Aug. 9, 2013
Former Vermont coach/ESPN analyst Tom Brennan was in attendance to pay tribute to Mike Deane. We thought it would be fun to have him interview his friendly rival.
Mike Deane and Marc Brown '91 fought back tears and elicited laughs and standing ovations from a crowd of 150 fans, former teammates and friends as they formally accepted their past inductions into the Siena Athletics Hall of Fame Thursday night in Clifton Park.
"I've been inducted into a number of Hall of Fames," Deane said. "None of them are like this."
Deane's 35-minute speech closed out a special night that honored two of the most transformative figures in program history.
"The era of Mike Deane and Marc Brown was the turning point for Siena basketball," athletic director John D'Argenio said.
Siena's all-time leading scorer paid tribute to his teammates during his acceptance speech.
"I didn't beat Stanford," Brown said in reference to Siena's initial NCAA Tournament win in 1989. "This is not golf, it's not tennis. Basketball is a team sport. You win and lose collectively."
Tim Capstraw delighted the crowd with an entertaining nominating speech for Brown. He told several anecdotes from his time as a Deane assistant, and his tireless recruiting of Brown.
"Marc Brown will be the best basketball player Siena will ever have and it won't even be close," Capstraw remembered telling long-time sports radio host John Graney prior to the start of Brown's freshman year.
Brian Bidlingmyer '95 gave Deane's nominating speech.
"He's been like a second father to me, and it's an absolute honor and privilege to present Mike Deane into the Hall of Fame," Bidlingmyer said. "In this day and age, there aren't too many guys who can say they did it the right way from the first day to the last day. Mike did it the right way."