P.J. Carlesimo is a college basketball analyst for Westwood One and has covered the NCAA Tournament for the network since 2009. He served as an analyst at the 2012 London Olympic Games and returns in the same capacity for Rio 2016.
Carlesimo served as an assistant coach for USA Basketball for the gold-medal winning team at the 1992 Olympic Games, the 1990 World Championships, the 1990 Goodwill Games and the 1988 Olympic Trials.
Carlesimo also covers the NBA extensively for ESPN and ESPN Radio. He served as an NBA head coach in Portland (1994-97), Golden State (1996-2000), Seattle/Oklahoma City (2007-09) and Brooklyn (2012-13). He was also an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors (2010-11) and the San Antonio Spurs (2002-2007).
Carlesimo began his coaching career as an assistant at Fordham University in 1971, before being named head coach at New Hampshire College for one season (1975-76). He then spent six seasons(1976-82) as the head coach at Wagner College, and led the Seahawks to their first NIT appearance. In 1982, Carlesimo was named head coach at Seton Hall University, a position he held for 12 years. In 1987-88, he guided Seton Hall into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. His teams qualified for the NCAA Tournament in six of his final seven years. He was named NCAA Coach of the Year in 1989 after registering a 31-7 mark, and advancing to the NCAA Championship Game. In addition, he was named Big East Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1989.
Between coaching stints, Carlesimo was also an NBA broadcaster for NBC Sports, Turner Sports and Spurs Television.
P.J. Carlesimo's Posts
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Luke Maye’s jumper with .3 seconds left on the clock gave top-seeded North Carolina a 75-73 win over second-seeded Kentucky in the South Regional Final on Sunday evening. With the win, North Carolina has secured… Read More »
MEMPHIS, TN – In a regional final for the ages, national powerhouses UNC and Kentucky will meet for a spot in the Final Four. With Roy Williams and John Calipari at the helm for the Tar Heels and Wildcats, respectively, you can be sure both teams will be prepared. The… Read More »
MEMPHIS, TN – North Carolina is no stranger to the Final Four, and they’ve already met Kentucky once before this season. But that doesn’t mean Justin Jackson is taking any of it for granted. Jackson has focused last offseason on becoming a better shooter to help his team, and it’s… Read More »
MEMPHIS, TN – De’Aaron Fox scored 39 points – an individual high in this year’s tournament – as Kentucky defeated UCLA 86-75 to advance to the Elite Eight. The victory sets up a rematch of a game earlier this season, when Kentucky defeated North Carolina 103-100 in Las Vegas. Gary… Read More »
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Top-seeded North Carolina shot 54 percent from the floor and buried 8-of-17 3-pointers in the first half to shoot its way past No. 4-seed Butler, 92-80, in regional final action from Memphis. Joel Barry scored 26 points and Justin Jackson had 24 to pace the Tar Heels… Read More »
MEMPHIS, TN – With rumors and speculation about the future of Steve Alford buzzing around this week, the UCLA head coach is doing his best to ignore all of the distractions and instead focus on his third-seeded Bruins’ challenge at-hand: a huge Sweet Sixteen matchup with second-seeded Kentucky. Above everything else, Alford… Read More »
MEMPHIS, TN – Kentucky head coach John Calipari knows that rebounding and limiting turnovers will be a premium for both teams when his second-seeded Wildcats looks to get a little revenge against third-seeded UCLA, who ended their home-court winning streak earlier this season. Both teams like to push it up-and-down the… Read More »
MEMPHIS, TN – Top-seeded North Carolina faces a stiff test in fourth-seeded Butler, when the Tar Heels and Bulldogs get set to tip off Friday night’s Sweet Sixteen action at 7:09 PM Eastern. Closing out the East Region double-bill, second-seeded Kentucky will look to avenge their December 3rd home defeat when they… Read More »