Sean Rutigliano completed his fourth season on the Army West Point men's basketball coaching staff in 2014-15.
Last season, Rutigliano helped the Black Knights reach 15 victories for the third consecutive year, marking the first time the program recorded three straight 15-win campaigns since Bob Knight's teams each won at least 15 from 1967-70.
Rutigliano also saw Army West Point capture the 2014 All-Military Classic presented by USAA Championship with victories over Air Force and VMI. In addition, the 2014-15 Black Knights defeated USC, 85-77 in overtime, to secure their first win against a Pac-12 team since 1964.
Individually, Rutigliano mentored All-Patriot League Second-Team selection Tanner Plomb and third-team honoree Kyle Wilson. Plomb was second on the team in scoring and rebounding, while Wilson led the conference in points per game.
The program also excelled in the classroom in 2014-15 and posted its highest team grade-point average in 10 years with a 2.84 GPA in the fall semester as seven players were honored with places on the West Point Dean's List.
Since his addition to the Black Knights' coaching staff in June 2011, 10 All-Patriot League honors have been handed out to Army West Point players, including a pair for first-team nods for Ella Ellis and Wilson's Rookie of the Year award in 2013.
A native of nearby Suffern, N.Y., he spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Ouachita Baptist University where he assisted in pre-game preparation, player development and in-game strategy. In addition to his on-court responsibilities with the varsity team, Rutigliano served as the head coach of the Tigers developmental squad. Rutigliano also gained administrative experience as Ouachita Baptist's assistant director of compliance.
Prior to his work at Ouachita Baptist, Rutigliano spent one and one-half seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. With several players he helped recruit leading the way, including first-team National Association of Basketball Coaches first-team All-American Josh Magette, the Chargers advanced the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in 2010.
Rutigliano also served as a volunteer assistant with the men's basketball program at Kean University, assisting with opponent scouting, video breakdown and other administrative duties.
In addition to his collegiate basketball coaching experience, Rutigliano coached the Spring Valley High (N.Y.) High School girls varsity tennis squad in 2007.
Rutigliano graduated magna cum laude from Cortland State with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 2007. He earned his master's degree in the same subject with an emphasis in coaching from Ball State University in 2010. Prior to attending Cortland, he earned an associate's degree from SUNY Rockland Community College where he was a two-sport standout in basketball and tennis. Rutigliano earned the SUNY Chancellor's award for student excellence and earned national academic recognition from the National Junior College Athletic Association.