When Memphis third-year assistant coach Steve Roccaforte stepped foot on the U of M campus, he already knew the history and competitiveness of Conference USA.
Roccaforte came to Memphis from Wyoming but his coaching dossier included four seasons at C-USA rival Tulane.
After just one season at Memphis, Roccaforte was listed among the top 15 coaches ready to take over their own program according to CBS Sportsline.com. As reported by recruiting analyst Dave Telep, Roccaforte is one of the 25 hardest working coaches in the nation as well as one of the top 15 recruiters in the country.
Just two classes into recruiting at Memphis, the Tigers captured their first post-season championship winning the NIT.
Memphis's 2001 recruiting class was named the No. 1 class in the nation while the staff's first recruiting class was ranked among the nation's top 10. Last year's class was also judged among the nation's best.
While at Tulane, Roccaforte coordinated the Green Wave's recruiting activities. During his four years at Tulane, the Wave consistently ranked among the Top 25 recruiting classes in the nation. The final recruiting class that he helped sign at Tulane was ranked eighth nationally.
Roccaforte was part of a Tulane staff which coached the Green Wave to three consecutive 20-win seasons during his tenure (1994-98). The Green Wave advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round in 1995, the National Invitation Tournament Final Four in 1996 and a second NIT appearance in 1997.
In two seasons as an assistant coach on the Wyoming staff (1998-2000), the Cowboys were 37-22.
Prior to coaching stints at Tulane and Wyoming, Roccaforte was an assistant coach at Centenary College for five seasons (1989-94). Centenary won its first TAAC regular-season championship during his tenure.
Roccaforte was also a student assistant coach for three seasons at Lamar University after transferring from Southern where he played for one semester. He earned his bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Lamar in 1989.
In addition to coaching responsibilities at Memphis, Roccaforte also has responsibilities in off-campus recruiting and academics.
Roccaforte, 37 (born May 21, 1965), and his wife Tina have a daughter, Victoria Elise, 7, and a son, Lucien Anthony, 3.