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Fajri Ansari, a two-time New York State Federation Champion in the high school ranks, has been named Buffalo State’s 10th head men’s basketball coach. He was selected after a national search to replace Dick Bihr, who announced his retirement in January after 25 seasons.
“We are thrilled to be getting a proven winner,” said Athletics Director Jerry Boyes. “We are confident that Fajri will continue to build on the tradition of success that has become synonymous with Buffalo State basketball.”
Ansari is well known in Western New York for his highly successful tenure at Turner-Carroll High School from 1989 to 2003. During that span, Ansari led his teams to two State Federation championships, five state Catholic Association titles, and three Monsignor Martin Association Manhattan Cup championships. Ansari has mentored many athletes, including four who are currently playing at the professional ranks.
“I like the uniqueness of Division III,” said Ansari. “Even though I’ve dealt with a lot of Division I schools who have recruited players of mine, Division III is special. You have to love the game to be able to be a student and an athlete.”
Thanks to recent national media coverage, sports fans outside Western New York have heard the news. The announcement of his appointment made the pages of the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Post, the Rocky Mountain News, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Ansari is no stranger to Buffalo State. For the past 20 years, he has been an assistant director in the Admissions Office, recruiting undergraduate students to the college through the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).