The Siena Saints have a history of hiring coaches on their way to big things but the fan base has been less than happy with the last two Men's Head basketball coaches. When Fran McCaffery left for the University of Iowa Siena promoted his assistant Mitch Buonaguro, who went 35 - 59 as the top guy at Siena. Then Jimmy Patsos took over and the and even though the Saints had a pair of CBI tournament appearances and even won the CBI in Patsos' first season his win loss record and turmoil cost him the job.

So what now? Times Union's Mark Singlais is reporting the Saints will do what fellow MAAC schools Quinnapiac and Marist have done before and use a Search Firm to find their next head coach.

Marist athletic director Tim Murray said he spoke with D’Argenio on Friday about search firms.

“In all honesty, I was critical of search firms for many years,’’ Murray said. “I was pretty outspoken about it. In the current climate, and the way things have changed, and having used one, there is definitely a reasonable need for it. I still think you can go without one, but I do think there’s a benefit to having one.”

Murray said the cost of a search firm can vary, depending on the level of service provided. For example, Missouri paid $80,000 plus expenses to Parker last year for the search that delivered Cuonzo Martin.


In my opinion do whatever it takes to get the right guy. I'm still leaning towards LeMoyne coach and son of Michigan head coach John Beilien, Patrick Beilein.

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