LOUDONVILLE — Jim Jabir will return to coach the Siena women’s basketball program, the school’s athletic department announced Wednesday afternoon.
Previously, the 58-year-old Jabir coached at Siena for three seasons from 1987 to 1990.
“I would like to thank Dr. [Chris] Gibson and John D’Argenio for the opportunity to come home and do what I love,” Jabir said in a press release, referencing Siena’s president and athletic director, respectively. “Siena is a special place for me, and our goal from day one is to win championships and represent Siena in a first class manner. This is not my program. This program belongs to our students and all the fans who have supported the Saints for so long, and we will continue to represent you all well. We will build a family that you will be proud of. We will need you all at our games to help us achieve this lofty goal.”
Jabir will be formally introduced at the school during a press conference scheduled for Friday at UHY Center. The Albany Times Union was first to report that Jabir was Siena’s choice to succeed Ali Jaques, who was dismissed from her post last month after nine seasons.
“Siena and our women’s basketball team are fortunate to be able to have Jim return and lead our program,” D’Argenio said in the school’s press release announcing Jabir’s hire. “His record of basketball achievements is evident. His ability to engage the student athletes he leads, understand them as young women, and build a program that supports them as people has been the foundation upon which his on-the-court success has been built.”
Most recently, the 58-year-old Jabir coached at Florida Atlantic for four seasons, the latest stop in a head-coaching career that’s included 32 seasons as a Division I head coach. At the Division I level, Jabir — a Nazareth College graduate — has a career record of 500-435. At Siena, Jabir’s teams finished 50-29.
In between coaching at Siena and Florida Atlantic, Jabir coached at Marquette, Providence and Dayton. Seven of his teams have made it to the NCAA tournament, including his 2014-15 Dayton squad that finished 28-7 and made it to the Elite Eight.
That 2014-15 season was the most-recent Jabir-led squad that finished with a winning record. Jabir’s final season at Dayton saw the program finish at 14-15, and Jabir produced three losing seasons at Florida Atlantic prior to this past season’s 11-11 finish.
Siena is coming off a 4-9 campaign, the program’s third-consecutive losing season.