Siena Legend: Doug Poetzsch

Doug Poetzsch played for Siena from 1981-85. He ranks 13th all-time in scoring with 1,398 career points. He led the team in scoring his senior season when he averaged 18.9 points per game. His 547 points that season is tied for the 10th best scoring output in the record books, tied with Alex Franklin’s 2009-10 result.

Doug was also a threat off the glass. He led the Saints in rebounds in both his junior and senior seasons and his 742 career rebounds are the 7th highest all-time. For his efforts Poetzsch was nationally recognized in 1984 when he was an AP All-American Honorable Mention. In 1985 he was an All-North Atlantic Conference First Team Selection and a GTE Academic All-American. Doug was inducted into the Siena Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990.


How did you end up attending Siena?

 Bill Kirsch and Frank Dyer came down to LI/NYC area to primarily check out Chris Mullin in my downstate Catholic championship game, Holy Trinity against Xaverian.  We lost in close game, but after the game, believe Bill recognized he had little chance to recruit Chris, instead, offered me an opportunity to play for Siena.  I visited and took him up on the offer.


What is your favorite Siena memory on the court?

Beating rival Marist at home in tight game where I hit the shot that sealed the win for us.


What is your favorite Siena memory off the court?

 Good times and close friendships developed with my teammates. (And of course, meeting my wife Cathy).


 What have you been doing since you left Siena?

 Became CPA, than licensed attorney, currently Executive Vice President at ACE Group (global insurance company) heading ACE’s North American claim operation, with about 400 employees.


 Where do you reside, and tell us about your family:

 Happily married for 25 years to Catherine Poetzsch (formerly Schelhorn, from class of 1984).  3 children:

 1.      Doug Jr, 20 – entering senior year at Washington & Lee University (played hoops in HS and Freshman year), studying economic and currently working as in intern for CitiGroup in NYC

 2.      Jack, 18 – entering freshman year at Lafayette College (paying football as wide receiver)

 3.      Leigh, 16 – entering junior year at St. Anthony’s HS (playing lacrosse, volleyball and high jumper) and also getting involved in modeling We reside in West Islip, Long Island and in Lahaska, Pennsylvania as my primary business office is in Philadelphia.


 What are you most looking forward to about the Legends Game?

 Avoiding injury.


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