Siena basketball brings Miner back to Texas
Former Shenendehowa basketball standout Matt Miner, right, says St. Edward's women's basketball coach J.J. Fiehl. Miner was employed by St. Siena's men's basketball coaching staff. Edwards assistant coach Carmen Maciariello coach. (Courtesy of St. Edwards)
Former Shenendehowa basketball team Matt Miner was at St. Edwards' assistant before joining Siena's men's basketball coaching team as a special assistant to coach Carmen Maciariello. (Courtesy of St. Edwards)
Former Shenendehowa basketball striker Matt Miner, left, chats with St. Edward's women's basketball coach J.J. Fiehl. Miner was employed by St. Siena's men's basketball coaching staff. Edwards assistant coach Carmen Maciariello coach. (Courtesy of St. Edwards)
Miner stayed in his alma mater in Austin for five years after leaving school. He found a job in St. As an assistant coach and then a full-time assistant with Edward's women's basketball team.
While Miner enjoyed his extended stay in Austin, which he called a "great city," he sought to get his foot in the door with the guidance of men's coaches.
"We always talked about how I was going to get over it, and the consensus is that you have met someone," Miner said. "I knew Carmi and it just worked out."
He got his chance when Siena promoted Carmen Maciariello, a Shenendehowa graduate, to head coach in March. Maciariello hired Miner as a special assistant to his head coach - a position that deserves a lot of accurate statistics.
For Miner, this is an opportunity to return home and work on the same program he followed this anniversary when the Saints won three straight Metro Atlantic Athletics Conference titles between 2008 and 2010 under the leadership of Fran McCaffery.
"It's been great," Miner said. “I was very happy to be here at Carmi and Siena, where I grew up watching games. My family, my parents are from the area, and now it's been fun with Carmi and all these guys. It's been fun and I'm looking forward to the season. "
The Saints will conduct their first official practice on September 26th and open the season against America on November 5th in the Times Union Center.
Maciariello and Miner didn't come together in Shen. Maciariello is 41 and Miner is 27. But they were familiar and had links to the Albany City Rocks AAU program.
"Carm and I have known each other for a long time," Miner said. “We come from the same bloodlines. We didn't know each other personally, but we have been in constant contact over the years. He is the man you look forward to when you are my age and you will see all his success. I probably know more about him than he knows about me. "
Maciariello knows that Miner will be his right-hand man, who will deal with special projects and thorough investigation of the breakup and opponents of some films.
As Maciariello put his staff together this spring, it made sense to hire Miner because of his knowledge of the Shenendehowa community and Siena. Miner's brother Joe played football for the Saints before graduating in 2013.
He also contacted St. Edwards Men's Coach with Andre Cook, a native of Watervliet who recruited Miner Austin. Miner, who scored 971 points under Shen, became Cook's four-year letter winner.
He also had a natural curiosity about numbers, which helps him in his current job. Miner was a college finance graduate who was considering going to the field before coaching basketball.
"I have always been interested in numbers, formulas," he said. "I just fell in love with the coach aspect. In this role, I am able to be on the coaching side as well as assist analytically and produce scout reports and the like."
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