Ciresi Promoted to Associate Head Coach at Union College

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A staple of Union College men’s basketball for over a decade as a coach and student-athlete, Nick Ciresi ’09 has been elevated to the position of associate head coach of the men’s basketball team, head coach Chris Murphy ’06 announced this week.

“I would like to thank Chris Murphy for his unwavering support during our last six seasons together; I could not ask for a more perfect mentor,” said Ciresi. “My sincere gratitude goes out to our administration, especially Jim McLaughlin ’93, Joanne Little and Beth Tiffany. Their guidance has been paramount over the last several years and has helped mold me into a professional worthy of this opportunity. As an alumnus of this program, I am very fortunate to do what I love at an institution I care very deeply about.” 

Ciresi has been a member of the Union men’s basketball family for 12 years, including the last six seasons as the top assistant coach on the Dutchmen bench. In his first five years, he helped guide the Dutchmen to 69 victories and a pair of Liberty League Tournament championships and NCAA Tournament appearances. He was an integral part of the staff that shared the Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year honors in 2017-18 as well.

“I am delighted that Nick has been named Associate Head Coach,” said Murphy. “Over the last six seasons, Nick has been vital to the growth and success of the men’s basketball program at Union, and his efforts have positively impacted every aspect of our team.  This elevated position is a deserved progression for Nick in his career and will ensure that our coaching staff provides the highest quality experience for our student-athletes.”

Ciresi was a four-year player for Union, serving as a team tri-captain and leading the Liberty League by shooting over 46 percent from three-point range as a senior. He graduated from Union in 2009 with a degree in political science.

After graduation, Ciresi served two seasons as an assistant coach at Union before moving on to Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham, where he spent three seasons as an assistant coach while earning a master’s of business administration degree.

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