September 28, 2012



Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College has named Anthony Leonelli as an assistant men’s basketball coach. He assists Head Coach Bob Walsh with all facets of the RIC men’s basketball program including recruiting, scouting, administering practice and game coaching.


“I am extremely excited to join such a strong program here at Rhode Island College and to work for Coach Walsh,” said Leonelli. “The results speak for themselves that this one of the best programs in New England and I look forward to adding my efforts to an already stellar staff.”




“Anthony will have a great impact on our program,” said Walsh. “He has extensive experience recruiting in New England and everyone on the recruiting trails knows who he is. He’s a relentless hustler with a great mind for the game, and he’ll help our players a great deal.  We are very happy to bring him on board.


Leonelli joins the Rhode Island College staff after spending last season as the assistant men’s basketball coach at WPI. During his time with the Engineers, Leonelli was instrumental in the program’s recruiting efforts as well as skill development among the team’s post players. Furthermore, Leonelli was an assistant director for WPI basketball camp during back-to-back summers.


Prior to his time with WPI, Leonelli spent six seasons as the assistant men’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Aside from leading Wentworth’s recruiting efforts, Leonelli was responsible for practice planning, designing off-season workouts, monitoring academic progress, game preparation, film exchange, travel plans and also skill development, particularly with the wings and guards.


Leonelli has also spent time as a student assistant at the University of Akron, where he assisted the Division I program in off-season student workouts, monitoring academic progress, filming and administrative tasks. Prior to that, Leonelli was an assistant basketball coach at Millbury High School, where he was responsible for player development, the scouting of opponents and in-game coaching.




Aside from his coaching duties, Leonelli is the founder and owner of 508 Athletics, which provides recreational athletic opportunities to adult Central Massachusetts athletes as well as elite instruction and consulting to Central Massachusetts scholastic athletes.  He is responsible for the day-to-day operation of over 10 sports leagues as well as instructional programs.




After playing collegiate baseball at Division II Franklin Pierce College, Leonelli went on to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UMass Boston in 2008.




He currently resides in Roslindale, Mass.