2001 - PLAY OFF CHAMPIONS
PLACE OF BIRTH:
Leicester Riders’ most successful coach, Rob Paternostro has two BBL Coach of the Year trophies to his name, winning the accolade in 2008/9 & 2012/13.
Rob grew up in Waterbury Connecticut and after a successful playing career, featuring a senior year where he averaged 25 points a game, scoring over 1000 points in two seasons, Southern New Hampshire University Hall of Fame status, where he holds the record for most appearances and most assists (919) and several seasons in the BBL, Paternostro was appointed Head Coach of the Leicester Riders in June 2008.
In his first season leading the team, the Riders finished third, the highest finish at the time for the BBL side.
Paternostro was named BBL Coach of the Year for the 2008/9 season, voted for by his peers.
Season after season the club have progressed on and off the field and after being edged out of glory by rivals Newcastle Eagles in the 2011/2 season runner-up in both the Championship and Playoff. Leicester Riders came back stronger, securing a historic treble beating the Eagles in the BBL Cup final, Playoff Final and finishing above them to claim the BBL Championship in the league.
Rob’s achievements were recognised once more as he was named BBL coach of the year for 2012/3.