College - Louisiana Tech
Rich Dalatri was the first full time strength & conditioning coach in the NBA when the Nets hired him in 1987. He is entering his 20th season in the NBA, 18th with the Nets and 24th in professional basketball overall. In addition to his two stints with the Nets, 1987-92 and 1997-present, Dalatri previously worked as an assistant coach/player development for the Cleveland Cavaliers for two seasons and as an athletic coach for Phonola Caserta and Fortitudo Bologna of the Italian Professional League for two seasons each. During this time, Dalatri became the first strength & conditioning coach to also hold the title of assistant coach and become a member of the NBA Coaches Association in.
Dalatri’s responsibilities with the Nets include implementing programs for all modes of basketball development. He has developed a system for basketball development which utilizes specific team and individual skill situations to improve the player’s athletic ability as a basketball player.
Dalatri works extensively in Europe during the offseason conducting clinics and camps and working with teams to help with their programs for player development. Rich’s extensive knowledge of the European game has helped the Nets’ scouting system in the search for European talent. Rich served as the athletic coach for the Italian National Team from 2001-08. During that time, the team won a Silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games, and a Bronze medal at the 2003 European Championships.
Rich’s resume also includes serving as the head strength & conditioning coach at the Univ. of Mississippi from 1983-86, working for the N.Y. Giants from 1988-91, as well as personal trainer for recording artist Jon Bon Jovi.
Rich’s credentials include: Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist/ NSCA; Certified Speed & Explosive Specialist/National Speed & Explosive Ass.; Certified Specialist in Soviet Training/Soviet Institute of Sport, Moscow and, Certified U.S. Weightlifting Coach/U.S. Weightlifting Federation.
Dalatri enjoys writing and has had numerous articles published in sporting journals all over the world, as well as writing Preparation For Basketball, a book published and sold in Europe in 2003. In addition to that book, he has written a chapter in the NBA’s fitness book, Total Fitness the NBA Way and a chapter in FIBA’s book, NBA Coaches Playbook. Rich was also named to the original Advisory Board for Pilates Style Magazine in 2005.
Dalatri was an offensive lineman for Villanova and Louisiana Tech in college and graduated from Tech with a bachelor's degree in general studies, with a concentration in exercise physiology. He signed a professional contract with the Denver Gold of the USFL in 1983. Rich and his wife, Elvy, have four sons, Richard, James, Gian-Luca and Andrea, and one daughter, Isabella, and they reside in Wall Township, New Jersey.