LOUDONVILLE — Carmen Maciariello watched plenty of action from the opening rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament that started last week.
That was fun — but it still stung for Siena’s head coach that his team wasn’t playing.
Maciariello confirmed during a phone interview with The Daily Gazette that he signed a contract extension Wednesday with Siena — and doubled down on his desire to lead the Saints “to do something that’s never been done before” by the Siena men’s basketball program.
“Nobody’s made it to that that second weekend yet,” said Maciariello, referring to the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds of the NCAA tournament that Siena has never advanced to in its program’s history.
Maciariello appears set to have several years to reach that lofty goal at Siena after signing an extension Wednesday that keeps him at Siena through the 2025-26 season. Siena did not officially announce Maciariello’s contract extension Wednesday and attempts to contact Siena athletic director John D’Argenio were unsuccessful, but multiple sources confirmed to The Daily Gazette that Maciariello’s original four-year contract with the school had three years added onto it.
The Albany Times Union and Spectrum News were first to report details of Maciariello’s contract extension.
A Clifton Park native and 2001 Siena alumnus, Maciariello guided the Saints to a regular-season championship during the 2019-20 season, his first year leading the team. Siena won a share of the MAAC regular-season title in Maciariello’s second season.
Siena’s 2019-20 season ended when the MAAC tournament was canceled due to concerns related to the novel coronavirus pandemic with the Saints two wins from earning a bid to the NCAA tournament. In Maciariello’s second season, the Saints lost in the MAAC tournament quarterfinals.
Maciariello’s contract extension was signed after a week that saw the head coach emerge as one of the top contenders for the open position at Fordham. Multiple sources confirmed last week that Maciariello had interviewed for the position at Fordham, and the Siena head coach said Wednesday that he’d “addressed all that with my players, too, when those rumors were going around” last week.
While reports linked Maciariello to Fordham last week, Siena earned a commitment from Middle Tennessee transfer Jayce Johnson. A Buffalo native, Johnson was a player Siena had targeted prior to Johnson playing his first three seasons of college basketball in Conference USA.
A contract extension for Maciariello this offseason was viewed as a likely development given the program’s successes in his first two seasons as its head coach.
“But I wasn’t too worried about it,” Maciariello said. “I knew John [D’Argenio] and [school president] Dr. Chris Gibson fully support what we’re doing and the program. . . . Just looking to continue to build this thing and grow it.”
Siena hasn’t made it to an NCAA tournament since 2010, a year after the program nearly upset top-seeded Louisville to reach the Sweet 16. The Saints started the 2020-21 season, which was marred with disruptions related to the novel coronavirus pandemic, with six consecutive wins before winning six of its last 11 games.
“We didn’t peak at the right time,” Maciariello said.
And, with a contract in place at Siena through the next five seasons, Maciariello will have several more opportunities to bring Siena to a new program peak.
“We have to work tirelessly for it,” Maciariello said.