It was announced on Monday that Manhattan College will reinstate Steve Masiello as the head coach of the Men’s Basketball team upon the completion of his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky.
Masiello will be on unpaid leave until he receives his degree. During his absence, associate head coach Matt Grady will lead the program as interim head coach.
In what has been an emotional past couple of weeks for those who are fans of the Manhattan College Men’s Basketball team an answer has finally been given and hopefully the process of healing can begin.
According to the release on the Manhattan College Athletics Website Brennan O’Donnell, who is the president of Manhattan College had this to say: “After an extensive review of the situation and extenuating circumstances, we determined that Mr. Masiello executed poor judgment but did not intentionally misrepresent himself in applying to the College. After participating in graduation ceremonies at the University of Kentucky, he enrolled in summer courses with the intention of completing his degree, but never followed through to make sure that the degree was awarded. We appreciate the counsel of all involved in assessing this complex situation. Our policy was always that the coach must have at least a four-year undergraduate degree. We are confident that Mr. Masiello will be able to complete his degree this summer and return soon thereafter to resume his duties.”
“I am extremely grateful and humbled by the opportunity to continue as the head men’s basketball coach at Manhattan College,” Steve Masiello said in the same release. “I made a mistake that could have cost me my job at an institution I love. Details matter. Manhattan College has shown me a great deal of compassion and trust during this process, and I will do everything in my power to uphold that trust. I understand that I am very fortunate to have the chance to remain here at Manhattan.”
Do stay tuned as there will be a long road a head for both Steve Masiello and the Manhattan Men’s Basketball team, and we here at 1495 Sports will hope to have updates when we can for the fans.