BALTIMORE --- Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos learned plenty from Gary Williams after spending more than a decade on the Maryland staff.
He picked up a little bit more from afar from the last two years --- insight he's applied to his job with the Greyhounds.
"I think the last two years he did a really good job coaching the team and enjoyed coaching the team," Patsos said. "That being said ... because you win. When you win, you get happy. I wasn't sure what O wanted to do because I missed the challenge of winning [and getting] to the NCAA level. We have a really good team at Loyola, so now I'm really excited to take it to the next step."
Patsos was mentioned as a candidate for assistant coaching jobs at Maryland and St. John's in the offseason. He's 83-99 in six seasons with the Greyhounds, including 13-17 a season ago.
With two weeks before practice starts, Patsos was excited (as he often is) Thursday about the upcoming season when he attended Williams' induction into the Sports Legends Museum Hall of Legends.
"I'm always energized, but I'm optimistic," Patsos said. "I'm more optimistic because we have depth. And I won't lie. We don't have Carolina and Duke in our league but we have Siena and Niagara --- they've been to five of the last six NCAA tournaments. The coach is gone at Siena and they've lost some good players and I'm happy about it. It's time for us to get a little chance. The top teams in each conference, they're there for a reason. Loyola's done a great job finally turning some resources into something that can really help us."