About Bert DeSalvo
Bert DeSalvo currently serves as an assistant for the women's basketball program at Division I Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. DeSalvo will be responsible for defense, post player development and recruiting amongst other duties.
DeSalvo formerly served as the Head Women's Basketball Coach at Southern Connecticut State University (NCAA DII – NE-10 Conference). During his one season at the helm 2014-15 season, SCSU tallied more overall wins and had the 5th (out of 15) best record in the conference (picked last in preseason poll). The Owls also earned a first round bye in the post-season conference tournament.
Prior to leading the SCSU program, DeSalvo was owner of Full Court Consulting, a firm which served a variety college and high school coaches throughout the country. DeSalvo also is a regular contributor on multiple blogs including his own, Expressions from the Hardwood.
DeSalvo coached previously as the top assistant for the women’s basketball program at Division II Clarion University for two seasons. DeSalvo joined the staff in 2011-2012 after a four-year stint as the head coach and assistant director of athletics at Penn State-Beaver. DeSalvo started the PSU-Beaver program from scratch in January 2007 and led the Lions to a 99-26 (.792) record in his tenure at the school while qualifying for the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) national tournament in all four seasons. DeSalvo led Penn State-Beaver the Lady Lions averaging 26 wins per season his last three campaigns. He was named the PSUAC Coach of the Year after the 2008 campaign and earned the Beaver County Hall of Fame Recognition Award as Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Prior to leading the Penn State-Beaver program, DeSalvo was an assistant women’s coach at Division III MacMurray College from August 2006 to January 2007. He also spent a season as a men’s assistant coach at NCAA Division I Maryland-Eastern Shore in 2005-2006 and was the girls’ varsity head coach at Chariho High School (RI) during the 2004-2005 season. He also has experience as a junior varsity, middle school and AAU coach.
DeSalvo has coached a number of professional players, All-Americans and All-Conference members during his career. DeSalvo boasts a career record of 113-41 (.734).
DeSalvo earned his bachelor's degree in History from the University of Rhode Island in 2002 and his master's degree in Sports Leadership from Duquesne University in 2009.