Abe Woldeslassie To Be Named Siena Assistant

Abe Woldeslassie

We have learned that Siena will soon name Abe Woldeslassie as the new assistant coach under Head Coach Jimmy Patsos. Woldeslassie will fill the spot left by the departure of assistant Lucious Jordan who served as assistant for the past three years.

Woldeslassie comes to Loudonville from Davidson College where he served as the Director of Operations under Bob McKillop for three years. Davidson finished the 2015-2016 season with a record of 20-13 overall and 10-8 in the Atlantic-10. The Wildcats were 24-8 overall the prior season, 14-4 in the A-10 winning the regular season title in their first year in the conference. In Woldeslassie’s first season at Davidson, the Wildcats finished 26-8 overall and 17-1 in their final year in the Southern Conference.

In addition to his experience in North Carolina, Woldeslassie has ties in New England as well as Minnesota and the Midwest which could prove to be valuable in recruiting.

Prior to Davidson, Woldeslassie spent one season as the Director of Operations at Dartmouth College, where current Siena assistant Jordan Watson was serving as assistant at the time. He also served for two years as an assistant coach at Bowdoin College of Maine where he helped the Polar Bears to a combined 31-18 record.

Woldeslassie brings experience in recruiting, opponent scouting, organizing team volunteer opportunities, assisting with summer camps, coordinating on-campus recruiting visits, team travel, film exchange and many other behind-the-scenes duties.

Originally from Minneapolis , Woldeslassie began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2009, he served as a head coaching at the Basketball Training Institute in Pasadena, California.

A 2008 graduate of Macalester College, Woldeslassie  played for two years, starting all 50 games. He averaged 17.2 points and 5.4 assists per game. Woldeslassie was twice named to the (MIAC) First Team, and led the league in assists both seasons. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

Last summer, Woldeslassie led 10 college players on a goodwill tour of Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, and England through the Global Sports Academy, a program that Siena assistant Greg Manning has coached with in the past. Woldeslassie’s team finshed 4-2 on the tour.

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