Brady was enshrined on Thursday, Oct. 25 as one of 12 individuals inducted as part of the 7th Annual Camden County (N.J.) Sports Hall of Fame dinner. Deane was in Plattsburgh, N.Y. the previous weekend, Oct. 20, for the induction of the 1975-76 men's basketball team into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame. On Oct. 2, Siena College announced Deane for induction to its Athletic Hall of Fame in December, though his official recognition will be pushed back to the spring when JMU's season concludes.
Brady commented on the honor, "It was a tremendous opportunity for me to go back and recreate a lot of memories with my high school team and memories that my family was able to be a part of again. What was probably most touching to me was that my whole high school team was there, which was a surprise to me."
Brady, who was joined at the Camden County banquet by numerous family members from New Jersey and former high school teammates, starred as a varsity athlete at Paul VI High School, including winning a state championship with the Eagles. After a standout scholastic career, which included being named to the 1980s South Jersey All-Decade Team, he went on to star as a collegian at Siena, where he played as a senior under first-year head coach Mike Deane. Brady preceded Deane into the Siena Hall of Fame in 1993 after scoring 1,106 points and setting the program's assists record with 593.
Deane is the sixth individual to be inducted as a coach at Siena. He coached the Saints from 1986-1994, compiling a 166-77 record. His .683 winning percentage ranks third best in the school's Division I era. He guided the New York private school to its first NCAA and NIT appearances in 1989 and 1994, respectively, reaching the NCAA Round of 32 in 1989 and the NIT semifinals in Madison Square Garden in 1994.
"Siena is a special place," recalled a reminiscing Deane. "There is an intimacy and respect from people of that school that doesn't exist at every college. As a result, that was as much fun as any job that I've had. It is the place I had the biggest impact on during my time as a coach. This will be the most important induction to a hall of fame that I will receive."
Deane's 1975-76 Plattsburgh State squad represented the first team to be enshrined as a group in the school's Hall of Fame. It was the first team in school history to advance to the NCAA semifinals in any sport. The Cardinals won the regular season in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) and won the NCAA Division III Eastern Regional. Deane was an assistant coach for the team.
The Siena honor will be the seventh hall of fame recognition for Mike Deane. He joined the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame on March 18, 2012 and the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame (Albany) on July 1, 2012. Other hall of fame honors include the Rockland County Sports (1993), North Rockland High School and SUNY Potsdam (1984).
While Deane has been touched by all of his coaching honors, he made it clear that he wasn't done in terms of coaching accomplishments. He added, "I'm a lot more excited to tell you the truth about the opportunity in front of me at JMU than about any of these hall of fame honors."
James Madison will tip off its 2012-13 season on Nov. 15 at No. 13 UCLA. It will be the fifth season with the Dukes for Brady, his first with Deane on the staff as an assistant.