With two seconds left in what was a nine-point game between Northwestern and Fairfield, Valentine blew his whistle to give the Northwestern a technical foul for standing on the bench. The Wildcats had stood up to shake hands with Fairfield, but had been warned earlier for standing, so Valentine, a man of his word, whistled the tech.
In a brilliant career that has spanned seasons, Fiore has an overall record of , averaging 15 wins person season while taking his team to the post-season nine times. From the moment he stepped onto the sidelines at Panzer Gym, Fiore immediately turned Montclair State into a perennial contender.
The league mark was good enough for first place, giving MSU its first regular-season championship since the season and a home game in the conference playoffs for the first time since that same season.
The following year, Fiore guided MSU to the most successful season it had seen in over two decades. With a talented cast playing his patented defensive style, Montclair went one win shy of the school record , captured the New Jersey Athletic Conference championship for the first time since and earned its first trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament in eight years.
Not since had MSU played that deep into the month of March.
Since then Fiore has put together several other memorable seasons, including the campaign as Montclair State went and captured the NJAC North Division championship. In , MSU went and reached the conference title contest for the first since Along the way Fiore has picked up a pair of milestones.
Fiore is one of nine coaches in MSU athletic history to win or more games. Also during that time Fiore was inducted into the Newark Hall of Fame.
Four times during his tenure did St. In 15 years, Fiore totaled a record of wins and only 78 losses in basketball and wins and just 83 losses as a baseball coach.
All totaled, he was in two sports, for a high school winning percentage of. Fiore first made his mark in college athletics at Seton Hall University, where he played basketball and starred in baseball.
In between his stops at St.