Tim Cluess remains at Iona after withdrawing name from St. John’s coaching search


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Tim Cluess is under contract through the 2024-25 season.

Ryan McFadden, Sports Editor

Tim Cluess announced on Thursday that he withdrew his name from the St. John’s coaching vacancy to remain the head coach of the Iona College men’s basketball team.

“I would like to start by thanking everyone for all their support. I am truly blessed to have so many people say so many nice things,” Cluess said in a press release by the school. “I am however taking my name out of consideration for the St. John’s job.”

St. John’s, who recently hired Mike Anderson, reached out to Cluess after Chris Mullin stepped down as head coach on April 9. Cluess was considered a favorite at one point because of his strong tides to the school.

Cluess played two years with the Red Storm. His brothers Hank, Greg and Kevin also played for St. John’s while his sister MaryAnn attended the Queens school. Both Greg and Kevin died from cancer.

“When I was unexpectedly contacted last week, it opened up a flood of emotions,” Cluess said. “For those of you who have ever lost a loved one you know that there are special places, trinkets, and memories that keep them alive in your heart and soul. St. John’s was one of those key places where my love for family has been a part of my life since my earliest memories.”

“In my heart the thought of reestablishing the connection to my brothers Kevin and Greg through the possible opportunity to coach at St. John’s and the chance to help bring back their rich tradition in the process made it hard to walk away from,” Cluess added. “There comes a point where the reality of the situation becomes clearer and moving forward is what is needed.”

In addition to Cluess, St. John’s considered Arizona State’s Bobby Hurley and Loyola-Chicago’s Porter Moser. Both coaches decided to stay with their school.

Cluess has led Iona to four straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference titles and NCAA Tournament appearances.

According to reports, Cluess had a significant buyout as he is under contract through the 2024-25 season.

“I love my players at Iona and being a coach here and I am truly blessed to be able to do what I love at a place I love,” Cluess said. “ I look forward to continuing to grow the Iona program to higher levels.”