BA, Ithaca College
Joe Mantegna is associate dean of college counseling, director of testing and head coach of the varsity boys’ basketball team, posting an impressive 418-150 career record against a nationally ranked schedule. Since joining Blair’s faculty in 1999, Joe has also advised students as a 12th-grade academic monitor. Currently, Joe serves as the assistant coach for the South Sudanese Men’s National Team under head coach Royal Ivey ’00 and South Sudan Basketball president Luol Deng '03. The team competed in AfroBasket 2021 in Rwanda and in World Cup qualifying in the summer of 2022. Additionally, Joe acted as the head coach of the USA team at the 2022 NIKE Hoop Summit in Portland, OR where he led the USA team to a 22 point victory over the World Team. As well, Joe is a coaching consultant for the Luol Deng Foundation, where he assists in running camps throughout North America and Australia for Sudanese immigrants and, annually, for the best players in the UK in London. He also owns and runs basketball camps and coaching clinics in New Jersey and Massachusetts. Joe served as defensive coordinator and, later, head coach for the USA Select Team, which competed in three different Albert Schweitzer Games in Mannheim, Germany. Since 2019, he has been an on-court coach for USA Basketball’s U-18 and U-16 training camps, and he is also a regular speaker for USA Basketball Academies around the country. Joe completed his undergraduate work at Ithaca College in New York in 1991 and earned a master’s degree in sports management from East Stroudsburg University in 1995. Before arriving at Blair, he served as an assistant coach and admission professional at four colleges, including Boston University and Lehigh University. Joe lives on campus with his wife, Shelly, and their children, Jake ’19, Lula ’20 and Xavier ’24.