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St. Vincent basketball coach Mike Iuzzolino leaves for Canisius College

| Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 7:43 p.m.

St. Vincent College is looking to fill a vacancy on its men's basketball staff after associate head coach Mike Iuzzolino resigned to take a position as director of basketball operations at Canisius College.

The Buffalo, N.Y.-based Canisius is a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and returns all five starters from a team that struggled last season to a 5-25 record (1-17 MAAC).

It is the first Division I men's job for Iuzzolino, 44, who coached as a women's assistant for two seasons at Duquesne and one at George Mason before arriving at Division III St. Vincent, where he served three years on the men's staff.

“While it's sad to see a coach of Mike's quality leave, I am happy for him. This is a great opportunity,” said St. Vincent coach D.P. Harris, whose Bearcats reached the Presidents' Athletic Conference tournament semifinals round the past two seasons.

At Canisius, Iuzzolino reunites with newly named coach Jim Baron, for whom he played two seasons at St. Francis (Pa.).

The 6-foot Iuzzolino was the Northeast Conference player of the year in 1991, when he led St. Francis to its lone NCAA Tournament appearance.

He was drafted that year by the Dallas Mavericks.

“Mike is a tremendous addition to our staff. He had a great career playing for me at St. Francis and carried that on to the NBA and then overseas,” said Baron, who also has coached at St. Bonaventure and Rhode Island. “For as good as he was on the court, he was that good, if not better in the classroom. He was a real student-athlete who can serve as a role model for our guys. I'm proud to be working with him again.”

— Staff report

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