COACHES CLINIC2020-10-15T12:14:37-04:00


We are BEYOND excited to have Coach Mantegna from national prep school powerhouse Blair Academy join us!

One of the best basketball minds in the entire country is coming to help your raise your coaching game.

Check out THIS resume. Sheesh!

A 1991 graduate of Ithaca College, head boys’ varsity basketball coach Joe Mantegna arrived at Blair in 1999 and has built Blair into a national prep school basketball powerhouse. Blair’s record since Coach Mantegna’s arrival is 394-145, including 13 of the last 20 Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) titles (2000-2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020) and 18 trips to the NJ prep “A” state finals, where Blair earned state titles in 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2019.

Blair has helped six former players go to the NBA and was the only school in the country to put two players (Luol Deng ’03 and Charlie Villanueva ’03) in the 2003 McDonald’s All-American Game. Six Blair alums have played in the NCAA Final Four, more than 60 Blair players have ended up on Division I rosters in the last 21 years, ten former players have played professionally overseas and a number of former players coach at the NBA, NCAA and prep school levels as well.

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. In 2018, he was head coach of that same U.S.-Select team. 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 Camps each summer for student athletes of South Sudanese descent in various North American sites and in Melbourne, Australia. Coach Mantegna has also 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. Finally, he regularly serves as a featured speaker for USA Basketball Coach Academy in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Atlanta, where young coaches learn to become USA Basketball-certified teachers of the game.

Who is welcome to attend?

Any coach, with any level of experience. Youth coaches, high school coaches, college coaches, parent coaches, young adults with coaching aspirations. If you love the game of basketball and have a yearning to learn more, you are welcome.

What will be covered?

There will be a myriad of topics covered. Offensive and defensive concepts, intangible concepts (culture, leadership and the like), practice drills, specific plays. Most importantly, we are going to cover what YOU need. This will be a clinic that is heavily based on your questions and inquiries. Coach Mantegna is extremely experienced in all aspects of the game. He and I are looking forward to tag teaming and giving you exactly what you need to take you knowledge of this beautiful game to the next level. You will be able to ask questions in the midst of the topics that we have planned. In addition, you will be invited to ask about any relevant basketball coaching subject and we will answer accordingly. In fact, when you register, you are welcome to include topics that you would like us to discuss. 

How do I register?

Saturday November 14th

Sparta PAL – 38 Station Road

10am-1pm – coffee break halfway through

Check in begins at 930am

Pre register before November 7th – $35

After November 7th – $45

Masks will be required upon entry and we will have seats set up to socially distance

You must pre register, simply by emailing

Payment will be accepted by check at the door or Venmo at anytime