AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – Former Canisius and Medaille men’s basketball coach Mike MacDonald will take over as the new head coach at Daemen this season. The school held a news conference on Tuesday.
MacDonald told the media, “This is going to be a lot of fun. It is going to be an adventure. It is going to take a little time. It is an adjustment for all of us. The timing is not great because of how it all happened and being close to mid September but we know if we all stick together and work together we are going to be fine.”
MacDonald led the Mavericks to a couple NCAA Tournament berths at the Division III level, spending the last seven years with that program. He coached at Canisius for nine years before that.
“I have been at the Division I level which is all full scholarships. I have been at the Division III level which is not scholarships. I have connections throughout Buffalo, Rochester, all of New York state, so that will help,” MacDonald added. “I also have a long list of contacts that can help me going forward and I have experience as a coach.
Daemen is entering year number three of a three-year transition to the NCAA Division II level. Once that is complete, MacDonald will have coached at the Division I, II, and III levels – all in the Buffalo area.
He replaces longtime Wildcats coach Don Silveri, after the team relieved Silveri of his duties last week. Silveri won more than 400 games during his 25-year run at Daemen.