Chris Mullin steps down as St. John's head coach

Florence Fletcher
April 12, 2019

According to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, Chris Mullin is going to step down as St. John's head coach sometime this week. St. John's athletic director Mike Cragg released a statement on Saturday, claiming Mullin will not be replaced as the Red Storm's head coach.

Considering all that Mullin has accomplished as a coach and player for the university, it's hard to imagine how much it hurts him to leave the program.

"This has been an extremely emotional decision, but after a recent personal loss, I took time to reflect upon my true values and believe this is the right time to make a change", Mullin said. The team reached their first NCAA Tournament under Mullin this year but were knocked out of the First Four by Arizona State.

St. John's President Bobby Gempesaw said that because of Mullin the "university community has grown closer, there has been excitement throughout campus".

Hurley is a New Jersey native and has a background with Cragg, who spent more than 30 years in various administrative roles at Duke, his time intersecting with Hurley's playing days with the Blue Devils from 1989-93. With the news of Mullin leaving, Ponds is nearly certain to not return for his senior season. He was also a former player at St. John's which was a leading factor in him earning the job. "We thank Coach Mullin and his staff for their commitment to running a program that we can all be proud of", he concluded. NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday will be a lifetime memory.

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Hurley just completed his fourth season at Arizona State, with back-to-back 20-win seasons to go with back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. Mullin remains the school's career scoring leader. His lack of coaching experience led to some of these struggles, though he certainly did slowly rebuild this program.

Another name expected to be considered is Iona coach Tim Cluess, who played at St. John's for two seasons and has coached in the NY area his entire career.

This is an abrupt ending to what could have been a promising tenure at St. John's.

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