Toronto,ON- The Ryerson Rams announced Tuesday the hiring of David Deaverio as the new head coach of the men’s basketball team.
The deal, first reported by Elias Sbiet of North Pole Hoops, has the new coach under contract for the next three years.
Deaverio, before joining the Rams has coached 19 seasons between the Ottawa Gee-Gees and Mcgill. In those years he has reached the U SPORTS Final 8 eight times and has won coach of the year nine times.
The 56-year-old Toronto native owns a total combined recorded of 409-264 in 673 games overall (.608) during 19 seasons with Ottawa and McGill.
“I would like to thank McGill for believing in me and sharing a great 10 years. I have been very fortunate to work with some wonderful people and experience some great moments,” said DeAveiro to reporters.”McGill is a great place with outstanding people doing amazing things. I am forever grateful to all the athletes I have coached and the lasting friendships that have come from my time there.”
The coach led McGill to seven first-place finishes in 10 years, along with five RSEQ conference titles and as many appearances at the U SPORTS Final Eight national championship.
Deaverio also has spent time coaching for countless Canadian National teams, while also spending time in the summer working with the Canadian cadet program.
The Rams, in March, put up a Job posing for a managerial position as the operations and head coach.
The team reportedly interviewed three coaches for the position, Rams now-former head coach Borok Popic, Matt Skinn the head coach of the University of Cape Breton, and David Deaverio.
In result of this move, first-year head coach Popic was fired after leading the rams to a 16-6 season Despite injuries to key players like the 7-foot forward Tanor Ngom.
The move comes after the disappointing finish to men’s basketball team season as they were routed by the Gee-Gee’s in the OUA quarterfinal, after making it to the final 8 the last five seasons, all under coach Roy Rana.
The last time the team lost in the quarters was the 2010- 2011 season to Carlton.
Last year Mcgill went 17-14 on the season.