LOUDONVILLE — An offseason of changes continued Tuesday for the Siena men’s basketball program, which announced multiple modifications to its coaching staff.
Bob Simon, an assistant coach at Siena the last two seasons, is leaving the Saints to join the coaching staff at his alma mater Eastern Michigan. Simon is the second Siena assistant coach to leave the program this offseason after Harley Fuller departed late last month.
“We thank Coach Simon for all his hard work these last two years, and wish him all the best as he looks to help Eastern Michigan grow,” Siena head coach Carmen Maciariello said in a statement issued on social media. “We are glad that Bob will be able to be closer to his family.”
To fill one of those two openings, Maciariello promoted Greg Fahey from director of basketball operations to assistant coach. Meanwhile, Matt Miner shifts from his role as the team’s special assistant to the head coach to become the director of basketball operations.
Antoni Wyche remains on staff as an assistant coach, and the Saints now need to fill its open assistant coach and special assistant positions.
Siena’s coaching staff saw no changes from Year 1 to Year 2 of Maciariello’s tenure as head coach. Coming off back-to-back MAAC regular-season championships, though, the program will head into next season with a reworked coaching staff and roster, as the Saints already have six new scholarship players joining the program for next season — and still have two remaining open scholarships for the 2021-22 campaign.
The team’s top-three scorers from this past season all have left the program, including MAAC Player of the Year Manny Camper who has started his professional career. Jalen Pickett, a three-time All-MAAC first-team selection, committed Sunday to transfer to Penn State, while Jordan King previously committed to transfer to East Tennessee State.
Prior to heading to Siena, Fahey spent a season as a graduate assistant at Providence and two seasons as an assistant coach at Division III FDU Florham. Before that, Fahey coached at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, New Jersey and with the Albany City Rocks AAU program.
“I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity, and appreciate coach Carm for believing in me,” Fahey, a Marist graduate who served as a men’s basketball team manager during his college years, said in Siena’s press release announcing his promotion. “Siena is a special place, and I look forward to continuing to grow here.”
“Greg is a hungry, young assistant who will thrive as a cultivator of relationships,” Maciariello said. “He brings energy and enthusiasm to our program daily.”
Like Maciariello, Miner is a graduate of Shenendehowa High School. Before heading to Siena, Miner spent four seasons as an assistant coach on the women’s basketball staff at Division II St. Edward’s, his alma mater.
“Matt is the ultimate professional who has worked as a volunteer for two consecutive years,” Maciariello said. “His loyalty is unwavering, and his ability to bring fresh ideas to our program is second to none.”