April 3, 2013
BALTIMORE - After guiding Loyola University Maryland to its first back-to-back postseason appearances in school Division I history, Jimmy Patsos has accepted the position of head men's basketball coach at Siena College, the Loudonville, N.Y., school will announce today.
A national search will begin immediately for his successor at Loyola.
"I am grateful to Coach Patsos for all that he has done to advance our men's basketball program and Loyola," said Loyola President Brian F. Linnane, S.J. "During his nine years with the program, he and his dedicated assistants have led a transformation of the basketball program to a point where competing for league championships has become a reality. Of equal importance, Coach Patsos has continued Loyola's long-standing tradition of emphasizing excellence in the classroom as well as on the court. I wish Coach Patsos and his wife Michele the best as they begin this next phase in their lives. "
Patsos recently guided the Greyhounds to a 23-12 record in his ninth year at Loyola, the second-most wins since Loyola moved to Division I in 1981-1982. The Greyhounds advanced to the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament following the season.
"Jimmy Patsos did an unbelievable job of putting Loyola back on the basketball map, and we thank him for the nine years of passion and spirit that he brought to our campus," said Jim Paquette, Loyola's assistant vice president and director of athletics. "Through his leadership, the program reached heights not seen before at Loyola, and we wish Jimmy, and his wife, Michele, all of the best as they open this new chapter."
The Greyhounds set several program firsts over the last two years, including the first back-to-back 20-win seasons in school Division I history. Loyola's 47 wins over the last two seasons - the Greyhounds finished the 2011-2012 campaign with a 24-9 record and the school's second-ever berth in the NCAA Championships - have brought the first 20-win seasons in as many years since the Greyhounds won 20 or more in 1946-1947, 1947-1948 and 1948-1949.
Patsos was named the 2012 recipient of the Skip Prosser Award as college basketball's Man of the Year, and he was a finalist for the 2013 honor, as well. Earlier this season, Patsos' team scored the highest amongst squads in the State of Maryland in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report. The Greyhounds checked in with a 91-percent GSR, tops among the state's nine Division I schools, for players who entered the school between 2002-2005.
In the year prior to his arrival at Loyola, the Greyhounds finished with a 1-27 record and were the last ranked team in the national RPI. In nine seasons at the Baltimore school, Patsos achieved a 145-135 (.518) record and became the third coach - first in Division I history - to win 100 games in school history.
The 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year also became just the second coach nationally in the last 20 years to take over a program that had won zero or one game the year prior and go on to win 100 or more. Brigham Young finished the 1996-1997 season with a 1-25 record. Steve Cleveland took over the following season and tallied 138 wins until his departure for Fresno State after the 2004-2005 season.