American sports broadcaster and professional basketball coach
Veteran NBA coach Mike Fratello is one of the winningest head coaches in NBA history, ranking 22nd in both all-time regular season wins (667) and games coached (1,215). During his illustrious career, Fratello has coached at every level-from kids camps and high school to college, the pros and national teams representing Ukraine and USA. Along the way, Fratello undertook another important role on the sidelines as an NBA commentator and teamed up with some of the best in the business, including legendary play-by-play announcers Marv Albert and the “Birdman” Ian Eagle. Coach Fratello currently brings his wealth of basketball experience to the booth as an LA Clippers in-game analyst and a guest analyst for Bally Sports Ohio’s Cavaliers Live pregame and postgame shows.
Born and raised in Hackensack, New Jersey, Fratello (whose father won the 1939 Golden Gloves middleweight title) proved to be a tough and talented young athlete. Fratello was captain of his football, basketball and baseball teams at Hackensack High School, and he attended Montclair State College (now Montclair State University) on a football scholarship. After graduation, he returned to his high school alma mater as an assistant coach for both the football and basketball teams. Fratello’s strong work ethic, high sports IQ and gift for teaching quickly became apparent, and soon he was recruited to join Tom Carmody’s coaching staff at the University of Rhode Island (1970-72). Fratello gained more valuable experience coaching at the collegiate level alongside Lou Campanelli at Madison College, now James Madison University (1972-75), and Rollie Massimino at Villanova University (1975-78).