Jared Grasso was announced April 2, 2018 as the eighth men’s basketball coach in Bryant University’s history, bringing 16 years of experience in Division I coaching in the Northeast to Smithfield.
Grasso was tabbed to lead the Bryant program after most recently working for the last eight seasons at Iona, where he helped the Gaels to unparalleled success both at Iona and in the MAAC.
Iona posted a record of 182-92 (.664) and a mark of 112-40 (.737) in the MAAC from 2010-18, as the Gaels staff led by Tim Cluess became the fastest to 100 MAAC wins in conference history. The Gaels made five NCAA Tournament appearances (2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) in Grasso’s eight years in New Rochelle, with the 2011-12 Iona team being one of just two in MAAC history to earn an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament. The Gaels won three MAAC regular-season championships (2012, 2014, 2015) during Grasso’s tenure, with the 2014 and 2015 iterations of the Gaels qualifying for the NIT.
The Gaels battled to win the MAAC Tournament Championship in each of the last three seasons, making Iona one of three programs from a mid-major conference to qualify for three straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2016-18. Iona advanced to the MAAC Championship Final seven times in Grasso’s eight years at Iona, including a conference-record six straight appearances from 2013-2018.
As Iona’s recruiting coordinator, Grasso has been instrumental in the recruiting and coaching of a group that includes 11 MAAC first-team all-conference selections, three MAAC Player of the Year honorees and one MAAC Rookie of the Year during his eight seasons with the Gaels. Iona has seen 22 players play professionally over the last seven seasons between the NBA, NBA G-League and international opportunities. The Gaels are the only NCAA Division I program to send a player to the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational Tournament for five straight seasons.
Prior to Iona, Grasso spent four seasons on the staff at Fordham, including the majority of the final year as interim head coach. Grasso was the lead recruiter in the Rams’ 2009 recruiting class which was ranked in the top 25 nationally by Scout.com. In 2006-07, Grasso helped guide Fordham to its winningest season in 15 years.
Grasso spent the 2005-06 season at his alma mater, Quinnipiac, where he recruited a pair of first-team All-NEC selections who would go on to be 1,000-point scorers in Hamden. Prior to Quinnipiac, Grasso worked two seasons on the staff at Hartford, where he recruited a first-team All-America East honoree. Grasso began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Hofstra in the 2002-03 season.
A four-year starter and two-year captain at Quinnipiac as a guard, Grasso currently ranks 22nd on the Bobcats’ all-time scoring list with 1,134 career points. He is fifth on the all-time list in assists with 404 and ranks fourth all-time in three-point field goals with 216. He graduated from Quinnipiac with a degree in mass communications in May 2002 and was elected to the Quinnipiac Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.
A native of Syosset, New York, Grasso attended St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, New York, from 1994-98. He earned honorable mention All-American honors as a senior at St. Anthony’s after averaging 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists per game. He, his wife Andrea and two sons currently reside in North Smithfield.
What they’re saying about Jared Grasso
“Congratulations to Bryant University on their hiring of Jared Grasso. They have hired a tremendous coach and person. Jared was instrumental in all of the success that we have had at Iona. He has excelled as a recruiter, as a coach on the floor and most importantly as a father, husband, brother, son, and friend. He is an extremely hard-working, loyal and dedicated individual. I have had the pleasure to work alongside of Jared for the last eight years and we have been a part of many special moments at Iona College. The Iona community is going to miss Jared but we are all looking forward to watching his success in the future.” – Tim Cluess, Iona
“Bryant has hit a home run by hiring Jared. He has an unmatched work ethic and an engaging personality that will benefit not only the basketball program but the entire Bryant community.” – Phil Martelli, Saint Joseph’s
“Jared is a great coach and recruiter and all he needed was this opportunity at Bryant to show it. The future of Bryant Basketball is very bright. I'm very excited for Jared!” – Mick Cronin, Cincinnati
“Jared is a rising star in this business. His work ethic and passion are second to none. He has helped build a mid-major dynasty at Iona. His winning pedigree will help put the Bryant men's basketball program on the map.” – Will Wade, LSU
"Jared is one of the best evaluators of talent and recruiters in the business. He has paid his dues and deserves success. He will bring immediate passion and excitement to Bryant and I look forward to watching him build a winner." – Steve Masiello, Manhattan
“I’m very excited to have Jared in our community. He will bring energy and passion to the Ocean State.” – Ed Cooley, Providence