Anthony (Coach) Sellitto grew up in West Orange, N.J. He competed in baseball, basketball, football, boxing and fast-pitch softball. For baseball, he was drafted by several major league teams, but decided not to sign. He attended Colorado College and participated in four sports.
Coach Sellitto later enlisted in the Army and was assigned to Schofield Barracks. He continued to play fast-pitch softball here and was considered one of the state's best pitchers in the 1960s and '70s. He was a part of multiple state championship teams with Midas Muffler.
Coach Sellitto began teaching and coaching at Maryknoll in 1965 as a physical education teacher and JV basketball coach. He took over as the varsity class "A" boys basketball coach in 1967 and also followed the late Al Espinda, as the Maryknoll School athletic director. The Maryknoll Spartans won several ILH class "A" titles, but in 1976, under coach Sellitto, the Spartans boys varsity basketball team made their first Hawaii State Tournament appearance in the class "AA" division.
In his 23 year tenure at Maryknoll he has coached great athletes over the years. Brothers Derrick and former Adjutant General Darryll Wong were on his very first teams in the late 60s.
The Fletcher's, the Ostrowski's, and the Kalaukoa's are a few recognizable Hawaii basketball family names, as well as known athletes like Garrett Gabriel '86, the late Pio Sagapolutele '87, and Jimmy Lactaoen '88. His son's Tino '83 and Gino '85 also played for their dad on very good state contending teams.
His coaching is highlighted with five ILH "AA" Championships and one "AA" State Championship in 1984. In 1988, coach guided his Spartans to a state runner-up finish and it would be his final year as the Maryknoll athletic director and head varsity coach.
After Maryknoll, Coach went on to lead the Hawaii Pacific Sea Warriors to the only national title in the state of Hawaii Men's Collegiate Basketball ranks in 1993, winning the NAIA national title.
Today, you will see Coach on television as the color commentator for the University of Hawaii Rainbow basketball games for OC 16. He is a proud godfather, father, grandfather, and continues to support Maryknoll in many ways.