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Buscaglia has one year left on job

Hamburg native Sal Buscaglia, former women’s basketball coach at Hilbert College and the University at Buffalo, announced that next season will be his last as head coach at Robert Morris University. His son, Charlie, the Colonials’ assistant head coach, has been named as coach-in-waiting. Charlie Buscaglia has served on his father’s coaching staffs for the last 16 years.

Under Buscaglia, Robert Morris has won four North East Conference championships and earned NCAA tournament berths in 2007, 2008 and 2014.

“Coach Sal has been considering retirement for over the last year,” said Robert Morris athletics director Craig Coleman. “Since winning the conference championship last season, he has finally come to the decision that it’s time to pass the torch after an extremely successful run at Robert Morris and even previous to RMU. We look forward to another great season next year under Sal’s leadership and we’ll be forever grateful for the way he’s turned this program around over the past 12 seasons.”

After UB, Buscaglia was head coach at Manhattan (1998-2003) before moving to Robert Morris. He has has a 690-355 career record. That does not include a 253-55 record in 12 seasons (1978-1990) at Hilbert, a two-year school at the time. His UB record (1990-98) was 155-71. He is still the winningest coach in UB women’s basketball history.