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Siena search down to 3 finalists

Siena search down to 3 finalists

Could have new coach by end of week

LOUDONVILLE -- Siena interviewed Loyola head coach Jimmy Patsos and Virginia Commonwealth assistant Mike Rhoades on campus for the vacant men’s basketball head coaching job on Monday, according to a source with knowledge of the process.

They join Robert Morris head coach Andy Toole, who was interviewed last week, as finalists for the job, which became available when Siena fired Mitch Buonaguro after an 8-24 season.

It was the third straight losing season under Buonaguro, an assistant under Fran McCaffery who was promoted when McCaffery left for Iowa.

Siena athletic director John D’Argenio will make a recommendation to school president Fr. Kevin Mullen, who has final say on the hire. There’s a strong chance that Siena will have a new coach by the end of the week.

In nine seasons, the flamboyant Patsos has a 145-135 record at Loyola, which won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship in 2011-2012, but is leaving the MAAC for the Patriot League next season.

The former assistant to Maryland coach Gary Williams has long expressed his affinity for Albany and likely would be an instant fan favorite for his personality and success in the MAAC. Patsos took over the Greyhounds program a year after Loyola had a one-win season; Loyola is 47-21 over the last two seasons.

Rhoades has been an assistant under Shaka Smart since 2009 and helped the Rams reach the Final Four in 2011.

The 32-year-old Toole is a Staten Island native who was promoted from assistant to head coach at Robert Morris in 2010.

This season, the Colonials won the Northeast Conference regular season title, but lost in the conference tournament to Mount St. Mary’s.

Robert Morris defeated Kentucky, 59-57, in the first round of the NIT before losing to Providence.

The Colonials are 68-38 in three seasons under Toole, including a combined 50-22 over the last two seasons.

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