Lazare Adingono is entering his third season on the Canisius College men’s basketball coaching staff.
Adingono came to Canisius from Rhode Island, where he was the Director of Basketball Operations in 2005 and served as an intern in 2004.
The 2003 graduate of the University of Rhode Island served as the head coach for the Cameroon National Team at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens, Greece during the summer of 2008. Cameroon qualified for that tournament after Adingono was coached his native country’s squad in the 2007 FIBA Africa Championships, where he guided Cameroon to the final game against Olympic-qualifier Angola. Cameroon earned a silver medal in that tournament, the country’s first basketball medal in 34 years.
A former standout basketball player for Rhode Island under head coach Jim Baron, he was team co-captain as a senior, helping turn around a program that had suffered through three consecutive 20-loss seasons.
In 2002-03, he helped lead the Rams to a 20-11 mark and an NIT berth. Adingono was the team’s third-leading scorer, netting 11.8 points a game, and tied for the team lead in 3-pointers with 59.
Adingono was recognized with several URI honors after his senior year, including the Bill Woodward Spirit of URI Award and the Jackie Robinson Award.
He played professionally with the Gallos De Pelea in Juarez, Mexico, and earned a bachelor’s of science degree from Rhode Island. The native of Yaounde, Cameroon, was a member of the Cameroon National Team before coming to the United States and beginning his collegiate career.
Lazare and his wife, Maureen, have two children, Lazare Jr. and Lydie. The family resides in Buffalo.