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reached under Paul Hewitt and Fran McCaffery, and avoided the depths endured during the tenures of Beyer, Rob Lanier and Mitch Buonagura.

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In 15 years at the school on Monteagle Ridge, just across the Niagara River from Canada and as difficult a place to recruit as there is in the MAAC, Miahlich had just three losing seasons.

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Had Mihalich been hired by Siena in 1994, would he still be here? Would Siena have avoided a revolving door on its coaching office that has seen seven coaches on the job since it passed on him?

At the time, Siena financial situation meant its pool of candidates went only as deep as on the rise assistants willing to take just about anything offered to secure a first head coaching position.

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History shows Beyer to be the worst coach in Siena Division I history. And, it didn take that long for that opinion to form. It was clear very early in Beyer tenure that he was miscast as a college head coach.

His brush with settling in our region came in the spring of 1994, in the days after Mike Deane left Siena coaching position for a move to Marquette.

Mihalich believes things turned out for the best. He had 15 very good years at Niagara, both on and off the court.

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Mihalich went 17 12 in his first season there, had seven straight winning years before his first sub .500 record and only had three losing seasons of 15. He took Niagara to the NCAA tournament in 2005 and 2007 and to the NIT in 2004, 2009 and 2013.

Instead, Siena took the wrong fork in that particular road. It hired former Saints assistant Bob Beyer, who had left the program eight months earlier for an assistant position at Wisconsin.

Prior to his arrival, the Purple Eagles had a 49 90 record over the previous five years and hadn been to the NCAA tournament since 1969 or a national post season event of any kind since 1993.

Mihalich always brought with him an exciting brand of basketball, a high scoring offense that, one year, featured a national scoring champion (Alvin Young, 1998 99) and he recruited the player (Niagara junior Antoine Mason) who leads the nation in scoring this season.

Mihalich had been at Niagara for the past 15 years, just a year short Guess Korry Mini Crossbody Bag of being around for half of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference existence. No men coach has ever served longer at a MAAC school since its formation in 1981.

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The strong guess here is Mihalich would have ensured a very lengthy and positive run at Siena for the past two decades.

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For sure, the school, now, has the financial resources to keep a coach, and published reports indicate that the salary that helped lure Mihalich to Hofstra is lower than what Siena has been paying its head coaches for the last seven or eight years.

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He won be wearing the jolly old elf red and white apparel, but almost assuredly will be clad in his trademark camel colored sports jacket and brown slacks, a familiar sight at the Albany arena sidelines over the years.

Before that, he was an assistant at La Salle for 17 years and had a hand in recruiting and coaching the great teams from that school that included future NBA players Lionel Simmons, Doug Overton and Randy Woods. Before the Explorers left the MAAC in 1991 they set conference standards that still haven been duplicated.

But, he was more than that. Near the end of the search he was one of two final candidates.

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men basketball coach at Niagara brings his current Hofstra team to play Siena Monday at the Times Union Center it a reminder that Mihalich has brought many gifts to our area over the years.

Loyola made a good choice. Siena made an abysmal one, a decision that directly affected the history of two conference programs.

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It not exactly a visit from Old Saint Nick, but when the former Balenciaga Mens Bag Sale

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Mihalich served four more seasons as a La Salle assistant before he got his chance in 1998 at Niagara, and he hit the ground running.

Mihalich did it at LaSalle, at Niagara, and continues to do it at Hofstra, with class, dignity and a personality that made him one of Western New York most liked, best recognized figures during his time there.

Mihalich lost out at Siena a year after he was also bypassed for Loyola coaching position. He came in second that time to the late Skip Prosser, who went on to great success at Xavier and Wake Forest before his premature passing in 2007.

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It certainly makes one wonder what might have been here.

Mihalich was one of the upcoming assistants on Siena list.

a school teacher, inquired about the best local districts for his then school aged children.

During his time there Mihalich brought his Purple Eagles to the area once annually and multiple more times for games whenever the MAAC post season tournament has been held in downtown Albany, 34 times all told.

When he comes to town on Monday, those with long memories will recall that Mihalich nearly had the full time chance to deliver all those gifts to our area.

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