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.
BOSTON, MA – Top-seeded Villanova rode five players scoring double digits to advance to their 2nd Final Four in three years with a 71-59 victory over Texas Tech. The Wildcats overcame a hot start by the Red Raiders, who led by 9-1 at one point, to lead at halftime and…Read More »
OMAHA, NE – After a night that saw #9 Kansas State, #11 Loyola-Chicago and #9 Florida State advance to the Elite 8, the top seeds of the Midwest and East regions returned to form Friday as #1 seeds Kansas and Villanova dispatched #5’s Clemson and West Virginia, respectively. In the…Read More »
LAS VEGAS, NV – Arizona defeated UCLA in overtime and USC took care of Oregon as the Pac-12’s top two seeds advanced to Saturday night’s championship game. Ryan Radtke and P.J. Carlesimo had the call on Westwood One.Read More »
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 a Final Four appearance for the second consecutive season. Maye finished with a…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 »