Don Silveri of Hamburg led Daemen to a program-record 27 wins on his way to being named ICAA Coach of the Year.
Fresh off his team’s record-setting 27-win season, Daemen College head men’s basketball coach Don Silveri was named the Coach of the Year within the Independents Collegiate Athletic Association (ICAA) while three of his players, junior guard Casey Sheehan, senior forward Jim Regan and sophomore forward Gerald Beverly, earned honors from the association as well.
The ICAA is composed of NCAA Division II schools and those transitioning to that level that are not in a conference. Basketball members for 2012-13 are Daemen College, Oakland City University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Salem International University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Washington Adventist University.
Silveri, a Hamburg resident, guided the Wildcats to a 27-6 season, the program’s second straight 20-win season and seventh in the last 11 campaigns, while establishing a new team record for wins in a season. The season culminated with Daemen’s runner-up finish at the 2013 United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division I National Tournament last weekend.
Silveri’s squad was especially good at home again this season, finishing the year with a perfect 12-0 mark at the friendly confines of Lumsden Gymnasium. The Wildcats will carry a 22-game home winning streak into next season when they will join the East Coast Conference of NCAA Division II.
Sheehan, the team’s leading scorer this season at 16.0 points per game, was named to the All-ICAA 1st Team. Regan, the squad’s lone senior, recorded five double-doubles and averaged 22.3 points and 9.8 rebounds in the last eight outings of the regular season. Beverly averaged 14.3 points and a team-best 8.0 rebounds. His 59 blocked shots rank third in a single season for the program. Regan and Beverly were named to the second team.
All three players were honored by the USCAA as well, with Sheehan and Regan grabbing First Team All-American honors and Beverly, Second Team honors.