In his first season on The University of Tulsa coaching staff is 40-year veteran Tom Abatemarco (pronounced Ah-bait-ah-Marco). He came to Tulsa in April 2014 following one season as an assistant coach at Loyola-Marymount. His experience includes time on both the collegiate and professional levels that includes nine NCAA tournament appearances, five Elite Eight trips and an NCAA title
Previously, Abatemarco spent three years on the coaching staff at the University of Colorado, his second stint with the Buffaloes. In three seasons on Tad Boyle's staff at CU, the Buffaloes posted back-to-back 24-win seasons in 2010-11 and 2011-12, and a 21-win season in 2012-13. In the 2011-2012 campaign, Abatemarco helped CU earn its first NCAA Tournament appearance in nine years, upsetting No. 6 UNLV in the second round and advancing to the third round. At the inaugural Pac-12 Conference Championship, the Buffs became just the 10th team in the nation to win at least four games in four days to capture the tournament title.
Abatemarco was an essential part of Colorado's recruiting efforts during his tenure there, finding and eventually signing Andre Roberson for the Buffs. Roberson is currently playing with the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.
Before arriving in Boulder, Abatemarco served a brief stint with the Sacramento Kings as a player personnel and scouting coach. In addition, he spent seven years as a broadcaster with the Kings. Abatemarco also served as an assistant coach for the Reno Bighorns of the NBDL during its inaugural 2008-09 season.
He served as an assistant coach in the WNBA with the now-defunct Sacramento Monarchs from 2003-09. In six years with the Monarchs, he guided the team to the 2003 and 2004 WNBA Western Conference Finals, before winning a conference championship in 2005. The Monarchs reached the WNBA Finals again in 2006, falling in the championship series.
Before making the transition to the WNBA, Abatemarco spent the previous 30 years on various college campuses as an assistant or head coach.
In addition to his head coaching stints, Abatemarco's college coaching experience also includes time at Utah (2004-05) under the late-Rich Majerus and Rutgers (1994-97). He spent three seasons at CU under Jim Harrington from 1991-94. Abatemarco was an assistant coach at North Carolina State from 1982-86 when the Wolfpack won the 1983 NCAA Championship under the late-Jim Valvano. He has also been credited with discovering 5'6" point guard Spud Webb while coaching at NC State.
He also coached at Virginia Tech (1981-82), at Maryland under Lefty Driesell (1979-81), under Lou Carnesecca at St. John's (1978-79), Davidson (1977-78), Iona (1975-77) and the New York Institute of Technology (1974-75). As an assistant coach, Abatemarco enjoyed nine NCAA Tournament appearances, five Elite Eight appearances and a trio of NIT appearances.
Abatemarco was instrumental in recruiting and coaching a number of other collegiate stars that went on to professional careers, including Iona's Jeff Ruland, Nate McMillan, Vinny Del Negro and Chucky Brown of NC State, Maryland's Buck Williams and Adrian Branch, Kevin Williams of St. John's, Dell Curry of St. John's, Donnie Boyce of Colorado and Lamar's Adrian Caldwell
Abatemarco graduated from Dowling College in 1974 with a degree in Education. He has three daughters: Amy, Whitney and Tracy.
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