In our continuing series on Siena Legends we take a look at Michael Haddix, one the starters as voted on by the fans, for the Siena Legends Game coming up on July,19. Don’t forget to purchase your tickets by clicking on the link to the right.
Michael Haddix played for the Saints from 2002-2007. He scored an impressive 1,594 points during his career, good for 9th on the all-time Saints list. In 2002-03 he was part of a team which defeated Providence 89-81 and in the Postseason NIT had wins over Villanova (74-59) and Western Michigan (68-62). After an impressive freshman season he was named to the All-MAAC Rookie Team. He led the team in scoring in 2003-04 with a 15.6 ppg average, and was an All-MAAC Second Team preseason and postseason selection.
Despite suffering a fractured leg and missing 17 games, he reached the 1,000 point mark his junior year. He injured his Achilles tendon on a trip to China in the summer of 2005 with the MAAC All Stars and was forced to redshirt for the 2005-2006 season. He returned for his final season in incredible shape and was named to the All-MAAC first team after averaging 16.3 points per game. A strong and dominant post player, he was also a force on the boards. He led the team in rebounding in 2002-03 and 2003-04 with averages of 7.2 and 9 rebounds per game. His 807 rebounds ranks as the 5th highest total in Siena history. Also an excellent student athlete he was twice named to the MAAC All-Academic Team.
How did you end up attending Siena ?
I ended up Siena after my visit. Coach Lanier recruited me and I knew nothing about Siena or upstate NY. I remember James Clinton went to my high school and growing up, my friends and I would go watch St. Augustine play. I thought he was one of the best high school players that I had seen play and when I heard he went there I knew they had to be good. On my visit (with Paul Williams) I stepped foot into the Pepsi (what is was called at the time) and it was a done deal afterwards.
What is your favorite Siena memory on the court?
My favorite on court memory was beating Providence my freshman year. They had Ryan Gomes and it felt great to get a great team win against a big time team with a future NBA player. I also enjoyed our close game against Xavier with David West, but my favorite moment can’t be a loss.
What is your favorite Siena memory off the court?
My favorite off the court memory involves going to schools in Albany and Schenectady and speaking to students. I never thought that I’d be in a position where kids all over the capital region looked up to me and to be able to speak to kids and share the things that I’ve learned was a humbling and rewarding experience.
What have you been doing since you left Siena?
Since Siena I have been working in the medical field and currently work for Boston Scientific and am getting ready to enroll in grad school to get my MBA.
Where do you reside, and tell us about your family:
I currently live in Manhattan with my fiancé Erica Christine, a former Siena cheerleader, and we are getting married at Saratoga National in the fall.
What are you most looking forward to about the Legends Game?
The thing I’m looking forward to most is getting a chance to catch up with all my Siena family. It was a great part of my life and to be able to go back for a few hours is going to be exciting and hopefully be able to end my career with a win.
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