Joe Crispin was named the head coach of the Rowan University men's basketball team in May 2016. He had been an assistant coach for the men's and women's basketball teams the past two years.
Crispin was a standout player at Pitman High School and Penn State University. He later spent time in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns.
Crispin has been the owner and director of Crispin Basketball since 2008. The organization has conducted various camps, clinics and leagues for players in grades K-12. Crispin has also personally trained players from the elementary to collegiate levels. He previously enjoyed two stints on the staff of the Penn State Basketball Camp from 1999-2001 and 2010-13. Crispin has played professionally in numerous European countries including Ukraine, Italy, Turkey, Spain, Poland and Greece.
Crispin was named to the All-League second team while playing in Italy for Enel Brindisi during the 2009-10 season. The team won the regular season title and reached the final. While in Turkey with Bandirma Banvit from 2007-2009, Crispin was a team captain and a member of the all-star team. He was named to the All-Polish League second team while playing for Anwil Wloclawek in 2004.
In the United States, Crispin was a member of the Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs of the USBL. The team won the league championship under former NBA player Darryl Dawkins. Crispin also saw time with the Kansas City Knights of the ABA. He was the league’s most valuable player for the 2003-04 season. Crispin briefly played for the Southern California Surf (ABA) under Scott Brooks, who is currently the head coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Crispin spent part of the 2001-02 NBA season with the Suns and was coached by Scott Skiles. He played in 15 games, averaging 8.6 minutes and 4.6 points. Crispin’s first professional experience was with the Lakers under Hall of Famer Phil Jackson. He saw time in six games during the 2001-02 season.
Crispin was a four-year starter at Penn State from 1997-2001. He was named to the Big Ten All-Conference team twice and ended his career with 1,986 points. During Crispin’s time in “Happy Valley”, the Nittany Lions reached the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Division I Tournament and made two Final Four appearances in the NIT. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications.
Joe Cassidy was the Rowan men's basketball coach for 20 years for becoming the team's associate head coach in May 2016. He compiled a won-loss record of 336-187.
Cassidy guided the team to four appearances in the NCAA Championship Tournament and 15 trips to the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship Tournament. The Profs won the conference title in 1999.
Entering the 2015-16 season, Cassidy was the 46th winningest active coach (.657) and he was ranked 58th in victories (327-171). He has guided the Profs to four appearances in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament and 15 trips to the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championship Tournament. The Profs won the conference title in 1999.
Cassidy was an assistant coach for the Profs for five seasons before taking over the head position. During that time, Rowan won the national championship in 1996 and reached the national semifinals in 1995 and 1993. In addition, Cassidy served as the athletic academic coordinator and was responsible for the NCAA life skills program.
Prior to Rowan, he was an assistant coach at Drexel University from 1980-91. In 1986, Drexel won the East Coast Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA Division I Championship Tournament. He was also the head basketball coach at Harriton High School (1979-80) and an assistant at The Haverford School (1976-78).
For the past 14 years, Cassidy has served as the Atlantic District coordinator for the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-America team. From 2006-08, he was on the selection committee for the Collegiate Basketball Invitational All-Star Tournament. In addition, he is a baseball umpire for high school with a degree from the Al Somers School for Umpires and is active in the Philadelphia area.
Cassidy graduated from St. Joseph's College (PA) in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in politics and was the Hawks' mascot his junior and senior year. He is a 1970 graduate of Archbishop Carroll in Radnor, PA. He resides in Mullica Hill, NJ with his wife Betty Ann and they have a son, Tyler and daughter, Devon.
Tom Iacovone is in his 10th season on Rowan University’s coaching staff, his eighth as an assistant. He was a graduate assistant the first two years.
Iacovone graduated from Lebanon Valley College in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. In 2007, he received his master’s degree in higher education administration from Rowan.
He played guard on Lebanon Valley’s basketball team for two seasons.
Iacovone is a physical education teacher at Gloucester Catholic High School. He resides in Pittsgrove, NJ with his wife Rebecca.
This is Demetrius Poles’ third year as men’s basketball assistant coach at Rowan University.
He returned to the University after an international professional coaching and playing career. Poles was the head coach for Brahe Basket in Sweden from 2009-2013. In 2012-13, the team had a 19-1 record, was first in the South Division and finished second in the Swedish finals. He coached Kvarnby Basket from 2003-2008. The team came in second in the South Division in 2005-2006 and had a 16-4 record.
From 2008-2009, he was the head coach for Nassjo Basket. His 18-2 squad took first in the South Division and was second in the Sweden finals. Poles coached the Swedish National Team (Boys U18) from 2012-2013. He was selected the 2012-13 Eurobasket.com Coach of the Year.
His playing career included stints in Lebanon, Finland, Sweden,Latvia, Poland, Qatar, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Russia, Syria, Jordan and Argentina.
Poles was the starting center on Rowan’s 1996 National Championship Team. He led the team in rebounds with a 6.7 average and contributed with 5.7 points per game. He also played basketball at St. Joseph’s University and was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Freshmen first team.