Tom Abatemarco enters his third year with the University of Colorado basketball staff and second year as the Director of Player Development.
This is the second stint for Abatemarco at CU having held the assistant coach position from 1990-93 under then-head coach Joe Harrington.
In his three years in Boulder, Rohn has helped the Buffaloes enjoy their finest seasons to date with back-to-back 24-win campaigns in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, and a 21-win season in 2012-13. In 2011-12 and 2012-13, CU earned NCAA Tournament berths in back-to-back years for the first time in 50 years (1961-62 & 1962-63).
In 2011-2012, Abatemarco helped CU earn its first NCAA Tournament appearance in nine years, upsetting No. 6 UNLV in the second round and advancing to the third round. At the inaugural Pac-12 Conference tournament, the Buffs became just the 10th team in the nation to win at least four games in four days to capture the tournament title (a CU first since winning the Big 8 in 1968-69).
Over the last three seasons, a number of student-athletes have earned conference accolades. In CU's last year of the Big 12 Conference, Alec Burks (first team, Big 12 All-Tournament team), Cory Higgins (second team), Levi Knutson (co-sixth man) all earned honors in 2010-11.
In their first year of the Pac-12, Andre Roberson (first team, All-Defensive, All-Tournament team), Carlon Brown (second team, tournament Most Outstanding Player), and Spencer Dinwiddie (freshman team) were named all-conference. In year two of the conference, Roberson (first team, Defensive Player of the Year, All-Defensive team); Dinwiddie (first team) and Josh Scott (All-Freshman team) earned post-season accolades.
Before arriving to Boulder, Abatemarco served a brief stint with the Sacramento Kings as a player personnel and scouting coach. In addition, he spent seven years as a broadcaster with the Kings. Abatemarco also served as an assistant coach for the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League (NBDL) during its inaugural 2008-09 season, helping the team to a 25-25 record.
Abatemarco brings a wealth of coaching expertise from the professional and collegiate ranks. He enjoyed much success in the WNBA where he served as an assistant coach with the now-defunct Sacramento Monarchs from 2003-09.
During his six years with the Monarchs, he guided the team to the 2003 WNBA Western Conference Finals, a feat they would reach again in 2004, before winning a championship in 2005. The Monarchs would again reach the WNBA Finals in 2006, falling in the championship series.
Before making the transition to the WNBA, Abatemarco spent the previous 30 years on various college campuses as an assistant or head coach.
His college coaching experience includes stints at the University of Utah (2004-05) and Rutgers University (1994-97) after he spent three seasons at CU under Harrington from 1991-94.
In his first year with the Buffaloes in 1990-91, he helped CU to a 19-14 record and a NIT third place finish led by former school greats Shaun Vandiver and Stevie Wise. The 19 victories still rank as one of the top-10 seasons in CU history.
In addition to his head coaching position at Sacramento State (1997-2000), Abatemarco held two terms as an NCAA Division I head coach at Lamar University (1986-88) and Drake University (1988-90).
From 1982-86, Abatemarco served as assistant at North Carolina State when the Wolfpack won the 1983 NCAA Championship under the late-Jim Valvano.
Additional coaching experience includes stints at Virginia Tech (1981-82); at Maryland under Lefty Driesell (1979-81); under Lou Carnesecca at St. John’s (1978-79); Davidson (1977-78); Iona (1975-77); and the New York Institute of Technology (1974-75).
As an assistant coach, Abatemarco enjoyed eight NCAA Tournament appearances, five Elite Eight appearances (two with Maryland & N.C. State, one with St. John’s), and a trio of NIT appearances (Colorado - twice, Virginia Tech).