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Schmidt accepts Bonnies' post

Robert Morris' Mark Schmidt has accepted an offer to become the new men's basketball coach at St. Bonaventure, The Buffalo News has learned.

Schmidt, who was 82-90 in six years at the suburban Pittsburgh school, met with his players Monday to tell them he's leaving for Olean to replace Anthony Solomon. He will be introduced at a news conference this afternoon.

Schmidt, 44, is expected to get a seven-year deal in the range of $300,000 per season. Robert Morris was 17-11 last season but finished fourth in the Northeast Conference at 9-9 after being the preseason pick to win the league.

Prior to taking over the Robert Morris program, Schmidt served seven seasons at Atlantic 10 rival Xavier as an assistant coach under Skip Prosser, where he helped recruit and develop future NBA players such as David West, Lionel Chalmers, James Posey and Torraye Braggs.

Schmidt played at Boston College from 1981-85 under Tom Davis and Gary Williams. He has also served as an assistant at Penn State and was an aide to Prosser at Loyola (Md.) in 1994, when the Greyhounds ended Canisius' 16-game winning streak in the semifinals of the MAAC Tournament and then upset Manhattan to go to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

e-mail: mharrington@buffnews.com

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