Anthony Crocitto, a veteran Division II head coach with experience at all three levels of NCAA women's basketball, was named Saint Leo University's new head women's basketball coach on May 4, 2016, by Director of Athletics Francis X. Reidy.
In his first season at Saint Leo, Crocitto guided the program to a 9-18 season, increasing the Lions’ win total, including winning more Sunshine State Conference games, and earning a spot in the SSC Tournament. Crocitto picked up his 150th win in the Lions’ take down of NAIA for Florida Memorial on Nov. 19. He saw his senior forward Chelsy Springs earn First Team All-SSC honors, along with D2CCA All South Region Second Team accolades. He also saw his assistant coach, Megan Dzikas, earn a spot on the WBCA ‘Thirty Under 30’ honoree list. Prior to the season, Crocitto was named the Sunshine State Conference Captain for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
Crocitto came to Saint Leo from the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), where he has served as the Bears' head women's basketball coach from 2009-2016. Under Crocitto's guidance, NYIT logged three 20-win campaigns in 2012-13, 2014-15, and 2015-16, rejuvenating a program that was 4-23 in the 2008-09 season, the year prior to his arrival at the Old Westbury, N.Y. campus.
With Crocitto at the helm, NYIT posted a 115-90 overall record, including an 87-36 mark over the last four seasons. He was named the 2015-16 East Coast Conference Coach of the Year, after leading NYIT to a new program record for wins with a 26-9 mark and an appearance in the NCAA regional championship game.
Under Crocitto's tutelage, NYIT produced one WBCA Honorable Mention All-American, an ECC Player of the Year, 16 ECC All-Conference selections, and eight All-Metropolitan Team players.
Along with success on the basketball court, Crocitto's NYIT teams became role models in the community and in the classroom. His student-athletes were involved in community outreach with groups ranging from the Girl Scouts to the Knights of Columbus, and last year posted a 3.40 team grade points average. In addition to his role as head women's basketball coach, Crocitto also assisted NYIT Athletics with development and alumni relations projects.
Prior to accepting the head coaching position at NYIT, Crocitto served as an assistant coach at Longwood University (2007-09), the University of Central Florida (2006-07), Hofstra University (2004-06), and Fairleigh Dickinson University (2002-04). Altogether, Crocitto has nearly 20 years of collegiate women's basketball coaching experience.
Crocitto earned his first head coaching assignment in 1997, when he was named head women's basketball coach at Dowling College, after serving as an assistant during the previous two seasons. In 2001, he moved to Boston to become head coach at Mount Ida College during the program's first season in Division III, and guided the Mustangs to a 10-14 record.
A native of Amityville, N.Y., Crocitto received his Bachelor's degree in management from Hofstra University in 1995. He and his wife Kristin have two children, Skai Grace, and Nikos Joseph.