Carnesecca was an assistant to Lapchick for nine years and succeeded him following the 1964-65 season. He coached at his alma mater for 24 seasons, each ending on a postseason appearance, including the 1985 Final Four. Carnesecca, who coached in the ABA for three seasons, finished with a record of 526-200 and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1992. One of the most recognizable faces in New York City for his support of community programs, Carnesecca is considered one of the ambassadors of basketball in his effort to bring it to the international stage. St. John's renamed Alumni Hall in his honor in 2004.
NCAA Final Four
3x Big East Conference Coach of the Year
Basketball Hall of Fame
College Basketball Hall of Fame
U.S Basketball Writers Association National Coach of the Year
Henry Iba Award Winner