LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -- There are big changes in store for the Siena men's basketball team next season. Whether or not the team improves next year following a disappointing 8-24 season, will now lie in the hands of new Head Coach Jimmy Patsos, who was introduced to students and fans on Wednesday afternoon.
Siena offered Patsos the chance to become the 16th men's basketball coach in Saints' history on Tuesday, just three weeks after dismissing former head coach Mitch Buonaguro. True to his infamous aggressive, and sometimes controversial, style he quickly accepted the leadership role.
An exclusive 15-minute, sit-down video interview with the new coach and the voice of the Saints, Robert Lee, appears on SienaSaints.com. Following his official introduction, fans met the new coach at a prep rally in the Alumni Recreation Center.
As the former head coach of Loyola University Maryland, Patsos led his team to its first back-to-back postseason appearances since the school moved to Division I in 1981-82. In his final season with the program, he guided the Greyhounds to a 23-12 record, the second-most wins for the Division I team.
Upon his arrival at Loyola, Patsos inherited a team coming off a 1-27 season record, ranking last in the national RPI. That changed over his nine seasons at the Baltimore school, however, where Patsos achieved a 145-135 record and became the first Division I head coach in school history to win 100 games.
Prior to his tenure at Loyola, Patsos spent 13 seasons under head coach Gary Williams at the University of Maryland. During that time the Terrapins claimed the 2002 national championship.