Loyola men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos, who has led the program to its first back-to-back seasons with more than 20 wins as a Division I team, has emerged as one of the top candidates for the opening at
The 46-year-old coach will be in upstate New York on Monday to interview with longtime Siena athletic director John D'Argenio, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.
Dargenio fired Mitch Buonaguro after the Saints finished their third straight losing season with an 8-24 record. Siena had four straight 20-win seasons prior to that under Fran McCaffery, who is now at Iowa.
Patsos, who declined comment, is the most experienced of the known candidates for the position given his nine years as head coach at Loyola and the 14 seasons before that he spent as an assistant under
According to a report in the Albany Times-Union, Dargenio has already interviewed Robert Morris coach Andy Toole twice. Toole, 32, has a 68-46 record in three seasons at Robert Morris, including a win over Kentucky in the opening round of the
Since 1989, the Saints have been to the
Conversely, Loyola is moving next season from the MAAC to the Patriot League, which is typically ranked in the bottom third of Division I.
Patsos has four years remaining on a five-year contract he signed after the
In a text message, Loyola athletic director Jim Paquette declined to comment, writing "it is Loyola's policy not to discuss personnel matters."