Neumann Men's Basketball Camps
Head Men's Basketball Coach
Jim Rullo begins his fourth season as the head coach of the Neumann Knights in the 2016-17 season where he is 30 games over 500 with a 59-29 career record (.670 winning percentage).
In the 2015-16, the Knights once again cracked the 20 win mark under Coach Rullo with a 22-8 record. The win total was most in school history for any one season. The team also went 14-4 in conference play which is also a school record for number of conference wins in a season. The Knights once again found themselves in the CSAC Championship game for the third consecutive season under Rullo. Due to winning 18 of their last 21 contests, the Knights earned a berth in the ECAC South Championships were they went on the road to win tough games against Arcadia University and DeSales University. In the ECAC Championship, the Knights defeated Swarthmore College (89-71) to claim the program’s first ever ECAC South Title.
In his second season (2014-15) in Aston, the Knights captured the school’s first ever CSAC Championship and a earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament with a thrilling 93-92 overtime road win at Cabrini in the conference finals to dethrone the five-time champion. The Knights have established themselves as a premier defensive team by once again leading the conference in team defense by giving up a stingy 64 points per game. The 12-6 conference record afforded the team a bye in the first round and the ability to host the semi-final game on campus at the Mirenda Center. This marked the second consecutive year Rullo has led the program to the conference finals as well to the post-season.
In his first season (2013-14), Coach Rullo quickly instilled an attention to detail which resulted in the Knights leading the conference in team defense. The Knights compiled a 20-10 overall record with key road non-conference wins versus Oswego State, Rutgers Newark and Rowan University. The 20 wins marked the first time the men’s program had reached that milestone win total in over 12 years. The team also went 12-6 in regular season CSAC play. The Knights continued their momentum into the conference championships with a home win vs Keystone (80-73) as well as a road win at Gwynedd Mercy (95-78) while on their way to the CSAC Championship game. The Knights were then extended a berth to the ECAC South Championships where they once again worked their way to the Championship round which was the first time that was accomplished in school history.
Coach Rullo came to Neumann University from Malvern Preparatory School, where he was the head varsity basketball coach for 7 seasons and compiled a lofty record of 138-66 (.676 winning percentage). During that period, Rullo turned the Friars into one of most successful high school programs in the area. Malvern Prep enjoyed (4) seasons of 20+ wins and (2) additional campaigns with 19 wins during that stretch while arguably playing one of the toughest schedules in the area. In addition, the program won consecutive outright Inter-Academic Championships (2011 and 2012) which marked the first time in over 40 years that the school had accomplished that feat. The Friars were often seen on the year end rankings culminating in 2012 with the #2 spot by The Philadelphia Daily News and the #6 spot by The Philadelphia Inquirer. Under the tutelage of Coach Rullo, 7 players have gone on to further their education and play basketball at the Division I level (6 walk-ons) including Kevin Rafferty who won a 2016 National Championship with the Villanova Wildcats. In 2015, Coach Rullo was inducted into the Malvern Prep Hall of Fame.
Prior to Malvern Prep, Rullo spent a year as an assistant coach at his Alma Mater, Drexel University. He also spent two seasons at Hobart College where he was responsible for the recruiting class that went on to capture a conference title and the first NCAA berth in school history.
Coach Rullo played his college basketball at Drexel University, where he was teams that it made it to the Conference Finals in 1992, 1993 and 1994. He is the single season record holder in free throw percentage (.883). He was named the team’s Most Improved Player in 1992. He was twice named the “Dragon D - Defensive Player of the Year” (1993 and 1994). During the 1994 season, Rullo was also the team captain on a Drexel team that went 25-5 and won the North Atlantic Conference which garnered a berth in NCAA Tournament for only the second time in school history. He was also a 2 year member of the baseball program at Drexel.
Coach Rullo is the son of Jerry Rullo, who was a member of the first NBA Championship Team with the 1946 Philadelphia Warriors. His father also attended Temple University where he is a member of the Hall of Fame. In addition, his mother Eileen (formerly Rafferty) was a tremendous high school player in her own right and won 3 Catholic League basketball titles at John Hallahan High School.
Coach Rullo serves as director of the Neumann Basketball Day Camps where he has quickly created a great atmosphere for both boys and girls (ages 5-17) of all levels to have fun and learn the game of basketball. With more than 20 years of successful experience as a player, coach, and a solid evaluator, he has created and established the Elite One Day College Prospect Camp. These sessions are designed to place the high school players through a college style practice focusing in on intensity and the fundamentals, providing a classroom session to educate families on the recruiting process, and to ultimately assist the players map out a game plan.
Rullo earned his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Drexel University. Rullo currently resides in West Deptford, N.J. with his wife Maureen (formerly Michaels) who is a 1,000 point scorer for the Drexel Lady Dragons. The couple has two daughters Molly (9) and Megan (8).