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Saints Close Out Regular Season Home Slate With Senior Day vs. Stags
By: Sean Brennan, Special to MAACSports.com
Saints Match Up With MAAC Frontrunners For First Time
Saints Face Stags For First of Two Meetings Over Next Two Weeks
Men's Basketball MAAC First Round vs. Quinnipiac (3/1/18)
Men's Basketball Senior Day vs. Fairfield (2/21/18)
Men's Basketball vs. Saint Peter's (1/29/18)
Men's Basketball vs. Marist (1/18/18)
Men's Basketball vs. Niagara (1/5/18)
The 2017-18 campaign marks Patsos’ 14th season as a Division I head coach, and fifth guiding the Green and Gold. Named the 16th head coach in Siena Basketball history on Apr. 3, 2013, he recorded his 200th career head coaching victory in the Saints’ conference-opening triumph over Fairfield last December, and enters the season with a 214-203 overall career record including a 69-68 mark at Siena. Patsos, who spent his first nine seasons as a head coach at former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe Loyola University Maryland, ranks second all-time in conference history with 128 regular season league victories.
Over the past six seasons, Patsos has propelled his teams to four national postseason tournament appearances while averaging 19.3 victories. His squads have also finished with .500 or better records in six of the past seven years.
Last season Patsos led the Saints to the program’s first MAAC Championship Game appearance in seven years. Siena, which played the 32nd toughest non-conference schedule in the nation and the 82nd hardest overall which featured 14 games vs. teams which would finish in the top-100 of RPI, won 13 of its final 19 contests to amass a 17-17 overall record and finish tied for third in the MAAC with a 12-8 league mark. The Saints recorded four top-100 RPI wins, none of which was bigger than their MAAC Semifinals victory over regular season champion and heavy favorite Monmouth in which Siena rallied back from a 17-point second half deficit.
The 2016-17 season also marked the culmination in the development of four 1,000-point scorers by Patsos in Brett Bisping, Lavon Long, Javion Ogunyemi, and Marquis Wright. Siena’s decorated Senior Class, which also included walk-on Jimmy Merrill, combined to finish with 5,787 career points, and the Saints were one of just two Division I programs along with National Champion North Carolina to feature four 1,000-point scorers on their 2016-17 roster. Bisping ranked 24th nationally in rebounding (9.7) and graduated as the only player in Siena Basketball history to eclipse both 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds for his career.
Patsos led the Saints to the program's most wins in six years during the 2015-16 season, and was promptly rewarded with a two-year contract extension from the College to lengthen the current deal through the 2020-21 season. Under his guidance, Siena achieved its 20th 20-win season which culminated in the program's second College Basketball Invitational appearance in Patsos' first three seasons.
The Saints tallied a 21-13 overall record and finished third in the MAAC with a 13-7 league mark, as Patsos orchestrated a 10-win improvement from the previous year which was tied for the 12th best nationally. Under Patsos’ watch, Siena developed into one of the nation’s top rebounding teams, ranking 15th nationally in rebound margin (+7.8), 19th in offensive rebounding (13.4) and 24th in rebounds per game (40.1). Patsos oversaw the development of three All-MAAC selections including the program’s first-ever MAAC Defensive Player of the Year in Ogunyemi, and MAAC Sixth Player of the Year Nico Clareth who broke the program’s freshman scoring record with 447 points.
The Saints navigated a challenging schedule, playing nine games against teams that finished in the top-85 of the RPI, and made history by becoming the first team since the NCAA Tournament Field expanded to 64 teams in 1985 to open its season by playing its first two games against the defending national champion (Duke) and runner-up (Wisconsin).
Patsos promptly orchestrated a 12-win improvement in his first season leading Siena in 2013-14 which was tied for the second best in all of Division I, and culminated in the first Division I national postseason tournament championship in program history. The upstart Saints won 20 games and earned a bye into the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament after being picked 10th (of 11) in the conference's preseason coaches' poll.
Siena accepted an invitation to participate in the 16-team College Basketball Invitational (CBI) and caught fire. The improbable run to the CBI title included victories over Penn State and Illinois State. The Saints knocked off Fresno State in the nationally televised best-of-three Championship Series, capturing game one in California and the decisive third game in the Alumni Recreation Center on campus.
Patsos matriculated to Siena following nine transformative years at Loyola (MD) which he guided to 145 victories and the 2012 MAAC Tournament Championship, which marked the program’s first trip to the Big Dance in 18 years. He led the Greyhounds to a 47-21 (.691) mark over his last two seasons which was highlighted by a school-record 24 wins during the historic 2011-12 campaign, followed by a 23-win season and an appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) Quarterfinals in 2012. The two-year run marked the first back-to-back 20-win seasons in Loyola's Division I history.
In June of 2013, Loyola men's basketball received a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for posting an Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the top-10% of all Division I programs. The award considered APR scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12, all teams Patsos coached.
Patsos was just the third coach in Loyola history to reach 100 wins, joining Emil "Lefty" Reitz and Nap Doherty. In doing so, he became just the second coach nationally in the last 20 years to take over a program that had won zero or one game the year prior and go on to win more than 100 games (Steve Cleveland - BYU, 1997-05).
Patsos was named MAAC Coach of the Year and the Skip Prosser National Man of the Year by CollegeInsider.com in 2012, the later a nod to his work on and off the court. He was a finalist for the Prosser award again in 2013.
Patsos and his staff injected immediate energy into the Loyola program and generated legions of followers through the Greyhounds' fast-paced, pressing style of play. In 2012, Loyola hosted the first back-to-back sellouts of Reitz Arena in the venue's history.
Patsos arrived at Loyola from the University of Maryland, where as an assistant to Gary Williams for 13 seasons he helped guide the Terrapins to 11 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, including seven Sweet Sixteen appearances, consecutive trips to the Final Four (2001 and 2002) and the 2002 National Championship.
He began his coaching career as the assistant at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C. He helped Carroll to a 21-8 record and a national ranking of No. 6 during his first season before the team lost to famed DeMatha Catholic in the city playoffs. Patsos was involved in the maturation of Charles Harrison (Wake Forest) and Lawrence Moten (Syracuse), both of whom became collegiate stars.
A three-year varsity letter winner at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Patsos played for the late Jack Bruen, who later led Colgate University to a pair of NCAA Division I Tournament appearances in the 1990s.
A native of Boston, Patsos earned his Bachelor's Degree in history from Catholic in 1989.
In 2011, Patsos married the former Michele Schmidt.
Year-by-Year With Coach Patsos
|2011-12||Loyola (MD)||24-9||.727||13-5||.722||2nd||MAAC Tournament Champions; NCAA Tournament|
|2012-13||Loyola (MD)||23-12||.657||12-6||.667||T-2nd||CollegeInsider.com (CIT) Tournament|
|2013-14||Siena||20-18||.526||11-9||.550||5th||College Basketball Invitational Champions|
|2015-16||Siena||21-13||.618||13-7||.650||3rd||College Basketball Invitational|