BREAKING: Siena hires Patsos (UPDATED)
LOUDONVILLE -- Siena has hired Loyola head coach Jimmy Patsos to be the Saints' next head coach, a source with knowledge of the hiring process confirmed this evening.
He will be introduced to the media at the Alumni Recreation Center at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by a pep rally for students and fans. Patsos will also sit down for a 12:30 video interview that can be accessed at www.SienaSaints.com.
"I think it's good for the school and the program," graduating senior O.D. Anosike said. "He can bring in an influx of talent. His intensity and will to win are definitely unparalleled."
Patsos, 145-135 in nine seasons at Loyola, is known as much for having resurrected the Greyhounds program as he is for his sideline antics. Loyola had a one-win season the year before he was hired at the Baltimore school. NBA scout and former college coach Mike Wells was also interviewed.
Besides his record, the 46-year-old Patsos brings knowledge of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and more head coaching experience than the other finalists who were interviewed on campus by Siena athletic director John D'Argenio, Robert Morris head coach Andy Toole and VCU assistant Mike Rhoades.
Patsos, a Boston native who has frequently expressed his affinity for the Albany area and has supported it as a site for the MAAC Tournament, led the Greyhounds to the MAAC championship in 2012 conference tournament.
The Greyhounds were 47-21 over the last two seasons.
Patsos replaces Mitch Buonaguro, whose Siena teams were under .500 in each of the three seasons he was the head coach, including 8-24 this year, matching the program record for most losses in a season.