Ricci is entering his fifth season as the lead assistant coach with the University of the Sciences women’s basketball team.
USciences has qualified for the CACC Tournament in each of his four years, winning the CACC South in three of those four seasons, and the Devils have won two consecutive CACC Championships in 2016-17 and 2017-18. Four student-athletes have earned a total of seven All-CACC honors in his tenure, with Sarah Abbonizio being named the 2017-18 CACC Player of the Year.
University of the Sciences would go on to win their first-ever NCAA Tournament game in 2016-17, before winning two in 2017-18 to advance to their first-ever Sweet 16 and East Region Final.
In 2017-18, the Devils set program-records for wins (30), regular season victories (25), win-streak (18), CACC victories for a 19-game schedule (17), national ranking (No. 11) and regional ranking (No. 2).
USciences has finished top-10 in the NCAA in scoring defense, 3-pointers and free throw percentage in each of the last two years, including finishing first in scoring defense in 2016-17, giving up just 53.5 points per game.
Off the court, the Devils have earned a spot in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 in all four of his years, notably recording the highest team GPA amongst the 14 schools from the CACC in all four.
Ricci came to USciences after spending nine years with the Archbishop Wood girl’s basketball program, where he won three consecutive Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) 3A State Championships in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In seven seasons as head coach, he accumulated a record of 152-48 and was voted Coach of the Year by the Associated Press writers of Pennsylvania in 2010 and 2012.
His team won the Philadelphia Catholic League (PCL) title, as well as the PIAA District XII title, in 2011. They were in the PCL Championship game in six of the seven years he was head coach.
Throughout his seven years as Wood’s head coach, Ricci’s teams produced eight All-State selections, 10 First Team All-Catholic selections, seven Second Team All-Catholic honorees and seven Third Team All-Catholic selections. Twenty-one of his graduates played, or are currently playing, at the college level.
Prior to coaching at Archbishop Wood, Ricci spent 24 years coaching boys at St. Matthew in Northeast Philadelphia. While at St. Matthew his teams accumulated an unprecedented 552-122 record, winning five Philadelphia Archdiocesan City Titles, a Middle Atlantic States Championship, as well as six Philadelphia Region 1 League championships. His teams also made four Pennsylvania State Final Four appearances.
Ricci is a 1981 La Salle University graduate, as well as a 1977 Father Judge High School graduate.