Tony Fiorentino, who has held a variety of positions within the HEAT organization since its inception in 1988, begins his eighth year as a regular member of the HEAT broadcast team. Fiorentino, who also serves as the HEAT’s Summer Camp Director, will be teamed with Eric Reid as the color analyst on all HEAT Sun Sports telecasts. The duo currently forms the only broadcasting team in the NBA that has been employed by their team since its inception. In addition to teaming up to call all the HEAT action on Sun Sports, every spring they host the Reid and Fiorentino Celebrity Golf Classic and VIP Dinner to raise money for needy children and child abuse victims.
Fiorentino, who has previous broadcasting experience as an analyst on University of Miami basketball games, a fill-in analyst for the HEAT (1991-95) and as a HEAT Insider on WAMI-TV, brings a wide array of coaching experience to his assignment. He arrived in Miami in 1988 and served as an assistant to Ron Rothstein for the HEAT’s first three seasons. During that three-year period the HEAT increased its victory total each season. For three seasons from 1991-94, Fiorentino served as a scouting coordinator for the HEAT before returning to the sidelines in the middle of the 1994-95 season as an assistant coach under interim head coach Alvin Gentry. Fiorentino remained on the HEAT bench for four seasons (1995-99) as an assistant coach on Pat Riley’s staff, helping Miami capture three consecutive Atlantic Division crowns from 1996-99. In 2000 he was re-united with Rothstein and served as the lead assistant coach for the Miami SOL of the WNBA in their three years of existence, helping the team earn a playoff berth in just its second season.
Prior to coming to Miami, Fiorentino served two years as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. He joined the Iona staff after eight successful seasons as head coach of the boy’s basketball team at nationally renowned Mt. Vernon High School, where he led the school to New York Public School State Championships in 1979 and 1981 and compiled a 182-21 record. His teams won seven league titles and he earned Coach of the Year honors three times. When he resigned to become an assistant at Iona, Fiorentino had the highest winning percentage (.897) among all active high school basketball coaches in New York State. He was inducted into the Westchester (NY) Sports Hall of Fame in October 2011!
After graduating from Dowling (NY) College in 1971, Fiorentino earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Bridgeport in 1975. Born in Mt. Vernon, NY, he currently resides in Key Biscayne.