Joseph Cocozello
Joseph Cocozello
Title: Head Men's Basketball Coach
Phone: (718) 940-5798
Email: jcocozello@sjcny.edu
Year: 16th season (218-207)
Previous College: St. Joseph's '95

Coach Cocozello enters his 17th season as the Bears head coach after serving as an assistant from the summer of 1999 up until he was promoted to head coach following the 2002 season.

The 1995 alumnus of St. Joseph's saw immediate success on the hardwood as he guided his alma mater to an 18-11 record and its first-ever national tournament appearance. Under his tutelage, the sixth-seeded Bears pulled off back-to-back upsets to reach the USCAA Division II National Tournament Championship before falling to Johnson and Wales University of Florida.

During the 2005-06 season, Cocozello guided the Bears to a school-record 21 wins, surpassing the 20 wins garnered by his own 1992-93 squad. The Bears repeated the feat the following year again winning 21 games during the 2006-07 campaign. During his 13 years with the Bears as members of the USCAA, St. Joseph’s qualified for six National Tournament appearances, most recently in 2015 capping their third straight winning season after back-to-back 18-win campaigns.

Prior to entering the Skyline Conference, Cocozello enjoyed tremendous success posting an impressive 71-14 (.835) mark and having won six regular season championships as members of the Hudson Valley Men’s Athletic Conference (HVMAC). In 2008, St. Joseph’s won their first-ever conference championship defeating Berkeley College 74-54. The Bears won their second title in 2010 after completing an undefeated season against conference opponents. In 2014, Cocozello led the Bears to the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Conference (HVIAC) title after finishing an unbeaten campaign through conference play with an 18-win season.

In their first season in the Skyline Conference in 2015-16, Cocozello guided the Bears to runner-up honors after a cinderella run at the Skyline title, entering the championship tournament as the No. 6 seed and knocking off the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds before falling one game shy of the program’s first NCAA Championships berth.

Since taking over at the helm for the Bears he has overseen the Bears transition into the NCAA and has been named HVIAC (formerly HVMAC) Coach of the Year seven times, USCAA National Coach of the Year in 2005, and Association of Division III Independents (AD3I) Coach of the Year four times. However, he is most proud of having two student-athletes being named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans—David Louison '15 and Michael Megafu '16.

Despite his success on the court, Cocozello places winning as his third priority.  “First and foremost, the primary goal is to instill in our student-athletes that it is honor and a privilege to represent St. Joseph’s College, and it is to be done at all times with pride and dignity both on and off the court. Second, our expectations for our student-athletes in the classroom supersede our on-the-court expectations. We want them to graduate in four years as well-prepared men ready to enter the next phase of their life. If we can be successful in accomplishing those first two goals, winning often takes care of itself.”

An outstanding player for the Bears, Cocozello was a 1,000-point scorer whose teams compiled a 58-55 record during his playing career. After a one-year hiatus from the court, he was offered the freshman head coaching position at Tottenville High School in Staten Island where he also served as an assistant on the varsity bench during the 1996-97 season. Cocozello then spent two seasons at St. Peter’s High School in Staten Island where he was mentored by two of his high school coaches, Rich LaGrotta and Charlie Driscoll, two of the winningest coaches in the history of Staten Island High School basketball before receiving the offer to return to his alma mater.

Cocozello earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from St. Joseph’s College, then went on to receive a Masters in education from St. John's University. After 18 years in the classroom, he is currently in his third year as principal at Blessed Sacrament School in Staten Island, and he is also managing partner of J&J Sea Tackle Company, a wholesale fishing tackle manufacturer.

He resides in Lincroft, N.J. with his wife Jennifer, son Jackson, and daughters Morgan and Jordyn.

 

Cocozello's Year-by-Year Record

2002-03 St. Joseph's (Bklyn) 18-11 USCAA D2 National Tournament Runner-Up
2003-04 St. Joseph's (Bklyn) 13-14  
2004-05 St. Joseph's (Bklyn) 19-14 USCAA D2 National Tournament Participant
USCAA National Coach of the Year 
HVMAC Regular Season Champion & Tournament Runner-Up
2005-06 St. Joseph's (Bklyn) 21-12 USCAA D2 National Tournament Participant
HVMAC Regular Season Champion & Tournament Runner-Up
2006-07 St. Joseph's (Bklyn) 21-11 USCAA D2 National Tournament Participant
HVMAC Regular Season Champion & Tournament Runner-Up
HVMAC Coach of the Year
2007-08 St. Joseph's (Bklyn) 12-15 HVMAC Regular Season & Tournament Champion
HVMAC Coach of the Year 
2008-09 St. Joseph's (Bklyn) 12-15 HVMAC Regular Season Champion & Tournament Runner-Up
2009-10 St. Joseph's (Bklyn) 10-16 HVMAC Regular Season & Tournament Champion
HVMAC Coach of the Year 
2010-11 St. Joseph's (Bklyn) 8-19 HVMAC Tournament Runner-Up
2011-12 St. Joseph's (Bklyn) 13-14  HVMAC Tournament Runner-Up
AD3I & HVMAC Coach of the Year
2012-13 St. Joseph's (Bklyn) 16-13 USCAA D1 National Tournament Participant
HVMAC Tournament Runner-Up  
AD3I & HVMAC Coach of the Year 
2013-14 St. Joseph's (Bklyn) 18-9 HVIAC Regular Season & Tournament Champion
AD3I & HVIAC Coach of the Year
2014-15 St. Joseph's (Bklyn) 18-10 USCAA D1 National Tournament Participant
HVIAC Tournament Runner-Up
AD3I & HVIAC Coach of the Year
2015-16 St. Joseph's (Bklyn) 15-13 Skyline Conference Runner-Up
2016-17 St. Joseph's (Bklyn) 4-21  
2017-18 St. Joseph's (Bklyn) 10-15  
  Overall 228-222 (.507)