Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg ’71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men’s Basketball, has announced the hiring of Donny Guerinoni as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2015-16 season.
Guerinoni brings 12 years of coaching experience to Cambridge, including 10 years under head coach Trent Johnson. Guerinoni was most recently on Johnson’s staff at TCU during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, helping the Horned Frogs in their transition to the Big 12 conference. While in Fort Worth, Guerinoni was responsible for scouting, game preparation, scheduling and skill development of the guards, and helped TCU secure the program’s first-ever win over a top-5 opponent with a 62-55 victory against No. 5 Kansas.
Guerinoni also worked under Johnson at both LSU (2008-12) and Stanford (2004-08), and helped those teams to six postseason appearances in eight years, including four NCAA tournament berths and one Sweet 16 bid. Guerinoni was responsible for recruiting while with the Tigers and helped in the development of current Phoenix Sun and 2009 SEC Player of the Year Marcus Thornton, as well as former NBA guard Garrett Temple.
He received his first opportunity to coach at the Division I level when Johnson took over the Stanford program prior to the 2004-05 season, beginning as the team’s director of basketball operations and video coordinator before being promoted to assistant coach after two years. Guerinoni was also responsible for recruiting during his time on The Farm, and worked with current Brooklyn Net Brook Lopez and New York Knick Robin Lopez. Guerinoni helped the Cardinal to an 80-47 overall record and four-straight postseason appearances.
Guerinoni was recruited to play for Johnson at Nevada after first attending West Valley Community College, where he earned league MVP and first team All-State honors after helping the Vikings to back-to-back league championships. At Nevada, Guerinoni received Western Athletic Conference All-Academic honors and was the team’s top 3-point shooter.
Following the conclusion of his playing career, Guerinoni spent two years as an assistant coach at West Valley Community College under Danny Yoshikawa before rejoining Johnson at Stanford.
Guerinoni received his bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Nevada in 2002. He is a native of Sebastopol, California.