Siena men’s basketball Head Coach Carmen Maciariello was named as a finalist for the 2021 Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award. The Siena community congratulates Coach Maciariello for the nomination and appreciates his selflessness, dedication and commitment to not only the Siena Basketball Program but to the Siena family. Maciariello, as everybody knows, is an alumnus of Siena College and has been coaching at Siena since 2018 before being named the 18th Head Coach in Siena’s history just a year later. This prestigious award is given to the Division 1 men’s basketball coach who exudes strong moral character and integrity. The award is named after the late Skip Prosser who coached at Loyola College in Maryland, then Xavier University, and finally Wake Forest University until his death in 2007.
Coach Carmen was also named as a finalist for the Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year Award which is an annual award given out to the best coach of a Mid- Major basketball program. The award is named after retired NCAA Head Coach Hugh Durham, who coached at Florida State, Georgia and Jacksonville from 1959 to 2005. A mid-major school is any school that is part of a conference out of the Power 5 conferences (ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC) and the Big East. Coach Maciariello has found immediate success after taking over the program in 2019. In just two seasons, Maciariello has led the Saints to a 32-14 record, and a 27-9 record in the MAAC Conference alone. The Saints have been crowned MAAC Champions for two consecutive years under Coach Carmen and hold the number 1 seed in the ongoing MAAC tournament to fight for a spot in the round of 64 for the NCAA tournament. Siena was practically a lock for a bid in the 2020 NCAA Tournament, but coronavirus concerns caused cancellations across the sports universe, including the tournament. Out of 61 newly hired Division 1 coaches, only 1 of them has led their team to a regular season championship. Can you guess who that one coach is?
Coach Carmen has exhibited the characteristics of what being a Siena Saint is all about on and off the court. On the court, he inspires his team to play hard, play smart and to play for each other. Off the court, Maciariello is inspiring his players in a different way. This past summer, during the wave of social unrest following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, Maciariello decided to act. He is one of the key contributors to the organization Coaches 4 Change (C4C) which is an organization directed towards educating and empowering student athletes in the fight against social inequality and racial injustice on their campuses and in our communities.
An ambitious mind, Maciariello plans to change the world, starting with the reformation of collegiate athletics. Combining Coach Carmens on-court success with his impact on the Siena community, it is easy to see why he is getting the recognition that he deserves with these two nominations. Nonetheless, this is just the beginning for the Clifton Park native and we should expect to witness further success and evolvement of the bodies and minds of our Siena basketball players and program.