John Coffino

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John D Coffino
Born7 November 1962
Bronx, New York
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
EducationB.C. Social Science, Criminal Justice, Communications
OccupationAmerican and international basketball coach, scout, mentor
Home townBronx, New York

John Coffino is an American and international basketball coach. Most recently was the head basketball coach for the mens senior national team for the Republic of the Maldives, where he guided his team to the gold round of the regional tournament in Bangladesh. Previous to that he was the QSI Tbilisi[1] Director of Playing Development and a Head Coach, Boys Basketball Program. Supervisor of Basketball Coaches, Zaza Pachulia Basketball Academy[2] in Tbilisi, Georgia.

In addition to coaching and recruiting Coach Coffino also trains and certifies coaches and runs grass roots youth programmes. Every summer coach Coffino works on overseas basketball camps in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Florida, Massachusetts and New York.

Coach Coffino speaks many languages and is active on social media.


JOHN D COFFINO, born 7 November 1962, in New York City, raised in The Bronx, is in an American and international basketball coach, scout and an athletic mentor who has coached at every level including head coach of the Albuquerque Thunderbirds in the NBA development league. Coach Coffino has coached overseas for the last 10 years in several countries including Spain, China, Kenya, Qatar, Republic of Georgia, United Kingdom, Republic of the Maldives and Denmark. Coach Coffino gained a national reputation for his ability to identify outstanding talent and effectively recruit both high school and junior college players having extensive recruiting contacts in New York/NJ area and all of the east coast that stretches across the United States to the West coast as well as internationally.. Coffino has also been a West Coast scout for the NBA with Draft Services.

Before joining the professional ranks, Coffino worked nine years as a Division I assistant coach at Iona College (1997–99), Niagara University (1999–2002) and at St. Peter's College(2002–2006). Each program grew with his assistance; all three MAAC schools advanced to MAAC Championship games and the St. Peter's team went from last place in the conference to the MAAC Championship game after Coffino joined SPC's coaching staff.

Coffino, a graduate of St. Peter's College in Jersey City, began his coaching career at Westchester Community College (1992–97) in Valhalla, New York where he guided the Viking's to the National Junior College Athletic Association DI Tourney in 1993 . While coaching at St. Peter's, Coffino and Wagner head coach Mike Deane were NCAA Tournament analysts on the Wally and the Keeg show on 1050 ESPN Radio in New York City.

In April, 2012, Coffino was named head coach of the Albany Legends[3] of the Independent Basketball Association (IBA) where he steered them to the IBA championship game. Coffino came to the Legends[4] from the Qatar Sports Club, State of Qatar in the Middle East where he was head coach. Prior to Qatar Sports Club Coffino was head coach for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds ('08-'10) of the NBA Development League where he coached Alando Tucker, DJ Strawberry (Phoenix Suns), Carlos Powell (NBA player), Kevin Pittsnogle, Keith McLeod (NBA) and Antoine Agudio. Coffino was originally asked to join the Thunderbirds by then head coach Jeff Ruland as an assistant coach. It was a reuniting; Ruland and Coffino were former head and assistant coaches, respectively, for some very good Iona College teams in the late 1990s. As a collegiate coach Coffino gained a national reputation for his ability to identify outstanding talent and effectively recruit both high school and junior college players. Coffino has also been a West Coast scout for the NBA with Draft Services, and an NCAA Tournament analyst for ESPN Radio. From 2010 till present he has run and worked several Basketball and Day camps all over the USA and internationally. Coffino has been a guest speaker to several Basketball Clinics. In 2011-2012 Coffino worked as Analyst in Aljazeera’s Sports Show and Eurobasket Academy.

International Coaching[edit]

Coffino coached at Dankind Academy [5] in Nairobi [6] from August 2013 to August 2014 where his team won the NBA championship,[7][8] before leaving for the UK and Cheshire Phoenix.[9][10] In June 2014, Coffino was appointed as the head coach of British Basketball League team, Cheshire Phoenix,[11][12] Coffino was awarded the Molten BBL Coach of the Month[13] award for December 2014 after having led the Phoenix on an eight-game winning streak during the month.[14] Coffino is the best coach Cheshire have had in the last decade[15][16]

In the Summer of 2015, Coffino was appointed as the head coach of BC Sukhumi of the Georgian Superliga. After already coaching at the 2015 edition of the Scorers 1st Showcase Coffino returned there in the 2016 edition of the event and served as the Head-Coach for Team E in July.[17] From 1 July 2017 – August 2017 Coffino was a Head Coach in Europrobasketball Academy.[18] The same year, November 2015, Coffino was offered the position of Director of Player Development and a Head Coach Boys Basketball Program in QSI Tbilisi. High School Boys basketball team coached by Coffino won 1st place in Basketball Classics Tournament in Feb 2015, 2016, 2017,2018 hosted by QSI Tbilisi.

From September 2017 Coach Coffino is a Supervisor of Basketball Coaches, Zaza Pachulia Basketball Academy in Tbilisi, Georgia. From May 2018- December 2018 Coffino was the head basketball coach for the mens senior national team for the Republic of the Maldives.

Games Coached[edit]

Club Year Games Coached
Albuquerque Thunderbirds (NBADL) 2008-2009 50
Albuquerque Thunderbirds (NBADL) 2009-2010 50
Qatar SC (Qatari Basketball League 2010-2011 14
Albany Legends (IBA) 2012 spring 12
Twin City United 2012 12
Dankind Academy 2013-2014 44
Dankind Academy 2014 14
Cheshire Phoenix BBL 2014-2015 36
Totals 233


School Camps Exposure Camps Coaching Clinics
Duke University Scorers First Las Vegas Guest Speaker
Syracuse University Las Vegas Combine
Manhattan College HMS Men's & Women's
Iona College Coates Sports Management Pro Exposure Men's and Women's
Niagara University Elite Pro
Hoop Group Florida Combine Men's and Women's
Fairfield University Europrobasket
QSI Tbilisi International Albuquerque D league Tryout
Seton Hall University NBA D league National
Tulsa 66ers Tryout


  1. ^ QSI International School of Tbilisi
  2. ^ "Zaza Pachulia Basketball Academy - Tbilisi, Georgia - Coach, Gym/Physical Fitness Center | Facebook". Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  4. ^ After coaching in Qatar, Coffino takes over Legends
  5. ^ KBF to Recall a Few Diaspora Stars to Boost Squad for AAG Qualifiers
  7. ^ Benchwarmers 06 Extra
  8. ^ Death in Kenyan siege touches former Albuquerque coach
  10. ^ Cheshire Phoenix: Club mascot BiG Lupus speaks to Coach Coffino
  11. ^ ‘Coach C’ takes charge at the Cheshire Phoenix
  12. ^ After coaching in Qatar, Coffino takes over Legends
  14. ^ Phil Munns chats to Coach John Coffino on Cheshire Phoenix win over London Lions
  15. ^ Outgoing John Coffino pays tribute to 'unbelievable' Cheshire Phoenix fans
  16. ^ John Coffino
  18. ^ John Coffino NBA D-League Coach Europrobasket