Anthony Latina
Anthony Latina
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (203) 365-4757
Email: latinaa@sacredheart.edu
Year: 3rd Year
Latina recently completed his third season as head basketball coach at Sacred Heart in 2015-16, leading the Pioneers to a second place finish in the Northeast Conference, tied for the program's best ever finish, and its first postseason home game since 2009.
Latina is just the third head coach in the program’s history, succeeding Dave Bike who retired in 2013 after 35 seasons at the helm.  He took over the reins of the program after spending eight seasons as an assistant coach under Coach Bike.  He joined Bike's staff in 2005-06 after spending the previous six seasons as an assistant coach at Central Connecticut State University. 

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.  An 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. 

Coaching Accomplishments

  • Since his arrival at SHU in 2005, the Pioneers have made seven Northeast Conference Tournament appearances, including two trips to the NEC Championship game (2007, 2008).  
  • 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.
  • SHU has had eight players earn All-Northeast Conference honors, four NEC All-Rookie team picks, an NEC Most Improved Player award winner, and in 2015-16 Cane Broome earned the program's first ever NEC Player of the Year award.

2015-16

  • Sacred Heart ended its 2015-16 season at 12-18, including going 11-7 in Northeast Conference play to tie for second place, matching its best ever league finish in program history.
  • The season culminated with back-to-back conference tournament appearances for the first time since 2006-09 and the Pioneers hosting their first NEC Quarterfinal since 2009.
  • Cane Broome earned the program's first ever NEC Player of the Year award.
  • Quincy McKnight gave SHU a representative on the NEC All-Rookie team for the third year in a row.

2014-15

  • 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 +9.5 win differential was the 17th best in the country.
  • The Pioneers made their first NEC tournament since 2012, losing 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.
  • Cane Broome became the fifth Sacred Heart freshman to be tabbed as a NEC-All Rookie selection. 
  • Phil Gaetano became the first three-time winner of the NEC Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year.

2013-14                

  • Phil Gaetano won his second consecutive NEC Scholar Athlete of the Year.
  • De’Von Barnett was chosen to the NEC All-Rookie team.