GLENS FALLS - Villa Maria College men's basketball coach Don Silveri was inducted into the New York State Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame on Sunday. The winner of more than 600 career games at the college level, Silveri was part of a 12-member 2017 class.
Silveri was honored during a ceremonial brunch on Sunday morning at the Glens Falls Civic Center where the Hall of Fame members plaques and achievements are displayed.
Surrounded by family, friends, former and current staff, coaches and players, Silveri became the second coach from Villa Maria to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The late Sister Maria Pares was inducted in 2012 for her many years of excellence in the basketball at Sacred Heart Academy, Canisius College and Marquette University. Sister Maria finished her coaching career at Villa Maria.
"They say you're only as good as the people around you; and I've been blessed," Silveri said during his acceptance remarks. "I've had great people around me; great coaches, great players - who made this honor possible. 600 wins and all of that is great, but the reason for success is, I've always cared for my players, and if you care for your players, they trust you. And if they trust you, they'll work hard for you. That's been the key."