Add one more major "ring-holder" to the MAAC's list of former champions.
That would be first-year Manhattan coach Steve Masiello, who earned a national championship ring as a member of the 1997-98 national championship team at Kentucky as a reserve guard. This blogger had overlooked Masiello when writing about ring winners.
Earlier this week, in a post about Keith Booth joining the staff of the Loyola women's team, we noted that Booth is the possessor of an NBA championship ring from the 1997-98 season when he was a member of the Chicago Bulls.
In that post we noted that two others currently on MAAC sidelines also had NCAA championship rings. Siena coach Mitch Buonaguro has one from his work as a Villanova assistant coach from the 1984-85 season.
And, Manhattan assistant coach Scott Padgett has one from when he played at Kentucky in the 1997-98 season.
Ironically, Padgett and Masiello were teammates on the 1997-98 national championship Kentucky team and, now, they are reunited as coaches at Manhattan.