Ricci is entering his sixth season as the lead assistant coach with the University of the Sciences women’s basketball team.
Compiling a record of 118-39, the Devils have qualified for the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournament in each of his five years, winning the CACC South four times along with consecutive CACC Championships in 2017 and 2018.
Six student-athletes have earned a total of 10 All-CACC honors in his tenure, with Sarah Abbonizio being named the 2017-18 CACC Player of the Year.
University of the Sciences won its first-ever NCAA Tournament game in 2016-17, before winning two in 2017-18 to advance to its first-ever Sweet 16 and East Region Final.
The Devils then hosted the first NCAA Regional in the history of the University in 2018-19, where they would win an NCAA Tournament game for the third year in a row.
In 2017-18, USciences 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).
The Devils then tied or bested all of those records in 2018-19, winning 30 games for the second year in a row with 26 regular season victories, 18 of which came in CACC play. They had another 18-game win streak and reached as high as No. 4 in the national rankings, while also reaching No. 1 in the regional poll.
University of the Sciences has finished top-10 in the NCAA in scoring defense, 3-pointers and free throw percentage in each of the last three 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 five of his years, notably recording the highest team grade point average amongst the 14 schools from the CACC in all five.
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 from 2010-12. 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, as well as 24 All-Catholic honorees. Twenty-one of his graduates would go on to play 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.
A Philadelphia native, Ricci graduated from Father Judge High School, before going on to earn his bachelor’s from La Salle University.