Former assistant coach Albert DeSalvo hired as head coach for Women’s Basketball

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PITTSBURGH - The Carlow University Department of Athletics is pleased to announce the hiring of Albert DeSalvo as the new women's basketball head coach.

DeSalvo, who was the assistant coach of the program for the past two years, will be starting his third year with the Celtics.

"We are excited to have DeSalvo stay on as the head coach of the program and look forward to the continuity it will provide for our athletes," said Director of Athletics George Sliman. "Our team is looking to turn a corner this season, and we think DeSalvo can keep the momentum going in a positive direction."

Coach DeSalvo said he talked it over with his wife, and with her blessing, applied for the position. "With her blessing, I felt it was the right time," he said. "Just having been there and knowing all of the student-athletes, I thought I'd be a great fit."

DeSalvo served as a police officer for the South Kingstown (R.I.) Police Department for 23 years and began his coaching journey in 2008 as the gym supervisor and assistant women's basketball coach at Penn State Beaver in Monaca, Pa.

He said he is most looking forward to playing a "different style" of basketball this year. "I like to go deep in the bench and utilize all of the players on the team," DeSalvo said. "I like to keep fresh legs on the court; it also makes the team a lot better and keeps them focused since they have a shot to get into the game at any time."

Sliman and DeSalvo both agree the team is ready to turn a corner this season and get into a more "winning mindset."

"I would just like to thank the search committee and everyone who's given me the opportunity to be the head coach," DeSalvo said. "I hope everyone enjoys attending our games and gets excited about the team, and I hope to see a big turnout when the athletes play at home."

The 2019-20 women's basketball schedule will be released within the coming weeks.

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