Dino Gaudio

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Dino Gaudio
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Current position
TitleAssistant coach
Biographical details
Born (1957-03-30) March 30, 1957 (age 62)
Martins Ferry, Ohio
Alma materOhio University (BA)
Xavier University (MS)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1980–1984Wheeling Central HS (assistant)
1984–1987Wheeling Central HS
1987–1993Xavier (assistant)
1997–2000Loyola (MD)
2000–2001Xavier (assistant)
2001–2007Wake Forest (assistant)
2007–2010Wake Forest
2018–presentLouisville (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall129–155 (college)
Tournaments1–2 (NCAA Division I)

Dino Joseph Gaudio (born March 30, 1957) is a former head men's basketball coach at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and a current college basketball assistant coach at the University of Louisville. He previously served as the head coach at the United States Military Academy and Loyola College in Maryland.

Gaudio was named head coach of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's basketball team on August 8, 2007. He had served as an assistant to his predecessor, Skip Prosser, who died suddenly in July 2007.[1][2] Gaudio's association with Prosser began in 1981 when he served as an assistant coach at Central Catholic High School in Wheeling, West Virginia, while Prosser was head coach.



Gaudio is a graduate of Ohio University (1981) and Xavier University (master's in Secondary Education, 1991).[3]

Wake Forest[edit]

Gaudio remained loyal to Prosser, his mentor and predecessor at Wake Forest. In the final days of his life, Prosser attended the games of three 5-star recruits in Las Vegas and Orlando. These recruits remained committed to Wake Forest and made up an eventual number-three-ranked recruiting class for the 2008–09 season, signed by Gaudio as a memory to Prosser.[4][5]

Gaudio tallied three winning seasons at Wake Forest, making the NCAA Tournament in two out of three years. In 2008–09, his Deacons raced out to a 16–0 start and rose to the number-one spot in the rankings for only the second time in school history. However, they went out with a thud, losing in the first round of the ACC Tournament to Maryland before getting blown out by 13-seed Cleveland State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. A year later, they made another early exit in the ACC Tournament. While they won their first-round NCAA Tournament game, they were drilled by Kentucky in the second round. Gaudio was fired a few weeks later.[6]


Gaudio became an announcer for ESPN's college basketball coverage in 2011.


After seven years with ESPN and out of coaching, Gaudio was hired by Chris Mack to be an assistant for the Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team. Mack and Gaudio were previously assistants together at Wake Forest from 2001–04, before Mack left to become an assistant and later head coach at Xavier University.[7]

Head coaching record[edit]


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Army Cadets (Patriot League) (1993–1997)
1993–94 Army 7–20 4–10 T–7th
1994–95 Army 12–16 4–10 7th
1995–96 Army 7–20 2–10 6th
1996–97 Army 10–16 4–8 6th
Army: 36–72 (.333) 14–38 (.269)
Loyola Greyhounds (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) (1997–2000)
1997–98 Loyola 12–16 9–9 T–5th
1998–99 Loyola 13–15 6–12 9th
1999–00 Loyola 7–21 4–14 9th
Loyola: 32–52 (.381) 19–35 (.352)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2007–2010)
2007–08 Wake Forest 17–13 7–9 T–7th
2008–09 Wake Forest 24–7 11–5 T–2nd NCAA Division I First Round
2009–10 Wake Forest 20–11 9–7 5th NCAA Division I Second Round
Wake Forest: 61–31 (.663) 27–21 (.563)
Total: 129–155 (.454)


  1. ^ "Wake Forest expected to name longtime assistant Gaudio as Prosser's replacement". SI.com.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Gaudio gets nod to replace Prosser at WFU". Winston-Salem Journal. August 8, 2007. Retrieved December 24, 2007.
  3. ^ Official biography
  4. ^ Rivals.com Basketball Recruiting - Late additions boost Tennessee teams
  5. ^ "Prosser's recruiting class keeps his memory alive". USA Today. July 24, 2008. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
  6. ^ "Wake Forest fires coach Gaudio". ESPN. The Associated Press. April 7, 2010.
  7. ^ Greer, Jeff (April 6, 2018). "Former Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio is joining Chris Mack's Louisville basketball staff". Louisville Courier-Journal. Retrieved 6 April 2018.