Wednesday , Mar , 09 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Siena’s Lanier let go as basketball coach

Loudonville, NY (Sports Network) – Siena College announced that men’s
basketball coach Rob Lanier has been fired.

Lanier, who had spent four years with the Saints, compiled a 58-70 mark during
his tenure that included two postseason appearances, but the team had
struggled recently.

“Rob has been a consummate professional since day one,” director of athletics
John D’Argenio said. “There were many factors leading to the current
circumstances surrounding the program, some of which were beyond his control.
We have high expectations at Siena, and ultimately the decision was made that
it was time to head in a different direction.”

In his first campaign with the school, Lanier guided his club to a 17-19
record, which included the 2002 Metro-Atlantic Athletic Tournament
Championship, as well as a spot in the NCAA Tournament Opening Round game. The
Saints defeated Alcorn State in that contest before falling to eventual
national champion Maryland in the first round.

Siena then went 21-11 in Lanier’s second year, but lost in the conference
tournament and appeared in the NIT. The Saints eventually lost to UAB in the
second round of the tournament.

However, things went sour from there as Lanier went just 20-40 over the next
two seasons, which included a dismal 6-24 record this year. The Saints were
only 4-14 in conference play this season and finished the campaign in 10th
place in the MAAC before bowing out to Iona College in the first round of the
conference tournament.