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Former Mountaineer named Fairmont baskball coach

By Staff | Jul 7, 2017

FAIRMONT – Last remembered at WVU for shooting free throws left-handed because of a dislocated right shoulder, one-time guard Joe Mazzulla has been named the head basketball coach at Fairmont State.

Fairmont lost only three games in the 2016-17 season, the last defeat coming by 10 points to Northwest Missouri State in the NCAA Division II national championship game. Following the close of this past season, Fairmont’s head coach, Jerod Calhoun, took a similar position at a NCAA Division I school, Youngstown State.

Mazzulla last played for WVU in 2010 when the Mountaineers reached the Final Four in the NCAA Tournament. He scored 17 points in the East Region final that season where the Mountaineers defeated Kentucky to gain a berth in the Final Four. Mazzulla was named the Most Outstanding Player in the East Region tournament that season.

Beginning his coaching career at Glenville (West Virginia), Mazzulla was an assistant for the Pioneers for two seasons before moving to Fairmont for the next three seasons. The 2016-17 campaign found Mazzulla as an assistant coach in the NBA Development League with the Maine entry.

West Virginia made the NCAA Tournament in all four of Mazzulla’s years. He red-shirted one season in Morgantown.

Recruited by Coach John Beilein, Mazzulla’s last several seasons with the Mountaineers were played under Coach Bob Huggins.