BUFFALO, NY – The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame announced its newest induction class and it includes a pair of former University at Buffalo standout coaches. Former wrestling head coach Ed Michael and former women's basketball head coach Sal Buscaglia were among the announced 12-member class.
Over his 21 seasons at UB (1971-91), Michael guided the Bulls to the most wins in program history - 215. He led UB to the New York State Collegiate Wrestling Championship seven times and had the Bulls in the top 20 NCAA rankings an impressive 13 occasions. During his tenure, Michael coached 105 individual tournament champions, 27 New York State individual collegiate champions and an astounding 39 All-Americans. His career highlight came in 1978 when he led the Bulls to the Division III National Championship.
Currently, eight of Michael's former wrestlers are recognized as honored members of the UB Athletics Hall of Fame. After coaching, he went on to serve for 18 years as the UB Director of Recreation and Intramurals. A member of six Halls of Fame, including the New York State chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Michael has authored several sports journal publications as well as co-authoring a wrestling book.
In 2011, the University at Buffalo honored the Hall of Fame coach by naming its newly renovated wrestling facility the Ed Michael Wrestling Complex.
Buscaglia is UB women's basketball's all-time winningest coach. In eight seasons, his squads had five 20-plus winning campaigns en route to a mark of 155-71. Three East Coast Conference regular season titles and one Mid-Continent Conference championship were part of those campaigns. More importantly, he ushered the Bulls into the Division I era winning 23 games in their first year of Division I competition.
He left UB following the 1997-98 season to become the head coach at Manhattan and recently retired after serving 13 seasons as the head coach at Robert Morris. Overall, Buscaglia's career mark ended with 712 wins, including 443 wins at the Division I level. He earned 15 Coach of the Year honors, made 15 national tournament appearances and captured 17 conference titles.
The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame honors those who have enhanced our lives with their performances and commitment to Western New York sports, an effort surpassed only by the positive impressions they have left on our athletes of tomorrow.
For additional information on the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, please go to www.gbshof.com.
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