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Reggie Witherspoon hired as Canisius Head Coach

Posted at 9:54 AM, May 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-31 08:55:54-04

Reggie Witherspoon has been hired as the next Canisius Head Coach, the school announced on Saturday.

Witherspoon, who was the head coach at the University at Buffalo from 1999-2013, takes over for Jim Baron, who retired on May 20.

 “I am excited to take over at Canisius on a number of levels,” Witherspoon said in a statement. “Having grown up here in the area, I remember going to see a lot of Canisius games as a kid, and then as I grew older, I started to become friends with guys that played or were playing at Canisius."

The 55-year-old Buffalo native spent the 2014-2015 season with Alabama and this past year as an assistant with Chattanooga, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

While the head coach with the Bulls, Witherspoon went 198-228 and 96-142 in Mid-American Conference play.  He was also named the MAC Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2012.

A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday at Canisius.