Carmen Maciariello fired after five seasons as head coach at Siena

Carmen Maciariello has been let go after five seasons as the head men’s basketball coach at Siena, the school announced on Wednesday. The Saints won back-to-back MAAC titles in Carm’s first two seasons (2020 and 2021), but have struggled in the years since. This year’s team finished last in the MAAC at 3-17 (4-28 overall).

“After thorough evaluation and careful consideration, we have decided to move forward in a different direction with our men’s basketball program,” said AD John D’Argenio. “We appreciate the commitment that Carm has given to Siena College as its men’s basketball head coach. We had some early successes but, unfortunately, we were not able to build upon them over the past year and a half. The value of Siena Basketball to the College and the Capital Region makes a change in course necessary.”

Maciariello was promoted to head coach in 2019 following the departure of Jamion Christian, under whom he had spent the previous season as an assistant. He also worked on staff at George Washington (2014-18), Boston University (2011-14), Providence (2011), Fairfield (2008-11), and a previous stint under Fran McCaffery at Siena (2005-06). Carm is a Siena-grad, playing one season for Louis Orr and the Saints after spending his first three playing for Jeff Jackson at New Hampshire.

“First and foremost, I’d like to thank Br. Ed Coughlin and John D’Argenio for believing in me to lead this prestigious program,” said Maciariello. “It is with pride, honor, and dignity that I led every day. To all the amazing players that I was able to coach, I thank you for your tireless work ethic. Unfortunately, this is the nature of the business we are in and you are only as good as your last season, of which I am sorry for. Hopefully we will remember the back-to-back championships through COVID, the battles with a Hall of Fame coach, and the countless players that called Siena home before their next stop. Thank you to all for the support you have shown me and my family during my time at Siena.”

Siena has not been to the NCAA Tournament since 2010 or the NIT since 2003.


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