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Looking Back: 1975-76 Villanova Men's Basketball Team


Villanova's 1975-76 team went 16-11 but was not spectacular in any meaningful way. However, it had several players and coaches who went on to do remarkable things in their careers.

It's time to take a look back...

A. Rollie Massimino, Head Coach (3rd season): Under Massimino, the Wildcats compiled a record of 357-241 (.596) over 19 seasons. During his tenure, Villanova abandoned its independent status by joining the newly-formed Eastern Eight Conference in 1975. In 1980, the 'Cats moved into Big East Conference. In the NCAA Tournament, Massimino had a 20-10 record (.667). He led the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament eleven times, winning the Championship in 1985. His teams reached the Final Eight five times in an eleven-year span: 1978, 1982, 1983, 1985, and 1988. Rollie was inducted into the Big Five Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

B. Mike Fratello: Assistant Coach ... went on to become a sports broadcaster and a professional basketball coach. Currently, Fratello is the analyst for Brooklyn Nets broadcasts on the YES Network and for nationally televised games on TNT. He previously coached the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA, served as NBC's lead analyst, and is currently the head coach of the Ukraine national basketball team. Fratello is among the winningest head coaches in NBA history, ranking 18th in both all-time regular season wins (667) and games coached (1,215).

C. Whitey Rigsby: was a three-year starter ... now Director, Athletic Development and a member of the Villanova Varsity Club Hall of Fame ... served as the "Voice of Wildcat Basketball" on the radio since 1980.

D. Reggie Robinson: #27 all-time scoring leader with 1,309 points over four seasons. Now a Service Manager with Wells National Service Corp.

E. Keith Herron: #3 all-time scoring leader with 2,170 points over four seasons. ... named to Basketball Weekly's All-East team, The Sporting News All-America team, the All-NIT team, and twice to the All-Big Five team ... drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the second round of the 1978 NBA Draft ... played for the Atlanta Hawks in 1978-79, Detroit Pistons in 1980-81, and Cleveland Cavaliers in 1981-82, averaging 9.8 ppg and 2.0 rpg in 21.1 mpg ... inducted into the Big Five Hall of Fame in 1984 ... #33 jersey retired by Villanova ... now a scout with the Washington Wizards

F. John Olive: #40 all time leading scorer with 1,122 points and #15 all-time leading rebounder with 700. Olive was drafted in the eighth round of the 1977 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. He played in the NBA for the San Diego Clippers from 1978 through 1980. He also played for the Alberta Dusters in the Continental Basketball Association in the 1980-81 season. Olive was an assistant coach at Villanova under Rollie Massimino, from 1985-1992, during which Villanova won the 1985 NCAA Championship. He was named head coach at Loyola Marymount in 1992, where he served for five seasons. Olive is currently the Head Boys Basketball Coach at Torrey Pines High School in Del Mar, California.

G. Bruce Anders: Scored 11 points that season. Previously a partner at Mylotte, David & Fitzpatrick in Philadelphia, now works as a sole practitioner in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

H. Joe Rogers: #6 career assist leader with 474 ... #10 all-time single season assist leader with 153 ... #9 all-time single game assists leader with 13 an Account Executive with Converse

I. Larry Sock: Scored 96 points over his career ... no current information on Larry.

J. Larry Herron: #18 all-time leading scoring leader with 1,553 points ... went on to career in sales with Xerox.