Posted at: 04/03/2013 5:24 PM
Updated at: 04/03/2013 9:16 PM
By: WNYT Staff
LOUDONVILLE - Siena College introduced its new head basketball coach Wednesday afternoon. Jimmy Patsos has been hired to replace Mitch Buonaguro.
Patsos went 145-135 in nine seasons at Loyola (Md.), including an 11-9 mark against Siena. The schools have been rivals in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, though Loyola is leaving for the Patriot League this fall.
Buonaguro went 35-59 in three seasons with the Saints.
Patsos is known as very emotional guy and his news conference at Siena was a perfect example of that. A few minutes in he became very emotional as he talked about just how special this job is. Then in the nest breath he was laughing and cracking jokes, saying “Hey, if I don’t win you the fans can yell at me just like you did when I was the Loyola coach.”
After spending nine years at Loyola, Patsos signed a five-year deal with Siena.
Patsos led Loyola to the NCAA Tournament in 2012, and his stint with the Greyhounds may be best remembered for his decision to double-team Stephen Curry for the entire game against Davidson in 2008. Curry was held scoreless, but Loyola lost 78-48.