Siena men's basketball coach Mitch Buonaguro has been relieved of his duties following a 24-loss season.

The lead assistant under Fran McCaffery for five years, Buonaguro was promoted to head coach in 2010 and inherited a program that had made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

The Saints didn't experience the same success under Buonaguro, going 35-59.

"I'd like to thank Mitch for his dedication and commitment to Siena basketball the last eight years," director of athletics John D'Argenio said in a statement Tuesday. "This change isn't being made for lack of effort. Basketball is important in the strategic direction of Siena. We have high expectations and aspirations for this program."