St John’s coach Chris Mullin quits, cites ’personal loss’

St John’s coach Chris Mullin quits, cites ’personal loss’

St John’s coach Chris Mullin quits, cites ’personal loss’

Head coach Chris Mullin of the St. John's Red Storm speaks to an official in the first half against the Xavier Musketeers during the Big East basketball tournament Quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 2018 in New York City. 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.

The school's greatest player "stepped down" as coach Tuesday after four years on the job, citing a "personal loss".

"Coach Mullin restored excitement to our men's basketball program and represented St. John's in a positive way", Cragg said. Gerard Richard Mullin played basketball at Siena from 1979-83. He has guided the Sun Devils to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, the first time the Devils appeared in consecutive tournaments in almost 40 years. However, a 59-73 overall record and 20-58 in the Big East as head coach left the fan base looking for more results, especially after being knocked out in the First Four this year by Arizona State. Nonetheless, Mullin sounds at peace with his decision. He continued saying, "I am extremely grateful to the administration, which has supported me and our basketball program on every level".

Cragg is a Washington native who attended Washington but spent the last three decades in several roles at Duke (hence the Hurley connection).

"If Arizona State extends him or gives him more money, I don't see how he leaves to go to St. John's", a source said. This was also St. John's best season under Mullin, posting a 21-13 record. "St. John's basketball progressed well during his tenure, culminating with a trip to the NCAA Tournament this past season". But he had no prior coaching experience when he took the job. He was an National Basketball Association executive, serving as general manager of the Warriors and a special adviser with the Sacramento Kings.

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