Northwood University Coach Rollie Massimino, Seahawks Take-On Villanova and Other Nationally Ranked Teams in NAIA Championship

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Nationally televised Villanova game marks the 30th Anniversary of a famous upset.

The opportunity to play such competitive teams makes for a great experience for our student athletes.

Rollie Massimino, Northwood University Florida Head Men’s Basketball Coach and Director of Basketball Operations will “return home” along with the Florida Seahawks Men’s Basketball Team to take on the Villanova Wildcats November 4th at 7pm EST.

Televised nationally on FOX Sports 1, the game will mark the 30th Anniversary in which Massimino led the Villanova Wildcats to defeat conference rival Georgetown in the NCAA championship game - one of the greatest upsets in tournament history. Nationally renowned college basketball broadcaster and Middle Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame honoree, Bill Raftery, will announce the game.

The Villanova game is the second of three nationally ranked competitions for the Northwood University Seahawks, as they will take on the University of Iowa November 2 and Wichita State November 9.

“The opportunity to play such competitive teams makes for a great experience for our student athletes. The opportunity to play on national television is something very, very special,” said Massimino of his team, which has participated in both final and semifinal NAIA national championship games, and since February 2008 has ranked within the top 25 for 80 consecutive polls.

Massimino’s rich, nearly 60-year coaching legacy of teaching leadership both on and off the court has generated over 20 former Northwood University student athletes who are now playing professionally overseas, two who are currently with the Harlem Globe Trotters and several who are coaches or assistant coaches within various levels of the sport.

“Winning games has been important, but having the opportunity to see all of these young students develop into mature, successful people has been the biggest satisfaction of my athletic career,” reflected Massimino who was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

Please visit these links to learn more about Rollie Massimino and the Northwood University Seahawks Men’s Basketball Team. Click here to locate local FOX Sports 1 television listings.

About Northwood University
Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at two full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida and mid-Michigan. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

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