Blue & Gold Briefs

Canisius Recruits Reggie Witherspoon

BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo native Reggie Witherspoon signed a five-year contract in May to become the 24th head coach of the Canisius College men’s basketball team. Witherspoon is a 20-year veteran of the college basketball coaching ranks.

“I am incredibly excited for our men’s basketball program, our college and for Western New York to welcome Reggie Witherspoon as our new head coach,” said Canisius Athletics Director Bill Maher ’89 while introducing Witherspoon to the campus community and the Buffalo media. “Reggie brings with him a proven record of building strong basketball teams and developing young men.”

Best known for his work building the basketball program at the University at Buffalo, Witherspoon led the Bulls from 1999-2013. The team had a 174-143 record, during Witherspoon’s last 10 years with the program, and featured a Mid-American Conference (MAC) regular-season crown, two trips to the MAC Tournament title game and four trips to the national postseason.

Witherspoon spent the 2015-2016 season at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he helped lead the Mocs to a 29-6 overall record. He spent the season prior at University of Alabama, which posted 19 overall wins and eight Southeastern Conference victories.

“At every stop in his coaching career, Reggie has been a proven winner on and off the court,” Canisius President John J. Hurley said. “In Reggie, we not only see a successful coach and recruiter, but an outstanding ambassador, role model and mentor for our student-athletes.”

Witherspoon succeeds former head coach Jim Baron, who announced his retirement May 20.

Baron led the Griffs to 73 total wins, 44 wins in MAAC regular season play and three consecutive national postseason appearances. He is the first coach in Canisius history to take his team to the national postseason in his first three years at the helm.

Baron retires from coaching with a total of 462 career wins.

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