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DeMeo interested in Canisius job

The first major-conference candidate has surfaced for the opening as men's basketball coach at Canisius College.

Providence associate head coach Steve DeMeo, a 1987 graduate of the University at Buffalo, has indicated to Canisius officials that he would like to speak with them about becoming Mike MacDonald's replacement.

DeMeo, 41, has been on Tim Welsh's staff at Providence for eight years and first built a strong reputation as a recruiter the previous three seasons under Welsh at MAAC rival Iona.

Contacted by phone Tuesday, DeMeo acknowledged he is interested in the Canisius job but declined further comment.

DeMeo, a Queens native, played JV basketball at UB before his career was cut short by injuries. He was a head coach for two seasons at Monroe Junior College in the Bronx, compiling a 53-8 record that included a No. 1 national ranking following the 1994-95 season.

Others assistants known to be interested are former Canisius players Nick Macarchuk of Iona and Fred Dupree of Rider, Marshall's Bob MacKinnon, UB's Chris Hawkins, Hofstra's Tom Parrotta and Richmond's Carlin Hartman, a Grand Island native. MacKinnon and Macarchuk are sons of the top two leaders in coaching victories in the school's history.

Former Canisius player and assistant Dave Spiller is also trying to get in on the search. He formerly worked at Boston College and Ohio State, but has been out of coaching and has been in private business and athletic administration in Columbus, Ohio, since 2001.

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