Mitch Buonaguro was named Siena's 15th head men's basketball coach on April 8, 2010.
Widely regarded as one of the most experienced and respected coaches in the country, Buonaguro has helped reenergize the Siena program in his six years (five as the lead assistant) with the program, helping the Saints to three consecutive MAAC Championships and NCAA Tournament berths from 2008-2010.
Buonaguro has amassed over 30 years and 1,000 games of Division I coaching experience as both a head and assistant coach. He served as the head coach at fellow MAAC member Fairfield University from 1985-91 where he led the Stags to consecutive MAAC Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in his first two seasons. As a result, he was named National Rookie Coach of the Year by Basketball Times and District I Coach of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association and the NABC.
Prior to his appointment as the top assistant coach at Siena in 2005, Buonaguro made assistant coaching stops at Boston College (1975-77), Villanova (1977-85), Texas A&M (1991-96), Cleveland State (1996-03) and UNC-Greensboro (2003-05). As an assistant under legendary head coach Rollie Massimino at Villanova, Buonaguro helped guide the Wildcats to the 1985 National Championship.
A 1975 graduate of Boston College, Buonaguro was a four-year point guard of the Eagles basketball team from 1971-75. One of the few individuals to both play in and coach an NCAA Tournament game, Buonaguro scored four points for Boston College in its 1975 NCAA Tournament game against North Carolina. Buonaguro graduated cum laude from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and in 1977 he received a master's degree in secondary education.
Buonaguro has been inducted into two Hall of Fames. He is part of both the Bishop Loughlin Hall of Fame in Brooklyn, N.Y. and the Five-Star Basketball Camp Hall of Fame.
A native of Queens, N.Y., Buonaguro and his wife Suzin currently reside in nearby Ballston Lake. Mitch's son Michael is a 2009 graduate of Siena.