Canisius hires Reggie Witherspoon to replace Jim Baron

By Nick Veronica

Canisius hired former UB basketball coach Reggie Witherspoon on Saturday, filling the country’s final Division I coaching vacancy that was created by Jim Baron’s unexpected retirement last week.

Canisius athletic director Bill Maher worked closely with Witherspoon at UB before taking over the Canisius athletic department in 2005.

UB fired Witherspoon after the 2013 season in part because he failed to advance to the NCAA Tournament over the course of his tenure. Witherspoon reached The Dance this past season as an assistant with Chattanooga.

Here’s a year-by-year look at how Witherspoon’s UB teams fared, along with their field goal percentage, opponent field goal percentage and national rank. All numbers come from, which has opponent data back to 2002.

Top-100 finishes are in green; finishes 250th or worse are in red.

Witherspoon’s UB teams

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Witherspoon will be introduced at a press conference Tuesday.