Macarchuk (Basketball Coach, 1977-1987)- In a decade of coaching Golden Griffin
basketball, Macarchuk revived the fortunes and status of the Canisius Program.
From 1977-1978, he led the team to a winning record of 53.8 percent. With a
career total of 149 wins, Macarchuk held the record of most wins ever by a
men's basketball coach. In 1985, the Griffs went to the NIT playoffs, their
first ever post-season appearance in 22 years. Under his direction, his teams
posted consecutive 20-win seasons (1984-85 and 1985-86) for the first time in school
history. In 1982 he was named District I Coach of the Year. In 1984 he was
named North Atlantic Coach of the Year. Two years later he earned kudos as New
York State Division I Coach of the Year. The NBA drafted several Canisius
players during Macarchuk years, including Phil Seymore (1982, New York Knicks),
Robert Turner (1984, Houston Rockets), Mike Smrek (1985, Portland Trail
Blazers), and Ray Hall (1985, Utah Jazz).