Siena Fires Men’s Basketball Coach Mitch Buonaguro
Siena basketball fans can now breathe a sigh of relief. The team’s coach, Mitch Buonaguro, was released from his contract a year early. Remember when Siena was competing with the most elite teams in the NCAA Tournament? Yeah… We miss you, Fran McCaffery.
Coach B posted an embarrassing 35-59 record during his three year stint with the Saints. His position was elevated from assistant to head coach back in 2010 when McCaffery left the program. McCaffery posted a .687 win percentage while at the helm with Siena. His career record with the school was 112-51 in 5 seasons. He’s currently the coach of the Iowa Hawkeyes from the Big 10 Conference.
The news of Buonaguro’s release comes shortly after the Saints dropped their quarterfinal MAAC Tournament matchup to Niagara. The Times Union is reporting that Loyola’s Jimmy Patsos, Northeastern’s Bill Coen, Jacksonville’s Cliff Warren, Bucknell’s Dave Paulsen and Vermont’s John Becker are all in contention for the vacated position.
Whoever takes over the squad won’t have big shoes to fill. The Saints posted a dismal 8-24 record this year. That’s tied for the most losses in the team’s 36 year history.