Siena men’s basketball coach Jimmy Patsos announced on Friday he is resigning.
Patsos was under formal investigation by the school after a team manager filed a complaint alleging he abused both players and staff.
Siena President Br. F. Edward Coughlin and Vice President and Director of Athletics John D’Argenio issued the following statement:
“Our men’s basketball program is among the many treasured traditions at Siena and a source of great pride among students, alumni, fans, and supporters. Over the years, the team has celebrated wins on some of the sport’s biggest stages, and, experienced difficult losses and disappointments. Most importantly, the program has consistently represented the College with class, honor, and integrity.
Siena’s founding Franciscan tradition calls upon us to honor the fundamental dignity of every person. Our core values demand compassion and help shape a community where all should feel welcomed, respected, and cherished. As we look forward to a new chapter in Siena men’s basketball, our shared commitment to upholding these ideals will continue to guide us.”
News of Patsos’s resignation was met with mixed reaction from students. Some supported the decision and others weren’t sure it was the right one.
It didn’t take long for word to spread.
“It kind of got blown up on social media, so that’s how I found out about it.”
“It’s shocking,” freshman Alex Perry said.
Perry said he had been following the allegations against Patsos but that didn’t make his resignation any less surprising.
“You always hear about these things going on in other parts of the country,” he said. “You never think it’s going to happen at the place you go to college at.”
Diana Cocciardi and Hannah Mott are freshmen at Siena. They said the news of what Patsos may or may not have done brought unwanted attention to the school.
“We went to like almost every game that was here at the Times Union Center.”
“I think that it kind of gives Siena a bad rep.”
The allegations have loomed over the campus the past week. Students hope the resignation was the right move and not something Patsos was forced into.
“I just hope they’re doing it based on facts and not making big decisions like this on something that might not be true.”
“To see him go is a little strange, a little uncomforting.”
Jackie VanSlycke is a junior. She said Patsos was beloved by most students.
“He was very well liked, well-known on campus,” she said.
But she’s happy the school took the reports that he verbally abused a team manager seriously.
“I think it’s really great for Siena to be investigating this and looking into it and not putting it under the rug,” she said. “It’s also good to know our school is standing by our values.”
College officials met with team members to notify them of the resignation. The college said it will begin a national search for a new head coach immediately.
The investigation is ongoing. Patsos still denies the allegations.