Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Former Maryland Assistant Headed To Big Dance

(James Crisp/AP Photo)
Jimmy Patsos served as an assistant coach at Maryland under Gary Williams for 13 years. He was on the Terps’ bench when they won the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship in 2002, and now he’s going back to the Big Dance with this own team.

Patsos, who played at Catholic University and who was as well know for his bartending stint at Georgetown’s Third Edition (where he befriend celebrities, high rollers as well as bar flies) as he was for his hoops knowledge, took over the 1-27 Loyola of Baltimore Greyhounds back in 2004.  Reportedly, Red Auerbach told the flamboyant Patsos “Even you can do better than that.”

Patsos once met Al McGuire (who grew up in a Chicago bar) and the Hall of Fame coach told him that bar tending was just like recruiting. The Greyhounds coach took his words to heart.

Loyola was 6-22 in 2004-2005, Patsos first year (so Auerbach was right), and steadily improved through 2008, when the Greyhounds were 19-4.  This year, Patsos squad finally scaled the mountain winning the regular season Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and the tournament.

Patsos has been known to go into the stands during game and his sideline histrionics are legendary up in Baltimore and all around the MAAC.  He once employed a triangle-and-two defense on Stephen Curry, holding the nation's leading scorer without a point. Problem was, Davidson won the game, 78-48, prompting Patsos to say "Bad idea. Stupid idea."

On WTEM yesterday, Patsos hoped his team would earn a 13th or 14th seed based on the prior tournament performance of other league members like Marist, Rider and Sienna. 

The New York Times did a nice story yesterday - click here.

John Feinstein also had nice things to say - click here

Of course, the Baltimore Sun had nice things to say as well - click here.

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