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Patsos resigns as Siena men's basketball coach

April 14, 2018 03:40 PM

Jimmy Patsos has resigned as Siena's men's basketball coach.

A settlement has been worked out for Patsos. The resignation takes effect immediately.

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As NewsChannel 13 previously reported, Patsos and his program have been under investigation by a firm that Siena hired. That firm completed its investigation. No charges have been filed against Patsos. However, there is a lot of tension between the two sides.

Patsos has three years left on his contract paying him $1.1 million. NewsChannel 13 has learned the settlement is in the neighborhood of $350,000.

We're also told at the moment, Siena does not have a new coach in line.

STATEMENT FROM SIENA COLLEGE

Siena College has accepted the resignation of men’s head basketball coach Jimmy Patsos.

Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., Ph.D., president of Siena, and John D’Argenio, vice president and director of athletics, met with team members today to inform them of the resignation.

“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,” said Br. Coughlin.

The College will immediately begin a national search for a new head coach.

STATEMENT FROM JIMMY PATSOS

I am resigning my position as Basketball Coach at Siena College as of April 16, 2018.  I have denied and continue to deny any accusations of wrongdoing, but it is clear that it would be impossible to Coach and recruit for Siena in this atmosphere and I would never want to do or say anything that would be harmful to the team or School.  I am still not sure how we got to where we are today; but, at this time, I believe it would be best for all concerned if I was to leave Siena and pursue the next challenge in my lifetime of helping boys become men thru College Athletics.

I wish everyone at Siena the best and thank all of my players, coaches and managers for their dedication to me over the last five years.  I also want to give a heart felt thank you to the community that has treated me and my wife, Michele so wonderfully during our time in the Capital District.  Siena is fortunate to have an amazing, dedicated fan base.  Hopefully, we will meet again.

NewsChannel 13 continues to follow this story. We will bring you updates on WNYT.com and our future newscasts.

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