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Patsos enters his 13th season as a Division I head coach and fourth at Siena just three wins shy of 200 for his career. He's posted a 197-186 (.514) overall record including a 116-106 (.523) mark in the MAAC between his stops in Loudonville, and at former conference foe Loyola (MD) where he spent his first nine seasons. Over the past five years, Patsos has guided his teams to four national postseason tournament appearances and 99 wins.
Patsos led the Saints to the program's most wins in six years last winter, and was rewarded with a two-year contract extension from the College on Apr. 14 to lengthen the current deal through the 2020-21 season. Under his guidance, Siena achieved its 20th 20-win season in 2015-16 which culminated in the program's second College Basketball Invitational appearance in Patsos' first three seasons.
The Saints achieved a 21-13 overall record last year and finished third in the MAAC with a 13-7 league mark, advancing to the conference semifinals. 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).
The Saints navigated a challenging schedule, playing nine games against teams that finished in the top-85 of the RPI, and posted wins over St. Bonaventure (46), Hofstra (57) and Iona (85). Siena led all MAAC schools with a non-conference strength of schedule of 86 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 oversaw the development of three All-MAAC selections last season, including two major award winners. Junior forward Javion Ogunyemi was tabbed the program’s first-ever MAAC Defensive Player of the Year and freshman phenom Nico Clareth was selected as the MAAC Sixth Player of the Year. Ogunyemi also earned Second Team All-MAAC accolades, while Clareth garnered MAAC All-Rookie Team acclaim as he broke the program’s all-time freshman scoring record with 447 points. Red-shirt junior forward Brett Bisping was named a unanimous First Team All-MAAC selection in addition to being heralded as a MAAC All-Tournament Team and an NABC District I First Team honoree.Named the 16th head coach in Siena Basketball history on Apr. 3, 2013, Patsos promptly orchestrated a 12-win improvement in his first season which was tied for the second best in all of Division, 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 championships 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' first recruiting class at Siena included MAAC All-Rookie selections Marquis Wright and Lavon Long (now seniors). It marked the first time Siena has had multiple players named to the league's All-Rookie team.
Patsos came to Siena after nine transformative years at Loyola University Maryland. He led Loyola to a school-record 24 wins and a MAAC Championship in 2011-12, and the following season the Greyhounds went 23-12 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). The two-year run marked the first back-to-back 20-win seasons in Loyola's Division I history.
Patsos posted a 145-135 (.518) record at Loyola, including a 47-21 (.691) mark in his last two years. The 2012 NCAA Tournament Second Round loss to Ohio State marked Loyola's first trip to the Big Dance in 18 years.
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 College Insider 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|