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, 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’… 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 »
TULSA, Okla. – Behind 19 points and 10 rebounds from Johnathan Motley, third-seeded Baylor defeated No. 11-seed USC 82-78 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night. USC was seeking to become the fourth team in Tournament history to advance from the First Four to the Sweet… Read More »
TULSA, OK – In a battle of perennial college basketball heavyweights, Kansas came out on top with a 90-70 win against Michigan State to advance to a Sweet 16 date with Purdue. Josh Jackson scored 23 points for the Jayhawks. Craig Way and P.J. Carlesimo called the action on Westwood… Read More »
TULSA, OK – Top-seeded Kansas and ninth-seeded Michigan State get set to tip Sunday evening off in Tulsa at 5:15 PM Eastern. A contrast in experience will be on display, as the Spartans have had to rely mostly on freshmen this season, while the Jayhawks have been able to depend on their veteran… Read More »
TULSA, OK – Tom Izzo’s no stranger to getting his team ready for March Madness, and that preparation showed as his ninth-seeded Spartans easily handled the eighth-seeded Miami Hurricanes to advance to the second round. Nick Ward led Michigan State with 19 points, while Ja’Quan Newton had 16 for the… Read More »
TULSA, OK – Midwest Regional top-seed Kansas eased into their 2017 tournament with a comfortable 100-62 win against UC-Davis. Frank Mason III had 22 points in the win, while Chima Moneke had 20 points for the 16th-seeded Aggies. Craig Way and P.J. Carlesimo called the action on Westwood One Sports. Read More »