FAIRFIELD, CONN. (June 1, 2016)—Sacred Heart Women's Basketball Head Coach Jessica Mannetti announced the addition of Bert DeSalvo to her coaching staff for the 2016-17 season Wednesday afternoon. DeSalvo will be responsible for leading the defense, post player development, recruiting and scouting, amongst other duties.
"I am fortunate to work with one of the best young coaches in the college game," DeSalvo said. "I look forward to helping SHU student-athletes reach their academic and athletic goals and raise banners in the Pitt Center."
DeSalvo brings extensive collegiate coaching experience having spent over eight years working across all three divisions.
Coming to SHU from Southern Connecticut State University, DeSalvo spent one season as the Owls' head coach leading SCSU to the quarterfinal round of the NE-10 playoffs, finishing with the fifth best record in the league. In addition, in that year, the Owls improved their overall and conference record against a challenging schedule to be ranked 10th in the D2SIDA East Region for two consecutive weeks.
Making sure his team was well rounded under his leadership, the Owls were nominated for the WBCA Division II Academic Top 25 Honor Roll earning a 3.32 overall team GPA. Likewise, SCSU women's basketball was active in the community donating over 360 hours of community service through the academic year to earn the 2015 SCSU Community Service Cup.
Prior to SCSU, DeSalvo served as an assistant women's basketball coach at Division II Clarion, where he also served as the team recruiting coordinator. Before that, he spent four years at the helm of the Penn State-Beaver women's basketball program compiling a 99-26 record. His team qualified for the USCAA National Tournament all four season with the Lady Lions finished as the National runner-up in 2011 after an undefeated regular season.
DeSalvo led Penn State-Beaver to the PSUAC Regular Season Championship three straight years (2009, 2010, 2011), and three consecutive PSUAC Post-Season Conference Titles (2008, 2009, 2010). The 2008 PSUAC Coach of the Year developed numerous All-Conference and All-Americans at Penn State-Beaver, and coached the PSUAC Player of the Year four consecutive years.
His first collegiate coaching experience came as an assistant men's basketball coach at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore for the 2005-06 season, where he was responsible for developing three members of the MEAC All-Rookie Team and an All-MEAC Second Team selection. After UMES, DeSalvo assumed the lead assistant women's basketball coach role at MacMurray College.
DeSalvo received a Bachelors of the Arts from the University of Rhode Island in 2002 and a Masters of Science from Duquesne in 2009.