Joe Gallo, a 2004 alumnus and former assistant coach (2005-09) of the Merrimack College mens basketball program, was named the eighth head mens basketball coach in program history on May 9, 2016.
“I am thrilled to have Coach Gallo back at Merrimack,” Dr. Christopher E. Hopey said at the time of his hire. “He will bring excitement to the mens basketball program, to the campus, and to the community. He has a track record for success, and I look forward to his and the programs accomplishments.”
Gallo returns to campus after serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Robert Morris University for the past four seasons. The Colonials posted 76 wins in Gallos four years in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, winning the 2015 Northeast Conference Championship and earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament. In Gallos first two years on the staff, Robert Morris won back-to-back NEC regular season titles and advanced to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) both years.
Burtnyk enters his seventh season on the mens basketball coaching staff following an illustrious career under head coach Bert Hammel (2004-08), in which he guided the Warriors to 54 total wins and an NCAA Tournament berth in his final year.
Burtnyk helped drive Merrimacks impressibe turnaround in 2014-15. The Warriors began the conference season 0-6, but rebounded to finish 10-11 and qualify for the postseason. The Navy and Gold won their first playoff game in five years with a 16-point victory over New Have. With the guidance of the sixth-year assistant, guard Gelvis Solano received all-conference first team honors while freshman Kyle Howes was named to the All-Rookie team.
Picked dead last in the 16-team NE-10 Preseason Coaches Poll, Burtnyk helped lead an extremely young team to an up-and-down but overall impressive campaign in 2012-13. Merrimack just missed qualifying for the 10-team NE-10 Championship, but the Warriors ended the year on a high note, upsetting eventual East Regional Champion Franklin Pierce in the final regular season game of 2012-13.
David Richards enters his first season as Assistant Mens Basketball in the fall of 2016. Richards arrives at Merrimack by way of Robert Morris University, after spending a total of six seasons with the Colonials as their Director of Basketball Operations
At RMU, Richards was responsible for all of the day-to-day operations of the program, including travel, meals and general assignments.In 2014-15, Robert Morris finished with an overall record of 20-15 (.571), including a mark of 12-6 (.667) in the Northeast Conference. The Colonials claimed their league-high eighth NEC Tournament title and subsequent bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to returning to RMU, Richards spent the 2013-14 campaign as an assistant coach at West Virginia Wesleyan. The Tigers finished with an overall record of 20-12 (.625), including a mark of 15-8 (.652) in the Mountain East Conference.Richards spent four years at Robert Morris in his first stint with the program from 2009 to 2013, serving as the programs video coordinator from 2009 to 2011, followed by two years as the director of basketball operations from 2011 to 2013.