Rankis retires after 29 years at Baruch
|Ray Rankis won 419 games at
Baruch as head coach and will remain athletic
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Ray Rankis, who has been the men’s basketball coach at
Baruch for the past 29 years, announced his retirement from
Rankis will remain athletic director, overseeing the 14 sport NCAA Division III and recreational program at Baruch.
Rankis is the longest tenured and winningest coach in CUNY Athletic Conference history, and is second to Basketball Hall of Famer and CCNY legend Nat Holman (37 years) in terms of coaching basketball at a City University of New York school.
During his 29 years, Rankis compiled a 419-361 overall record that included winning the CUNYAC championship in 2000 and making three appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament (2000, 2006, 2009).
Rankis also coached the team to two ECAC Metro Region championships in 2003 and 2010.
John Alesi, a 2003 graduate and a 1,000 point scorer at Baruch, has been promoted to head coach. Alesi just finished his first season as the associate head coach.
Prior to joining Baruch, Alesi was head coach at Hunter (2010-11). He has also served as an assistant coach on staffs at Division I Hofstra (2003-2004), Pittsburgh (2005-06) and Manhattan (2006-10).