T. J. Sorrentine

Thomas John "T. J." Sorrentine (born July 29, 1982) an American former basketball player and current associate head coach of Brown University.[1] Sorrentine is widely known from his collegiate playing career at Vermont, hitting a three-pointer with 1:10 remaining to help the 13-seed Catamounts defeat fourth-seeded Syracuse 60–57 in overtime in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament for the school's first-ever tournament win.

T. J. Sorrentine
Brown Bears
PositionAssociate head coach
LeagueIvy League
Personal information
Born (1982-07-29) July 29, 1982 (age 38)
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Listed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolSt. Raphael Academy
(Pawtucket, Rhode Island)
CollegeVermont (2000–2005)
NBA draft2005 / Undrafted
Playing career2005–2008
PositionPoint guard
Career history
As player:
2005Basket Trapani
2005–2006Florida Flame
As coach:
2008–2011Brown (assistant)
2011–presentBrown (associate HC)
Career highlights and awards

Playing careerEdit

Sorrentine starred for St. Raphael Academy under his father, Thomas "Saar" Sorrentine, a legendary Rhode Island high school coach and New England Basketball Hall of Fame inductee.[2] Sorrentine was named the Rhode Island Player of the Year by both Gatorade and USA Today in 2000, after leading St. Raphael's to back-to-back state titles.

When Sorrentine arrived at Vermont to play for Tom Brennan for the 2000-01 season, he made an immediate impact, leading the team in assists, and finishing second on the team in scoring, earning America East Rookie of the Year honors in the process. A year later in 2002, Sorrentine, along with Taylor Coppenrath and the late Trevor Gaines, helped guide UVM to its first-ever 20-win season and first America East Regular Season title in the process. Sorrentine scored 18.8 points per game and dished out four assists per game to win America East Player of the Year honors, the first Catamount to do so since the 1991-92 season. Sorrentine also earned AP All-American Honorable Mention honors, as well.

With expectations at an all-time high in Burlington for the 2002-03 season, Sorrentine broke both his wrists before the start of the season, and sat out the entire season as a redshirt. Still, in Sorrentine's absence, the Catamounts went 21-12, winning their first-ever America East Championship, defeating Boston University for a trip to the 2003 NCAA Tournament. Returning from injury a year later, the tandem of Sorrentine and Coppenrath combined to bring Vermont to a 22-9 record, another America East Championship, and a trip to the 2004 NCAA Tournament, where the Catamounts fell to eventual national champion Connecticut in the first round.

In 2004-05, Sorrentine helped Vermont to its most historic season in school history, as he along with Coppenrath and three other seniors helped Vermont post a school-record 25 wins, winning the America East regular season and conference titles for its third-straight NCAA appearance, just the third team in America East history to win three or more consecutive conference tournament titles.

As a 13-seed, the Catamounts drew Big East Champion Syracuse in the 2005 NCAA Tournament in the Worcester region. Sorrentine scored 17 points, including five three-point field goals, one which will remain entrenched in NCAA Tournament lore, as Sorrentine nailed a deep three-pointer with 1:10 left in overtime to put Vermont ahead 59-55 in a 60-57 win. During the game, television commentator Gus Johnson commented that "Sorrentine hit that one from the parking lot." The win over the Orange was the first postseason win in school history and UVM's first-ever over a ranked foe (Syracuse was ranked No. 11). Vermont eventually fell to Michigan State in the second round.

After graduation, Sorrentine earned NBA Summer League spots with the Miami Heat and the Milwaukee Bucks, before signing with Banca Nuova Trapani in Italy. In that same season, Sorrentine returned stateside to suit up for the Florida Flame of the NBA Development League for the remainder of the 2005-06 season. In 2006-07, Sorrentine returned to Europe, this time to Portugal, spending the season with F.C. Porto. In his final season of professional basketball, Sorrentine spent a season in Slovenia with BC Krka, before his career was halted due to injury.

On October 26, 2019, Sorrentine’s number 11 jersey was retired by the University of Vermont, on the same night former teammate Taylor Coppenrath’s number 22 was also retired.[3]

Coaching careerEdit

In 2008, Sorrentine accepted a spot on Brown's staff, reuniting with Jesse Agel, his former assistant coach at Vermont. In 2011, Sorrentine was promoted to associate head coach, and a year later was named the interim head coach of the Bears after Agel was fired and a search for a new coach was conducted.[4][5] Sorrentine is expected to stay on staff for the Bears under new head coach Mike Martin.[6]


  1. ^ "Brown". Brownbears.com. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2012-03-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Abrami, Alex (October 26, 2019). "'This is surreal:' One more time, Coppenrath and Sorrentine fill Patrick Gym". Burlington Free Press. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "TJ Sorrentine Promoted To Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach". Brownbears.com. 30 August 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Brown hires former player and Penn assistant". Cbssports.com. Retrieved 11 April 2018.

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