By Tom Benoit
October 2, 2012 5:47 PM

Former Siena Head Coach Mike Deane has been named to the Siena Athletic Hall Of Fame.

Deane’s eight years at Siena (1986-1994) included four, twenty-win seasons, its first NIT appearance in 1988, and the first NCAA appearance in 1989, one of the greatest moments in Siena history. After gaining attention nationwide for having won the NAC league final in front of no fans due to a measles outbreak, his team went on to defeat #3 seed Stanford ranked #13 in the nation at the time, in the NCAA tournament. His Siena teams would go on to appear in the NIT two more times including a third place finish in 1994, his final season, after which he would go on to lead Marquette. He had a record of 166-77 for a .683 winning percentage while at Siena.

He coached two of the finest guards and the top two scorers in Siena history Marc Brown (2,284) and Doremus Bennerman (2,109). His teams’ successes combined with his fiery demeanor as a coach are legendary amongst Siena fans. In 2008, while at Wagner, his most recent head coaching stop, Deane used a seatbelt on his courside chair in order to help tame his sideline enthusiasm that Siena fans had come to know decades earlier. In an ESPN profile Coach Deane explained that with the NCAA putting a point of emphasis on coach’s sideline behavior he wanted to make sure he didn’t give officials further ammunition against him.

Deane coached at Oswego State, Siena, Marquette, Lamar and Wagner. In 26 seasons he had a record of 437-332. He led teams to four NIT appearances and four NCAA appearances. He is currently an assistant coach at James Madison University under former Siena player, Matt Brady.

As a player at Potsdam, Deane was named an all American as a junior and averaged 18.1 points per game over his 3 year career. He is the schools all time assist leader with 805 and sixth in scoring with1,447 points in 80 games played.

Here is a copy of the release from the Siena Athletic Department:

Former men’s basketball coach Mike Deane, golfer Bryan Bigley ‘07 and swimmer Kelly (Pangburn) Morrissey ’03 are the newest members of the Siena Athletic Hall of Fame. Bigley and Morrissey will be formally inducted on Friday, December 7 at 4:30 p.m. at TASTE in Albany. Deane’s induction will be held after the basketball season with full details to follow.

Tickets for the December 7 reception are $40, and packages that include a game ticket for that night’s men’s basketball game against Rider at Times Union Center are $60 for adults and $50 for children. On-line registration will be available starting October 26 at www.siena.edu/halloffame.

Deane is the sixth coach to be inducted into the Siena Athletic Hall of Fame, joining Dan Cunha (Basketball, 1967), Leo Callahan (Freshman Basketball, Golf, Intramurals, 1978), Tony Rossi (Baseball, 1986), Russ Ferris (Lacrosse, 1996) and Hank Wysocki (Volleyball, 2011). He coached the Saints from 1986-1994, compiling a 166-77 record. His .683 win percentage is third best in Siena’s Division I era. Deane may be best remembered for guiding Siena to its first NCAA (1989) and NIT (1998) appearances. In 1989, Siena upset No. 4 seed Stanford in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., and pressed Minnesota to the limit in the Second Round. Deane also led the Saints to the 1994 NIT Semifinals at Madison Square Garden with wins over Georgia Tech, Tulane, Bradley and Kansas State in the consolation finals. Deane was at the helm for three regular-season conference championships, and was the New York State Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1991.

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