Darren Savino is in his eighth season as an assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati, joining the program prior to the start of 2010-11 campaign.
Savino has played a key role in helping guide the Bearcats to seven consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances since his arrival. (UC is one of only eight schools in the nation to play in the tournament each of the last seven years.)
During the 2014-15 season, Savino temporarily took on added responsibilities as associate head coach for the final 25 games of the year while head coach Mick Cronin missed practices and games due to health reasons.
A talented recruiter with long ties to the New York metro area, Savino’s 21-year college coaching career has included stops at schools along the east coast, southwest and Ohio Valley.
Savino joined the UC staff after a four-year stint at Rutgers where he was a key New York and New Jersey recruiter. He was named the Scarlet Knights interim head coach in April 2010 after the resignation of head coach Fred Hill.
Savino played a key role in recruiting McDonald’s All-American and fellow Jersey City, New Jersey native Mike Rosario to the Knights in 2008. Before transferring to Florida, Rosario had made a name for himself in the BIG EAST Conference at Rutgers, averaging 16.2 and 16.7 points as a freshman and sophomore, respectively.
While at Rutgers, Savino also is credited with developing big man Hamady Ndiaye, who was selected by the Washington Wizards in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft.
Prior to his term at Rutgers, UC head coach Mick Cronin and Savino developed a close rapport at Murray State where Savino served as an assistant from 2004-06. As a member of the Racers’ staff, Savino was involved in every aspect of the program, helping Murray State to two Ohio Valley Conference championships and an NCAA tournament appearance.
From 2002-04, Savino served as an assistant coach at Quinnipiac University overseeing the program’s recruiting efforts and player development. He joined Quinnipiac after three years (1999-2002) at the University of New Mexico where the Lobos made three consecutive NIT appearances.
Savino held a similar title at East Carolina University in 1998-99 and at St. John’s University from 1996-98. During the second of his two seasons at St. John’s, the Red Storm reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years with a team featuring future NBA players Ron Artest, Felipe Lopez, Zendon Hamilton, and Lavor Postell.
Before St. John’s, Savino spent the 1995-96 season as an administrative assistant at Seton Hall University. He began his coaching career as a junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach at Marist High School in Bayonne, New Jersey.
Savino graduated in 1994 from Jersey City College with a degree in business administration, specializing in sports management. He was a member of the Jersey City basketball team that reached the NCAA Division III Final Four in 1992.
A 1989 graduate of St. Anthony High School, Savino played under the legendary Bob Hurley, Sr., where he teamed with Duke star Bobby Hurley and high school All-American, Roderick Rhodes, on a team that won the USA Today national championship his senior season.