8 Candidates That Could Be Siena Basketball’s Next Head Coach
Fran McCaffrey Iowa Head Basketball Coach
Many Siena fans have wished for the "glory days" of Fran McCaffrey to return to Siena College. Coach McCaffrey left Siena after guiding the Saints to three straight NCAA tournament appearances to take the head coaching job at Iowa. Despite the Hawkeyes missing postseason action, Coach McCaffrey is under contract with Iowa until 2024 and is very unlikely to leave.
Joe Burke Skidmore Head Coach
Coach Burke has led the Thoroughbreds to five NCAA tournament appearances at the Division III plus Coach Burke has experience at the Division 1 Level as an assistant (Cornell and Navy). The biggest obstacle is if Siena would consider looking to a non-alum at the Division 3 level.
Marc Brown Head Coach New Jersey City University
If Siena does go the Division 3 route, they may turn to one of the all-time great players in Siena history. Marc Brown. Brown has served as the coach of NJCU since 2007 where he has led the Gothic Knights to two NCAA tournament appearances at the Division three. A 1998 Siena Hall of Fame inductee, Brown would an interesting candidate as his #4 jersey hangs in the rafters at the Times Union Center.
Carmen Maciariello George Washington Assistant Head Coach
The 2001 Siena alum has ties to the Capital Region and most importantly potential recruting advantages. Coach Maciariello was a former coach at the Albany City Rocks AAU program where he coached like the likes of Jimmer Fredette and Talor Battle. The Shen High School graduate would bring over a decade of Division 1 coaching experience to the program.
Rick Pitino, Hall of Fame Coach
To not interested in the job.
The potential NCAA penalties that may follow a Coach Pitino program may be too big for Siena to risk.
One of the all time great Upstate New York basketball players of all time, former Duke Blue Devils point guard Greg Paulus seems to be a fit for the Saints. As a player he worked under legendary Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Since leaving Duke and (Syracuse as a football player), Paulus has served as an assistant for Navy, Ohio State and Louisville. Paulus was not retained under Chris Mack's new coaching staff at Louisville.
McNamara has served as an assistant coach under Hall of Fame Coach Jim Boeheim since 2009. McNamara is already familiar with the capital region as he has taken multiple visits to Glens Falls to recruit Joseph Girard III
The presumed to be front runner for the job, even before Coach Patsos resigned from his position. In a bit of a surprise, Coach Beilein had not accepted any Division 1 coaching offers following his successful run with the Division 2 LeMoyne Dolphins this past March. Was Beilein holding out for a potential Siena opening? The thirty five year old coach is the son of current Michigan head coach John Beilein.
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