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Men's Basketball

Despite Pitino’s record, he has some big shoes to fill

Gerald Sullivan, Contributing Writer

April 29, 2020

It’s not often that a hall of fame coach is the one with big shoes to fill. Rick Pitino is a former national champion and one of two coaches to bring three different schools to a Final Four. He has coached college basketball giants like Louisville and Kentucky, professional teams in Europe and...

Pitino recruits eight newcomers for Gaels

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

April 29, 2020

Rick Pitino recruited eight new players to the Iona College Gaels on April 16, one month after being brought on. Each and every signing was hand picked by Pitino to create the team he thinks will bring the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship back to the Hynes Athletics Center. The eight...

Gaels inconsistency leads to heartbreak at home

Dan Abbate, Staff Writer

April 9, 2020

The Iona men’s basketball team is preparing for the upcoming Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament after a heartbreaking 68-69 loss to Quinnipiac in their final home game of the season. The Gaels are reaching the end of a regular season full of ups and downs. The maroon and gold lost seven...

Gaels look to work on offense going into MAAC

Dan Abbate, Staff Writer

March 9, 2020

The Iona Men’s Basketball team is preparing for the upcoming Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament after a heartbreaking 68-69 loss to Quinnipiac in their final home game of the season. The Gaels are reaching the end of a regular season full of ups and downs. The maroon and gold lost seven...

Men’s basketball on a roll after early season struggles

Acting head coach Tra Arnold has a 10-13 overall record with the Gaels ever since taking over.

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

February 27, 2020

The Iona College men’s basketball team is currently 8-8 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference after a rough start to their season. The Gaels started off the season on a bad note with the absence of head coach Tim Cluess. This left associate head coach, now acting head coach, Tra Arnold in charge....

Behind the scenes of Iona men’s basketball

Junior Omorede Rainey has been a team manager of Iona men’s basketball since his freshman year.

Joseph Agius, Staff Writer

February 20, 2020

When you look at organizations across the country, whether that be on the collegiate or professional level, there’s always a tremendous amount of effort that goes in the background to propel the product that we consume as fans. Iona men’s basketball Team Manager Omorede Rainey knows all about...

Gaels struggle in early conference season

Senior E.J. Crawford leads the Gaels in scoring and free-throws, with 238 points and a .816 free-throw percentage.

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

February 1, 2020

The Iona College men’s basketball team has had a shaky start to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference season. This is a change from last year, where the Gaels’ started off the MAAC with two . At this time last year the Gaels were 5-3. This year, Iona has a 3-5 record in the MAAC, the first time...

Gaels add on top performers in hopes for five-peat

Freshman Parker Weiss made the Second Team All-State as a senior in his home state of Florida while Freshman Michael Ortale Jr. has over 1,000 points in his career so far.

Daniel Abbate, Staff Writer

October 17, 2019

The Iona men's basketball team is preparing for the upcoming season as they look to extend their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship streak to five in a row. On the squad, two new faces have emerged. Parker Weiss and Michael Ortale Jr. will be the only freshmen on the roster for the reigning...

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

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

Ryan McFadden, Sports Editor

April 19, 2019

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,”...

St. John’s has not reached out to Iona about Tim Cluess

Tim Cluess was named the 2019 MAAC Coach of the Year.

Ryan McFadden, Sports Editor

April 12, 2019

Iona College released a statement on Friday morning that said St. John’s has not reached out to the school about men’s basketball Head Coach Tim Cluess. The school said it has long-term plans for the 2019 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and is hoping Cluess ends his career in N...

Tim Cluess emerges as front runner for St. John’s head coaching vacancy

Tim Cluess emerges as front runner for St. John’s head coaching vacancy

Ryan McFadden, Sports Editor

April 12, 2019

Iona College men’s basketball head coach Tim Cluess has become a potential candidate for the head coaching vacancy at St. John’s, according to CBS College Basketball Insider Jon Rothstein. The news of Cluess, 60,  possibly leaving Iona for the school in Queens comes two days after NBA Hall of...

Iona men’s basketball recruiting news and notes

Head Coach Tim Cluess coaches the men's basketball team for his ninth season.

Will Schneiderhan, Staff Writer

April 8, 2019

Tim Cluess had perhaps his most impressive season as the Iona College men’s basketball head coach this past season. An inauspicious start quickly became a season to remember halfway through the campaign. Cluess and his team flipped on the switch and rode a scorching hot finish to the regular season...

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