Longtime Atlantic 10 coach Jim Baron retires from Canisius

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Jim Baron won more than 400 games in his career at four schools. USATSI

Jim Baron, the coach at Canisius for the past four seasons, is retiring. The retirement is effectively immediately. Baron went 73-59 at the school and did not reach the NCAA Tournament.

Canisius assistant Pat Clarke will take over the Golden Griffins job on an interim basis.

"I have given this decision a lot of thought and I just feel like it is time for me to step aside," Baron said in a statement. "This profession demands a lot. I recently went overseas to see my boys play basketball professionally and there I realized, I have not been able to see them or my granddaughters much at all the last few years. I want to be a dad and I want to be a grandfather."

Baron has been a head coach dating back to 1987-88, when he began his career at St. Francis of Pennsylvania. He spent four seasons there, then was at St. Bonaventure (his alma mater) from 1992-2001. He coached at Rhode Island from 2001-2012, and then finished his career with Canisius. His record in 29 years of coaching: 462-414. He reached the NCAA Tournament twice but also had 14 seasons of 18 wins or more.

"I've been in the coaching business for 39 years. That's a long time. A lot of people don't work in the same field for nearly 40 years. When you're coaching other people's kids, you sometimes lose focus on your own family. I am lucky that I had the chance to coach both Jimmy and Billy at the Division I level. Now they are grown up and living their lives and starting families. I want to have the chance to enjoy that aspect of my life now. I want to thank Canisius president John Hurley and director of athletics Bill Maher for their support and their commitment to this basketball program. I spent so much of my life here in Buffalo and Western New York. This area will always have a special place in my heart."

The 62-year-old was a four-time coach of the year in the Atlantic 10. His retirement is believed to be for reasons relating to spending more time with his family. His two sons, Jimmy and Billy, both have professional careers overseas. He coached both of them in college as well.

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