the 2014-15 campaign season at 15-17 and 9-9 in NEC play, which were its most overall and conference wins since the 2008-09 season. The Pioneers made their first NEC tournament since 2012, lowing to third seeded Bryant, 91-85, in double overtime. Evan Kelley becomes the eighth Pioneer in school history to be named to a NEC All-Conference team, and the first sine Shane Gibson was tabbed a first-team member in 2012-13. In addition, Cane Broome became the fifth Sacred Heart freshman to be tabbed as a NEC-All Rookie selection.
Since his arrival at SHU in 2005, the Pioneers have made six Northeast Conference Tournament appearances including two trips to the NEC Championship game (2007, 2008). Latina helped guide the Pioneers to their best stretch of basketball since making the move to Division I (1999-00), posting 79 wins, including 52 NEC victories, from 2005 through 2010.
With Latina's arrival in 2005-06, the Pioneers have had seven players earn All-Northeast Conference honors, three NEC All-Rookie team picks, and a NEC Most Improved Player award winner.
In 2013-14, Phil Gaetano won his second consecutive NEC Scholar Athlete of the Year for the winter season, while De’Von Barnett was chosen to the NEC All-Rookie team.
During his time at CCSU, he helped guide the Blue Devils to two NCAA Tournament appearances, and three trips to the Northeast Conference title game. His duties at Central included recruiting and scouting opponents, as well as individual player development. He was part of the staff that helped produce the first-ever NBA draft pick from CCSU, Corsley Edwards, who was taken in the second round by the Sacramento Kings in 2002.
Prior to joining Central Connecticut's staff, Latina worked for four years as an assistant coach at Division II UMass-Lowell.
Latina was a four-year starter and two-year captain as a point guard at Brandeis University. He was part of the 1991-92 squad that won the ECAC Championship. A honor's student in the classroom, Latina also received the Athletic Director's Award and Stein Attitude and Dedication to Basketball Award at Brandeis. He earned his undergraduate degree in history and American Studies from Brandeis and his Master's in Education from UMass-Lowell.
The Connecticut native was a captain of the 1990-91 Connecticut State Championship team at South Catholic High School under legendary coach Joe Reilly.
Latina and his wife Jodi and children Luke and Zoe reside in Wethersfield, CT.