March 12, 2013
Siena's men's basketball program will have a change in leadership. Mitch Buonaguro has been relieved of his duties as head coach. A national search for his successor is underway.
"I'd like to thank Mitch for his dedication and commitment to Siena basketball the last eight years," director of athletics John D'Argenio said. "This change isn't being made for lack of effort. Basketball is important in the strategic direction of Siena. We have high expectations and aspirations for this program."
"Mitch has represented Siena College in a very positive way," Siena College President Fr. Kevin Mullen'75, O.F.M., Ph.D. said. "I consider him a close, personal friend and know how much passion he put into his job. It's a difficult decision, but it was made with the best interest of our program and student athletes in mind."
Buonaguro served as lead assistant to Fran McCaffery during the most successful stretch in Siena basketball history from 2005-10. The Saints won three straight MAAC Championships and made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2008-10, advancing to the Round of 32 in 2008 and 2009.
Siena went 35-59 in Buonaguro's three years as head coach (2010-13). The Saints finished seventh in the MAAC in Buonaguro's first season (8-10), tied for sixth last year (8-10) and ninth (4-14) this season.
"I'm very grateful for the opportunity Siena gave me," Buonaguro said. "It's a very special place, and I've thoroughly enjoyed my eight years here. The student athletes we have brought through the program are people the Siena community can be very proud of. We had some great success here, and although the last three years did not produce the results any of us hoped for on the court, I leave knowing I gave my all every day. This is a program I care deeply about, and I wish Siena nothing but the best in the future."
"Siena basketball has a long, proud tradition and a passionate fan base we're committed to serving," D'Argenio said. "Playing at the top of our conference is important to them and important to us."