Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Banquet To Honor Siena's Hoop History

From time to time, this blogger comes across interesting events worthy of being brought to the attention of our readers.

An "Evening With Siena Banquet" scheduled for this Saturday night (May 8) is one of those.

The event is meant to honor the school's basketball success, not only over the past three seasons but over the past few decades.

At least 20 former players, including some who played in the 1950's, will be on hand. Among the most noteable will be Marc Brown, arguably the program's best player of the school's Division I era; and, former coach Mike Deane, who recruited Brown. Together, they brought Siena its first NCAA tournament appearance (1988-89). That season, in this blogger's humble opinion, remains the greatest in the school's history.

Former players expected to attend include Bruce Schoeder, Jack Mulvey, David Ryan, Michael Haddix, John Murray, Rod Owens, Mike Catino, Scott Knapp, Andy Grazulis, Josh Duell, Richie Smith, Kenny Hasbrouck and several members of this past season's team.

Current coach Mitch Buonaguro will be a keynote speaker, and the majority of former players and Deane are also expected to speak at the event.

The banquet is being sponsored by Rene LeRoux, who recently wrote a book about Siena's basketball history.

The banquet will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn on Hoosick Street in Troy, N.Y. Those interested in attending can contact LeRoux at 518-877-5170, or Jason Rich at 518-783-2411. Cost to attend is $75.

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