Coach Mantegna arrived at Blair in 1999 and has built Blair into a national prep school basketball powerhouse.
Blair’s record since Mantegna’s arrival is 287-119, including eight of the last 16 MAPL league titles (2000-2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2015) and 11 trips to the NJ Prep A State Finals, including State Titles in 2009, 2011 and 2014.
Blair was the only school in the country to put two players (Luol Deng and Charlie Villanueva) in the 2003 McDonald’s All-American Game. Five Blair alums have played in the NCAA Final Four, 41 former Blair players have ended up on Division I rosters in the last 16 years, and over a dozen are currently playing college basketball, two coach at the Division I level (Gregor Van Pelt and Brian Baudinet) and one Blair alum coaches in the NBA developmental league (Royal Ivey), while two are in the NBA (Deng and Villanueva).
The Star Ledger named Blair Academy’s 2001 team as the “NJ Prep Team of the Year.” In 2000, Mantegna was named the New Jersey State Prep School “Coach of the Year” by The Star Ledger, and The Blairstown Press named him “2002 Boys’ Warren County Coach of the Year.”
Before arriving at Blair, Mantegna served as an assistant coach at four colleges in an eight-year span, including three years at both Boston University and Lehigh University. In addition, Coach Mantegna has run the Joe Mantegna Basketball School for the last 25 years in Northampton, Massachusetts, as well as the Wednesday Workouts, Buccaneer Fundamentals Basketball School and Individual Skills School in Blairstown, New Jersey, for more than a decade. As well, Mantegna served as the defensive coordinator for the US-Select u-18 team in the U-18 World Championships at the Albert Schweitzer Games in Germany in April 2014. He regularly lectures at basketball camps and coaches clinics throughout the northeast and hosts the annual College Coaches Roundtable each June on campus at Blair.
Coach Mantegna lives on campus with his wife, Shelly, and their three children. In addition to his coaching duties, he serves as the Associate Dean of College Counseling and director of testing.