Siena basketball coach Jimmy Patsos has resigned amid accusations of verbal abuse, according to a report from WNYT.
Though Siena has not yet confirmed the report, Patsos is no longer listed as one of the program’s coaches on the team’s athletics site.
The Times Union broke the story of the accusations just over a week ago. The story detailed a complaint from an unidentified student that Patsos called a team manager “insane” and “the next unabomber,” as well as made fun of him for taking medication. The manager referred to reportedly suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder.
Chris Onorato of WNYT reports that the school’s investigation did not find enough for a “just cause” firing and will therefore pay Patsos the buyout stipulated in his contract.
As @RodgerWyland just reported on @WNYT, Jimmy #Patsos has resigned from Siena. The buyout is roughly $350,000 of the owed $1.1M. Siena’s investigation has concluded & didn’t carry enough for “just cause” firing.— Chris Onorato (@chrisonorato) April 13, 2018
In terms of basketball, this leaves the Saints in the unenviable position of having to replace their head coach after the coaching carousel has, for the most part, stopped turning. Siena is coming off an 8-24 season — its worst since Patsos took over in 2013. But with no seniors on the roster, it stood to reason that the Saints could be much improved in 2018-19. Patsos stepping down obviously changes that, as players expected to return may want to explore their options.
UPDATE: 4:33 p.m.
College president Br. F. Edward Coughlin said in the press release:
“Our men’s basketball program is among the many treasured traditions at Siena and a source of great pride among students, alumni, fans, and supporters. Over the years, the team has celebrated wins on some of the sport’s biggest stages, and, experienced difficult losses and disappointments. Most importantly, the program has consistently represented the College with class, honor, and integrity.
“Siena’s founding Franciscan tradition calls upon us to honor the fundamental dignity of every person. Our core values demand compassion and help shape a community where all should feel welcomed, respected, and cherished. As we look forward to a new chapter in Siena men’s basketball, our shared commitment to upholding these ideals will continue to guide us.”
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman is reporting that Le Moyne head coach Patrick Beilein, son of Michigan coach John Beilein, is the early favorite to replace Patsos.
Patrick Beilein is the frontrunner to replace Jimmy Patsos at Siena, sources told ESPN.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 13, 2018