Jim Satalin, a former star parochial player at St. John the Baptist in Syracuse, also was a three-year starter at St. Bonaventure University. He helped the Bonnies to a NCAA appearance in 1968 and finished his college career with 874 points (12.4 ppg). Satalin was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1969.
But Satalin’s basketball career eventually steered toward coaching. He returned to his alma mater to become the St. Bonaventure head coach from 1973 to 1982. Satalin led the Bonnies to a 156-93 record and the 1977 National Invitation Tournament championship. He was named the ECAC Coach of the Year in 1977.
Satalin then coached at Duquesne University from 1982 to 1989 and was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year twice. During the 1990’s, Satalin served as a basketball analyst for
the Empire Sports Network and other television outlets. He has also dedicated his time to charity. He became the national director for Coaches vs. Cancer in 1998.
Satalin’s father, Frank, was inducted into the Greater Syracuse Hall of Fame in 1994. The Satalin’s were just the second father and son duo to enter the hall.
1960-1964: St. John Baptist (baseball and basketball teams); Selected first team All-Parochial basketball and baseball teams in 1964
1964-1969: St. Bonaventure basketball team
1969: Drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA
1971-1973: St. Bonaventure Freshman basketball coach
1973-1982: Head basketball coach at St. Bonaventure
1997: Won NIT Championship; Named ECAC Coach of the Year
1978: Went to NCAA Tournament
1979: Went to NIT Tournament
1982-1989: Head basketball coach at Duquesne University
1983: Named Atlantic 10 Coach of they Year; Won the award again in 1985
1985: Received the Willie Stargell Coach of the Year Award; Coach of Atlantic 10 All-Stars in Europe
1987: Inducted into St. Bonaventure Sports Hall of Fame
1989: Assistant basketball coach at West Virginia
1991-2000: Observer for referees for the Big East Conference
1997: Became Regional Director of Coaches for Cancer Three Point Attack for the American Cancer Society
1998: Became National Director for Coaches for Cancer.
2002: Atlantic 10 Assigner for basketball official