Abe  Woldeslassie
Abe Woldeslassie

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Abe Woldeslassie begins his first season as an assistant coach for the Siena men’s basketball team.

"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.

Woldeslassie brings six years of experience working on collegiate coaching staffs, including the last four at the Division I level. Prior to serving at Davidson from 2013-16, he held a similar position at Dartmouth during the 2012-13 season. Woldeslassie began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at Division III Bowdoin from 2010-12.

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.

Woldeslassie first joined the Division I ranks as the director of basketball operations at Dartmouth, where he served alongside current Siena assistant coach Jordan Watson. While with the Big Green, he helped coordinate on-campus recruiting visits, team travel, film exchange, and numerous additional behind the scenes duties.

Prior to Dartmouth, Woldeslassie served for two seasons as an assistant at Bowdoin where he helped guide the Polar Bears to a combined 31-18 record. He aided in the recruitment of and helped mentor NESCAC Player of the Year Lucas Hausman and two-time NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year John Swords.

Woldeslassie also spent two years working at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas, aiding in player development, helping students with college recruitment, and assisting with NBA pre-draft workouts in both 2008 and 2009. In the summer of 2009, he held a head coaching position at the Basketball Training Institute in Pasadena, California.

A native of Minneapolis, Woldeslassie received his bachelor's degree in sociology from Macalester 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.