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"Abe is really knowledgeable with the New England prep school area from his previous ties with Dartmouth and Bowdoin and is going to recruit high caliber individuals," head coach Jimmy Patsos said upon his hiring.
In his first season at Siena, Woldeslassie helped guide the Saints to a 17-17 overall record, while finishing tied for third in the MAAC with a 12-8 record. Woldeslassie helped the Saints reach their first MAAC Championship game in seven years, and worked with Second Team All-MAAC selections Brett Bisping and Marquis Wright. As an assistant, Woldeslassie helps the Saints with recruiting, player development, compliance, video breakdowns, opponent scouting, and monitors the team's academic progress throughout the year.
A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Woldeslassie came to Siena after spending three seasons at Davidson College. Davidson posted 20-win campaigns and advanced to national postseason tournaments in each of Woldeslassie's three seasons with the program. The Wildcats amassed 64 wins and captured two conference regular season titles, made two NIT appearances, and were rewarded with the program's first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2015. In addition to his duties as director of basketball operations, he also served as the team's video coordinator.
Prior to Davidson, Woldeslassie spent one season at Dartmouth College. While with the Big Green, he coordinated on-campus recruiting visits, team travel, film exchange, organized volunteer opportunities, and directed the summer basketball camps.
Prior to Dartmouth, Woldeslassie served for two seasons as an assistant coach at Bowdoin College. He helped guide the Polar Bears to a combined 31-18 record during his time in Brunswick. In addition to all basketball-related duties, Woldeslassie served as the recruiting coordinator and helped mentor NESCAC Player of the Year Lucas Hausman and two-time NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year John Swords.
Woldeslassie spent two years coaching at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas, aiding in player development, helping students with college recruitment, and assisting with NBA pre-draft workouts in 2008 and 2009. In the summer of 2009, he held a head coaching position at the Basketball Training Institute in Pasadena, California. Woldeslassie also coached a 10-player team of college players against international competition in Belgium and Germany in the summer of 2015.
Woldeslassie graduated from Macalester College with a B.A. in sociology in 2008. In his two years on the Scots basketball team, he started all 50 games while averaging 17.2 points and 5.4 assists per game. Twice he was named to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) First Team, and twice he led the league in assists.