The St. John’s Red Storm will be looking for a new head coach after the majority of the coaching carousel has been resolved for this offseason. Head Coach Chris Mullin has decided to step down from the position and cited “personal loss” when doing so.
Chris Mullin has officially resigned as St. John’s head basketball coach, per release. #SJUBB
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 9, 2019
The move was rumored to happen late last week and became official Tuesday afternoon. The former NBA player was coaching for the Red Storm for just four seasons before he decided to call it quits. He was 59-73 in that time and 20-52 in Big East play. He was also a former player at St. John’s which was a leading factor in him earning the job.
This was the first coaching job by Mullin and it may likely be his last unless he and a smaller mid-major agree to some type of mutual benefit. It is possible that the NBA Hall of Famer decides to return to the broadcast booth next year as well.
The St. John’s Red Storm won more games in each of his four season’s but were still not all that competitive in the Big East. The team reached their first NCAA Tournament under Mullin this year but were knocked out of the First Four by Arizona State.
Head Coach Bobby Hurley of Arizona State is rumored to be the top candidate for the Red Storm, but there is no word yet on his level of interest in the position. The coaching carousel as almost done after UCLA inked Mick Cronin, but fans will need to saddle up for one more ride. The Red Storm need a coach that can bring them back to their old winning ways.