A 2007 graduate of St. Bonaventure, the 2020-21 season is Matt Pappano's 13th year under head coach Mark Schmidt as the Director of Basketball Operations.
In addition to day-to-day administrative responsibilities, Pappano also assists players with academic responsibilities, coordinates scouting and film preparation, handles the scheduling of non-conference opponents, arranges team travel, serves as the team’s liaison to adidas, manages the student assistant staff and assists with donor stewardship and alumni relations.
With Pappano's help, St. Bonaventure has become a consistent winner in the Atlantic 10. The team improved its conference win total in five straight seasons, starting in 2007-08 and culminating in the magical 2011-12 campaign. The Bonnies went 20-12 (10-6 Atlantic 10) and captured victories over Saint Joseph’s, Massachusetts and Xavier to win the Atlantic 10 Championship crown for the first time and advance to the NCAA Tournament (Second Round) for the sixth time in program history. In 2015-16, the Bonnies captured a share of their first Atlantic 10 regular season title, a school record 14 A-10 wins and a 22-9 overall record. St. Bonaventure earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NIT. Two seasons later, the Bonnies won a program-record 26 games and reached the NCAA Tournament, defeating UCLA in the First Four.
Between 2015 and the end of 2018-19 season, the Bonnies put together 85 victories, the second-most of any Atlantic 10 team during that span.
In 2009, Pappano took over as the camp director of the annual Mark Schmidt Basketball School. Pappano oversees the planning and running of a pair of highly-successful individual camps and the regionally-known team camp.
Pappano served as the Assistant Sports Information Director at his alma mater during the 2007-08 year. Pappano’s primary responsibility came as the media contact for the women’s basketball program, while he also oversaw the publication efforts of seven other sports.
In the summer of 2007, Pappano served as the assistant camp director for the Mark Schmidt Basketball School prior to his arrival in the Sports Information Office. His responsibilities included scheduling, promotions, finances and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the four session camp.
No stranger to St. Bonaventure basketball, Pappano served as the Head Student Assistant for the men’s basketball program throughout his four years at the school. During his stint on the Bonnies’ staff, Pappano assisted in multiple facets within the program, including video production, scouting, travel and practice and game preparation.
A native of Grand Island, N.Y., Pappano graduated from St. Bonaventure in 2007 with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism/mass communication.