John DeSio, a graduate of the New York Police Academy in '73, is entering his 3rd year as the head coach of the women's basketball team in 2012-13.
His most recent coaching experience came at FDU-Madison, Madison, New Jersey. He was the assistant coach for the women’s basketball team for the 2009-2010 Season. Prior to FDU his coaching experience came at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York. He was the assistant coach for the women’s basketball team from 2006-2009. DeSio was the head recruiting and retention coordinator for the program. The program improved during that period from 2-75 to making the conference playoffs for the first time in 8 years. During his tenure at New York City College of Technology for the 2004-2006 his recruiting experience also allowed that team to improve and become the South Division Runner-up.
DeSio also has collegiate experience as the head men’s junior varsity coach at Fordham University from 1996-2000. At Fordham he worked alongside Bob Hill, who is the former coach of the Seattle Super Sonics, the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers and the San Antonio Spurs. DeSio was the recruiting liaison between the varsity team and junior college and prep school students,
DeSio has served as the girl’s junior varsity coach at Curtis High School, going undefeated on Staten Island and winning three championships from 2001-2003. DeSio also possesses vast experience at the AAU level. In 1995 he became the head coach of the Queens Lady Magic program. In 1997, DeSio coached the first New York City Parks and Recreation 14 and under team, winning the City Championship. He has also participated in the Nike and the Canadian/American Coaches Clinics.
He is a retired police officer after 25 years of service. In 2004, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Community and Human Services from SUNY-Empire State College. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Sports Psychology from Capella University. He and his wife Marcella reside in Staten Island, New York.