Siena Announces Firing of Head Coach Mitch Buonaguro


Siena announced this afternoon that Siena Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mitch Buonaguro has been fired. After posting a record of 35-59 in 3 seasons as head coach, Buonaguro was dismissed following a season which saw the Saints finish in 9th place in the MAAC conference (4-14, 8-24). He had served 3 years of a 4 year contract.

In his first season as head coach, the Saints finished in 7th place (8-10) in the MAAC, following 3 consecutive MAAC Championship seasons. Last season, his team finished tied for 6th in the conference with a league record of 8-10 as well.
It was Buonaguro’s 8th season in total at Siena as he had previously served as lead assistant under Fran McCaffery from 2005-2010. He took over the program following McCaffery’s departure to Iowa after 3 consecutive MAAC Championships and 3 NCAA Tournament appearances. A national search for his Buonaguro’s replacement is underway.

Statement from John D’Argenio, Siena Director of Athletics
“I’d like to thank Mitch for his dedication and commitment to Siena basketball the last eight years. This change isn’t being made for lack of effort. Basketball is important in the strategic direction of Siena. We have high expectations and aspirations for this program. Siena basketball has a long, proud tradition and a passionate fan base we’re committed to serving,” D’Argenio said. “Playing at the top of our conference is important to them and important to us.”


Statement from Fr. Kevin Mullen O.F.M., Siena College President
“Mitch has represented Siena College in a very positive way. I consider him a close, personal friend and know how much passion he put into his job. It’s a difficult decision, but it was made with the best interest of our program and student athletes in mind.”

Statement from Mitch Bounaguro
“I’m very grateful for the opportunity Siena gave me. It’s a very special place, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my eight years here. The student athletes we have brought through the program are people the Siena community can be very proud of. We had some great success here, and although the last three years did not produce the results any of us hoped for on the court, I leave knowing I gave my all every day. This is a program I care deeply about, and I wish Siena nothing but the best in the future.”

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