On Friday, USF head basketball coach Stan Heath announced the hiring of former Lamar University head coach Steve Roccaforte to the position of assistant coach, replacing Jeremy Cox who is now with Nebraska. Roccaforte went 13-17 in 2010-11 with a 76-78 record during his five-year span
Roccafote comes with nearly 20 years of NCAA Division I experience, worked with some of the top coaches including Billy Tubbs, John Calipari and Perry Clark and is also experienced with postseason play. He has been to a pair of NCAA Tournaments with Tulane and Memphis, and five NITs with Tulane, Wyoming and Memphis. Tulane advanced to the NIT Final Four at Madison Square Garden in 1996. Memphis made a pair of trips to MSG, including a championship run in 2002.
"Roc is a terrific addition to our staff," said Coach Stan Heath. "His track record as a coach, recruiter and worker is at a high level. I fully expect Steve to hit the ground running in all areas on our Bulls staff."
Roccaforte is also known to be a top recruiter and has recruited some of the top talent in the country, helping develop multiple nationally-ranked recruiting classes. Roccaforte put together top 25 recruiting classes at Tulane, Memphis and Lamar. Memphis had the nation's top-rated recruiting class in 2001. During his first season at Lamar's in 2004 the class was rated among the top 10 in the country by HoopScoop.com. In 2009-10 as Lamar's eight-player class was ranked ninth by HoopScoopOnline.com and 15th-best in the nation by Basketball Times. The class featured three of the top 15 scorers in Junior College Division I.
"I'm very excited to work for Stan Heath," said Roccaforte. "I think he is on the verge of something very big at USF and I am happy to be a part of that, while also joining the best basketball league in the country - the BIG EAST Conference."