Off the Record: Former Siena hooper Mextorf finally catching break

Saratogian | Steve Amedio

Thirteen months ago, I wrote a Christmas-themed column about former Siena men’s basketball player Jim Mextorf whose idea of a perfect gift was a new kidney.

“Mex” played at Siena in the mid-to-late 1980’s and has been in our midst ever since, currently as a state worker and JV basketball coach at Albany Academy.

His last two years at Siena were primarily as a reserve, but he embraced providing stiff practice competition for starters. He and two other reserves, Larry McMahon and Tom Hipp, latched on to the nickname “Vikings” for embodying the toughness of the original Vikings.

It’s a trait that has served Mextorf well through years of struggle with Type 1 diabetes, a disease that precipitates high blood sugar levels that can cause complications if not properly monitored and treated. Continue reading