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#1999 Lou Campanelli
Position: Coach
Hometown: Elizabeth, N.J.
Alma Mater: Montclair State
Graduating Year: 1960
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Campanelli became JMU's men's basketball coach in 1972, and he led the Dukes through 13 seasons of incredible growth. While moving from the non-scholarship level to Division I, his teams had a 238-118 (.669) record, made five NCAA Tournament appearances and never had a losing season mark. His second JMU team went to NCAA Division II Tournament play, his third won the state small college title and his fourth returned to NCAA Division II post-season play.

In 1976-77 JMU moved to Division I, where his first four teams won 71 games and his next three (1981, 1982, 1983) advanced to the second round of NCAA play. The 1981 team beat Georgetown in NCAA play, the 1982 team beat Ohio State and the 1983 team beat West Virginia. The 24-6 1982 team in second-round play battled into the final seconds against an eventual national champion North Carolina team that included future first-round professional draft selections Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Sam Perkins before losing 52-50.

Campanelli later led California (1985-93) to four post-season tournaments after it had had but one winning season in the previous 10 and hadn't gone to NCAA post-season play in 30 years. His first California team snapped a 52-game losing streak against UCLA.

The Elizabeth, N.J., native and 1960 Montclair State graduate since has coached abroad, has worked as a television commentator, has worked with professional basketball organizations and has conducted numerous clinics domestically and abroad.