Head Coach, Don Silveri
Longtime sideline fixture Don Silveri returns for his 24th season at the helm of the Daemen men's basketball program in 2012-2013. During his tenure, the Wildcats have established themselves as a regional power within the ranks of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the American Mideast Conference (AMC). With a solid nucleus of returning players, including two NAIA Honorable Mention All-Americans, expectations are high for the upcoming season.
In a coaching career that has spanned 35 years at the junior college, four-year college and professional levels, Silveri has amassed an overall record of 536-372. In that time, Silveri has coached five Junior College All-Americans and eight NAIA All-Americans while earning several Coach of the Year awards.
At Daemen, Silveri has achieved a record 366-331 with seven 20+ win seasons under his belt, including four consecutive such seasons from 2002-2006. He has guided the Wildcats to four conference championships (1999-2000, 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2011-2012) and four appearances at the NAIA Division II National Tournament in Branson, MO. Silveri's 2003-2004 squad enjoyed the program's best post-season success as they advanced to the NAIA Elite 8 before bowing out, finishing the season at 24-10 and ranked 21st nationally.
Silveri has earned conference Coach of the Year honors on four occasions. Career milestones during his Daemen tenure have included his 500th career victory (99-86 vs. Point Park, Feb. 18, 2010) and his 300th win at Daemen (96-77 vs. Siena Heights, Nov. 22, 2008).
Prior to arriving at Daemen, Silveri was the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Erie Community College (ECC) from 1982-1986. While there, Silveri developed the ECC program into a contender at the regional and national level of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) as evidenced by three Empire State Conference Championships and three appearances at the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, KS. Silveri was also a three-time Coach of the Year honoree during his time at ECC.
With his ECC program gaining respect and recognition around the region, Silveri was selected to be an assistant coach on the staff of the United States East Team that participated in the Olympic Sports Festival in Baton Rouge, LA in the summer of 1985. Silveri worked under the team's head coach, legendary St. John's University coach Lou Carnasecca.
Before landing at ECC, Silveri was an assistant on the coaching staff at Buffalo State College under the Bengals' longtime bench boss and Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame inductee Dick Bihr, working there from 1980-1982 and helping Bihr's squads to two straight State University of New York Athletic Conference Championships.
Silveri's first college head coaching job came at Villa Maria College where he worked from 1976-1980, transforming the program at the two-year school into a winner.
Silveri also has experience at the professional level as he was the Head Coach of the Mayaguiz Tianos of Puerto Rico's Superior League, a position he held each summer from 1987-1995. In that league, Silveri coached against the likes of Phil Jackson, P.J. Carlisimo, Henry Bibby and Gene Bartow and earned one Coach of the Year award.
In addition to his coaching duties, Silveri has served Daemen College in different capacities over the years, first as an Academic Advisor and later as Athletic Director, a position he held from 2000-2011. For his service to the college as Athletic Director and his continued success as the Head Men's Basketball Coach, Silveri was inducted into the college's Athletic Wall of Fame in May 2011.
A native of Hamburg, NY and a graduate of Frontier High School, Silveri holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with a permanent certification in History and Physical Education from SUNY Brockport ('70) and a Master of Science Degree in Student Personnel Administration from Buffalo State ('80).
Silveri and wife, Donna, reside in Hamburg. He has two daughters, Leah and Tara as well as three grandchildren - Alex, Sam and Stella.
Associate Head Coach, Mike Miranto
Mike Miranto enters his third year as an assistant to Don Silveri and second as the Associate Head Coach at Daemen College. Miranto is involved with all aspects of the program including on-floor coaching, scouting of opponents, recruiting, coordinating film exchange, scheduling and overseeing the program's administrative duties. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Miranto serves as Daemen's Athletic Communications Director.
Miranto arrived at Daemen after three seasons as the lead assistant coach at the University of Great Falls in Great Falls, MT. While at the NAIA Division I school, Miranto aided in the development of several All-Frontier Conference performers as well as one NAIA All-American. In addition to his coaching duties at UGF, Miranto served in several capacities on campus, including Assistant Student Life Coordinator (2007-08), Intramural Coordinator (2008-09) and Sports Information Director (2009-10). Prior to his stint at UGF, Miranto began his coaching career at the high school level, serving as head junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach at his alma mater, North Tonawanda High School, in suburban Buffalo, NY from 2004-07. Miranto was also an assistant on the school's football coaching staff for two seasons and was a coach in the Niagara Hoops Salukis AAU Basketball Program.
As a player at NTHS, Miranto was a four-year letterman for coach Gregg Ross' Lumberjacks and finished his career as the school's second all-time leading scorer with 1292 points while establishing school records for games played (84), three-point shots (122), assists (317) and steals (210). He was twice named to the All-Niagara Frontier League First Team and was a two-time Honorable Mention All-Western New York selection and two-time Tonawanda News Area Player of the Year.
After high school, Miranto competed at the NCAA Division III level for Buffalo State College (NY) from 2001-2004. As a freshman, Miranto finished in the top 10 of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) in three-point field goal percentage. In the 2002-2003 season, he helped the Bengals to the SUNYAC Championship, capturing an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
Miranto holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Buffalo State College. He is single and resides in North Tonawanda.
Assistant Coach, Rayshaun Ames
Rayshaun Ames begins his second season on the men's basketball staff at Daemen College after finishing a brilliant collegiate playing career at the University of Great Falls (MT). At Daemen, Ames will be involved in all aspects of the program including scouting of opponents, recruiting and on-floor coaching, where he'll be most directly involved with the team's post players.
Ames competed at Great Falls for two seasons (2007-09) and earned NAIA I Honorable Mention All-American honors as a senior after averaging 20.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. In his two years competing for the NAIA I school, Ames appeared in 53 games and scored 974 points (18.4 points per game) and hauled down 425 rebounds (8.0 rebounds per game).
Prior to his stint at Great Falls, Ames was a NJCAA All-American and Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Year after leading the ACCAC in scoring and rebounding while playing for South Mountain Community College as a sophomore. Ames began his career at fellow-ACCAC school Mesa Community College where he played his freshman season under former NBA player Alton Lister.
After finishing his collegiate career, Ames stayed on at UGF as a student assistant coach for one season while completing his Bachelor of Science Degree in Health & Human Performance. As a coach, Ames helped the Argos' big men and also assisted with the program's junior varsity team.
With his degree completed in 2010, Ames fulfilled his lifelong dream of playing professional basketball after signing a contract to join the Tijuca Club in Rio de Janerio, Brazil and helped that team to the Championship of the National Brazilian Basketball League.