Albany, NY, August 30, 2017 – David Magley, President of the North American Premier Basketball League, announced the addition of the Albany Patroons to the league’s team roster at a press conference in the Washington Avenue Armory Conference Center on Tuesday.
The Albany Patroons were founded in 1982 and played in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) and the United States Basketball League (USBL), two now-defunct leagues. The team disbanded in 2009, following the CBA’s final season. The NAPB’s inaugural season will mark the first time in nearly 9 years that the Patroons have played in Albany.
Among the press conference speakers were Derrick Rowland, former head coach and player for the Patroons; Kathy Sheehan, Albany County Mayor; Dan McCoy, Albany County Executive; Donald Ceipel Sr., Managing Partner and Business Manager for the new Patroons team; and Michael Corts, General Manager of the Washington Avenue Armory, where the Patroons will play home games.
NAPB President Magley played for the Patroons alongside Rowland in the 80s.
“Having played in the Armory, and having been a part of the Patroon Community, I am excited and honored to have a franchise of the NAPB back in Albany,” said Magley at the press conference earlier today. “The vitality of the fans in the Capital District is second to none. The marriage between the Patroons and NAPB is perfect.”
Rowland will return as Head Coach and add General Manager and Managing Partner to his list of responsibilities for the team when they begin their new season in 2018.
“Coming back as the Patroons’ head coach is my dream job,” shared Rowland. “I am excited that I can join [Magley] in reliving the glory days when I was proud to wear the Patroons Championship Ring. The Albany Patroons have allowed me to experience the greatest days of my life as a player and a coach. I have no doubt that our organization will continue that experience.”
Mayor Sheehan and Executive McCoy agreed that the team will revive the community’s love for local basketball.
Said Sheehan, “For decades, the Patroons electrified fans and provided a foundation for legendary NBA coaches such as Phil Jackson and George Karl. Thanks to Dave Magley and the NAPB for their commitment to bringing the Patroons home.”
“Having professional basketball back in Albany County brings so many benefits – not only economic – to our families, our schools, and the community,” agreed McCoy. “I am honored that the NAPB has chosen Albany as an important vehicle for its success. The Albany Patroons will indeed be the ‘People’s Team’ – welcome back!”
Businessman Donald Ceipel Sr. looks forward to serving as the Managing Partner and Business Manager of the team alongside coach Rowland.
“I’ve always believed in involving myself with winners over the past 25 years. From baseball to boxing and basketball, I have enjoyed every step of the journey,” Ceipel said at the press conference in Albany on Wednesday. “This opportunity surpasses all else. I believe that the fans and business in the Capital District will be rewarded beyond anyone’s expectations.”
Corts is excited to reinvent the Armory as a family venue, and to have the Patroons back on their home court.
“The magic is back,” Corts said.
The league’s inaugural season starts January 1, 2018. Other confirmed teams include the Rochester RazorSharks and an unnamed Seattle team. The league is hosting combines across the United States to recruit players and scout talent throughout the upcoming months. The New York combine will be held in Rochester on November 4th.