ALBANY, N.Y. - After three disappointing seasons, Siena College has fired men's head basketball coach Mitch Buonaguoro.
Buonaguoro was an assistant coach under Fran McCaffrey before being named head coach in 2010. But the Siena Saints were not as successful under Buonoguoro as they were under McCaffrey. The Saints won three straight MAAC Championships and made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2008-10, advancing to the Round of 32 in 2008 and 2009.
Siena went 35-59 in Buonaguro's three years as head coach from 2010-2013. The Saints finished seventh in the MAAC in Buonaguro's first season (8-10), tied for sixth last year (8-10) and ninth (4-14) this season.
The school says a national search is underway for a new coach.
"I'd like to thank Mitch for his dedication and commitment to Siena basketball the last eight years," director of athletics John D'Argenio said. "This change isn't being made for lack of effort. Basketball is important in the strategic direction of Siena. We have high expectations and aspirations for this program."
"I'm very grateful for the opportunity Siena gave me," Buonaguro said. "It's a very special place, and I've thoroughly enjoyed my eight years here. The student athletes we have brought through the program are people the Siena community can be very proud of. We had some great success here, and although the last three years did not produce the results any of us hoped for on the court, I leave knowing I gave my all every day. This is a program I care deeply about, and I wish Siena nothing but the best in the future."