The Manhattan Jaspers announced Tuesday that they have parted ways with head coach Steve Masiello.
“We thank Coach Masiello for his service and wish him well,” Manhattan athletic director Marianne Riley said in a press release. “As we look to building successful teams for the future — and with recruiting season beginning soon and Coach Masiello’s contract ending in April 2023 — we determined that it was the right time to begin rebuilding from the top down.”
Manhattan has named associate head coach RaShawn Stores interim coach, Stores has coached six years for the Jaspers, and as a player played in two NCAA Tournaments with the program.
The Jaspers were ranked number two in the MAAC preseason poll, and had the MAAC preseason player of the year in Jose Perez but won’t going forward. Perez has already told college basketball writer Jaden Daly that he intends to enter the transfer portal.
Perez also made a statement on Twitter regarding the sudden change.
This has been a very tough day for me and honestly speaking coach was the most caring person I ever met he cared so much for his players and honestly speaking it would very difficult for me to put on a jasper’s uniform again if coach ain’t on those sidelines. Love you coach!— Jose Perez (@showout_zayy0) October 25, 2022
When asked about his teammates potentially leaving, he said “I think everyone,” Zagsblog reported.
The Jaspers open up the season in 13 days at VCU.