Gerry McNamara hired as Siena head coach

Gerry McNamara has been officially announced as the new head coach at Siena. McNamara has been on staff at alma mater Syracuse since 2009, spending this past season as associate head coach for the Orange.

“We are ecstatic to welcome Gerry, Katie, and their children into our Siena community,” said AD John D’Argenio. “Gerry has a great track record for recruiting and developing talented players, and he has a passion for basketball that will resonate with our fan base. His knowledge for the game and coaching acumen will position us to compete for MAAC Championships.”

McNamara was a star player for the Orange from 2002-06, helping the team win the 2003 National Championship as a freshman alongside future NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony. He spent some time playing in the NBA Summer League and then professionally overseas, but returned to Syracuse in 2009 to be a graduate assistant under his former coach, Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim. He was elevated to assistant coach in 2011 and later became associate head coach when Adrian Autry was selected as Boeheim’s successor last year.

“I want to thank President Seifert and Athletic Director John D’Argenio for this incredible opportunity,” said McNamara. “I am so honored and excited to lead Siena College as the new head men’s basketball coach. My family and I can’t wait to get started and embrace Siena and the Capital Region.”

Siena parted ways with former head coach Carmen Maciariello earlier this month after five seasons, with the Saints coming off a disappointing 4-28 (3-17 MAAC) season. Carm had led the team to back-to-back MAAC titles in his first two seasons (2020 and 2021) but fallen off since. McNamara will be looking to rebuild the program into the MAAC powerhouse it previously was.