Blair’s record since Coach Mantegna’s arrival is 304-127, including nine of the last 17 Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) titles (2000-2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016) and 12 trips to the NJ prep “A” state finals, where Blair earned state titles in 2009, 2011 and 2014.
Blair was the only school in the country to put two players (
Luol Deng ’03
Charlie Villanueva ’03
) 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, over a dozen are currently playing college basketball, two coach at the college level (
Gregor Van Pelt ’07
Brian Baudinet ’05
) and one Blair alum coaches in the NBA (
Royal Ivey ’00
for OKC), while two play in the NBA (Deng and Villanueva).
The Star Ledger named Blair Academy’s 2001 team “NJ Prep Team of the Year.” In 2000, Coach Mantegna was named the New Jersey State Prep School “Coach of the Year” by The Star Ledger, and in 2002, he was named “Boys’ Warren County Coach of the Year” by The Blairstown Press.
Before arriving at Blair, Coach 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 almost two decades.
In 2014 and 2016, Coach Mantegna served as defensive coordinator for the U.S.-Select U-18 team in the U-18 World Championships at the Albert Schweitzer Games in Germany. Additionally, Coach Mantegna teams with Luol Deng to run the basketball instruction at both the Deng Top 50 Camp in London, England, and the Luol Deng Invitational Camp for student athletes of South Sudanese descent, which is held at Blair. Finally, he has lectured at basketball camps and coaches clinics throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, while also hosting the annual College Coaches Roundtable each June on Blair’s campus.
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.