Prior to Canisius’ first round MAAC tournament game against Niagara, the school announced that they have extended head coach Jim Baron until the 2019-20 season.
Upon his hire on April 2, 2012, he signed a five year contract that would have ended following the 2016-17 season. This extension will cover three more seasons.
Baron is 72-60 in four seasons with the Golden Griffins and have made the CIT in each of their first three seasons.
“Under the leadership of Jim Baron, our men’s basketball program has had success both on the court and in the classroom,” athletic director Bill Maher said in a statement. “Jim is a proven winner and he demands the best from his student-athletes. We are excited about the future of our men’s basketball program under his leadership.”
The 61 year-old head coach has 461 career victories and already ranks seventh in Canisius history on the all-time coaching wins list. He is the only coach to bring the Golden Griffins to postseason play in his first three years on the job.
Pat Clarke, a long time assistant on Baron’s staff, has been elevated to associate head coach.
Canisius plays Niagara in tonight’s second game of the MAAC tournament first round in Albany, N.Y.
Ryan Restivo wrote the America East conference preview for the 2015-16 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. He covers the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the America East conference among others for Big Apple Buckets. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]nycbuckets.com.