LOUDONVILLE — Jimmy Patsos, who recently completed his fifth season as head coach of the Siena College men’s basketball team, is the subject of a school investigation for allegedly verbally abusing a team student manager.
The Times Union first reported news of the investigation.
In a text message, Siena assistant athletic director for communications Mike Demos issued the following statement to The Daily Gazette about the investigation:
“Information surfaced during our end-of-season review of the men’s basketball program that requires deeper examination. This process demands time and must be conducted in confidence. We have an obligation to protect the rights of all involved, and we have a responsibility to ensure our programs are held to the highest standards.”
Siena is coming off an 8-24 season, a campaign which tied the school’s mark for most losses in a season.
Siena athletic director John D’Argenio declined comment on the team’s season following the Saints’ season-ending loss to Quinnipiac in the first round of the MAAC tournament in Albany.
Besides the team’s record, the 2017-18 season was a rocky one for Siena. Midway through the season, one of the team’s co-captains — junior Nico Clareth — left the team and announced his intention to transfer.
In five seasons at Siena, Patsos’ teams have gone 77-92.
Patsos is under contract through the 2020-21 season.