Cluess, Godsey sign contract extensions

Ryan McFadden, Assistant Sports Editor

Iona College announced Wednesday that it will be extending men’s basketball Head Coach Tim Cluess and women’s basketball Head Coach Billi Godsey’s contracts through the 2021-22 season.

“Tim and Billi continue to lead our two programs the right way and their success within the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and the New York Metropolitan Area speak for themselves,” Vice President for Athletics Administration Rick Cole Jr said in the press release. “Their commitment to Iona athletics’ mission of building champions both on and off the court is remarkable. I’m excited to work with them both as they position Iona College and our student-athletes for success.”

Coach Cluess has a 260-101 in his 11 seasons coaching NCAA basketball. He has posted a 162-78 record in seven years with Iona. He has guided the Gaels to their second straight MAAC victory and earning their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance since Cluess has been in New Rochelle.

“I have to thank the Iona College community, especially our alumni, for their support of our program, the coaching staff, myself and my family,” Cluess said. “I am excited to continue to be a part of Gael Nation and look forward to continued success and growth for Iona College and Iona men’s basketball.”

Cluess, who was named the conference coach of the year in 2014, has helped Iona to seven straight 20 or more win seasons.

Godsey is 82-46 in her four seasons with the women’s basketball team. The Maryland native made history last year when she led the Gaels to their first MAAC Championship win and a trip to the NCAA Tournament, where they played the University of Maryland.

“I am thankful to President Nyre, Rick Cole Jr. and the entire Iona College family for the continued opportunity to lead the women’s basketball program,” Godsey said. “After continued program growth this season following a MAAC Championship in 2016, my staff and I are committed to bringing the program to another NCAA Tournament.”

Iona went 18-13 this season and advanced to the conference semifinals, where the team fell to Quinnipiac.