Albany, NY, USA; Iona Gaels head coach Tim Cluess reacts to a play against the Monmouth Hawks during the second half in the MAAC Conference Tournament Championship game at the Times Union Center. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

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Cluess Withdraws From St. John's Coaching Search

April 18, 2019 - 9:23 am
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By WFAN.com

Iona head coach Tim Cluess has withdrawn his name from consideration for the head coaching vacancy at St. John's.

Cluess released the following statement on Twitter:

"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. I am however taking my name out of consideration for the St. John's job. When I was unexpectedly contacted by them last week, it opened up a flood of emotions."

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

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After Loyola-Chicago head coach Porter Moser declined to take the job earlier this week, Cluess was considered to be the favorite to replace Chris Mullin.

UMBC has denied rumors that coach Ryan Odom is leaving. Odom has also been linked to the St. John's gig.

Mullin resigned on Apr. 9. He led the Red Storm to a 59–73 record in four seasons.

Cluess has been the head coach at Iona for nine seasons and has reached the NCAA Tournament six times.