Not too many individuals had been in the MAAC longer than Akbar Waheed at Niagara, who is moving on and moving upwards.
Waheed, the lead assistant coach at Niagara, was hired earlier this week to join Steve Donahue's staff at Boston College of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Waheed played at Niagara from the 1995-96 through the 1998-99 seasons. After his playing career ended, he immediately joined the Purple Eagles' coaching staff and was head coach Joe Mihalich's top assistant for the past seven years.
That's 15 years at Niagara. Talk about paying your proverbial dues.
During Waheed's tenure both as a player and as a coach at Niagara he earned a reputation for being a hard worker and a good person.
It didn't take long for Donahue to hire Waheed. Two days after former BC assistant John Gallagher became Hartford's new head coach, Waheed joined Boston College's staff.