Chris Mullin returns to his New York City roots, this time as SJU Coach

Chris Mullin accepted St. John's offer to be their next head coach. He hopes to build on the turnaround created by former head coach Steve Lavin.

Chris Mullin accepted St. John’s offer to be their next head coach. He hopes to build on the turnaround created by former head coach Steve Lavin.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

On Wednesday, April 1, 2015,  less than one week after declining to extend the contract of basketball coach Steve Lavin,  St. John’s University introduced their most respected former player, Chris Mullin, as their next head coach. The Red Storm  improved under former head coach Steve Lavin and the school hopes to take that success even further with the Mullin. The St. John’s alum was hired 30 years to the day he led the school to the final four of the NCAA tournament in 1985.

Retired St John's Coach Lou Carnesecca holds up jersey with Chris Mullin's number as Mullins is introduced as the new basketball coach at his alma mater.

Retired St John’s Coach Lou Carnesecca holds up jersey with Chris Mullin’s number as Mullins is introduced as the new basketball coach at his alma mater.

“It’s great to be home,” said Mullin after he was introduced in his new job. “I still think that St John’s needs to be first and foremost a New York City Team. We need to make our campus proud, our alumni proud and the whole city of New York proud of St. John’s University.” When he was asked about his lack of coaching skills Mullin had a quick response. “My resume as a player is separate from my career in coaching, starting now. I don’t think that one will tarnish the other and hopefully it will promote and improve it and make it better.”

Thrilled former St. John’s Coach Lou Carnesecca, who coached Mullin during St John’s basketball heyday, could not contain his excitement. “There’s a buzz in New York,” he said. “It’s clear, people are happy about it and it’s St. John’s University.”

St. John's  hopes Mullin has the same success as a first time head coach as former teammate Mark Jackson.

St. John’s hopes Mullin has the same success as a first time head coach as former teammate Mark Jackson.

Mullin has been working as an executive in the NBA for the last few seasons, as a general manager and an advisor. A lack of head coaching experience has been highlighted as a potential hurdle for Mullin as he hopes to show that his basketball prowess will translate to the bench. St. John’s is hoping that Mullin will have as much success as a first time coach as fellow alum Mark Jackson did with the Golden State Warriors.

Keeping New York City area talent like Kemba Walker (l) and Lance Stephenson (r) will be top priority  for St. John's new head coach.

Keeping New York City area talent like Kemba Walker (l) and Lance Stephenson (r) will be top priority for St. John’s new head coach.

Perhaps the biggest challenge facing Mullin is on the recruiting trail. Mullin is a Hall of Fame basketball player with deep New York City roots but he is not a high-profile personality. Mullin will have to do a much better job retaining New York City area NBA talent. There may not be as many New York City area players making it to the NBA at this time, but St. John’s needs to be able to land them if the program is to be restored to it highest achievement point of the mid 1980’s, which was the message Mullin delivered at his energetic introductory press conference.–OnPointPress.net

Breaking: St. John’s fires Steve Lavin after a five-year run, eyes Chris Mullin

Steve Lavin is out as head coach of the St. John's Red Storm after 5 seasons.

Steve Lavin is out as head coach of the St. John’s Red Storm after 5 seasons.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

Five seasons after hiring Steve Lavin to turn the team around, St. John’s University fired the head coach and immediately began to seek his replacement from its storied alumni body.

“Coach Lavin returned high expectations to our men’s basketball program and represented St. John’s in a positive way,” St. John’s athletic director Chris Monasch said in a statement Friday. “We appreciate his commitment to the program and to our student-athletes over the past five years.”

Chris Mullin is at the top of St. John's wish list as a replacement for Steve Lavin as head coach.

Chris Mullin is at the top of St. John’s wish list as a replacement for Steve Lavin as head coach.

St. John’s will look to quickly replace Lavin and Chris Mullin is one person that is highly sought after by the university. Mullin, who attended St. John’s between 1981 – 1985 is currently an advisor for the Sacramento Kings. Stay tuned for more information on the future of St. John’s basketball program.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a training/benefits consultant. Follow me @GloverIsGood on Twitter.com. For business inquiries contact 646-309-1938.

NCAA Tournament 2015 features battle of coaches, exciting NBA prospects

The Kentucky Wildcats are the overwhelming favorite to win the men's 2015 NCAA tournament.

The Kentucky Wildcats are the overwhelming favorite to win the men’s 2015 NCAA tournament.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

March Madness has begun in college basketball and the best is yet to come as the men’s NCAA tournament is set to begin on Tuesday. The top seeds for the tournament are Kentucky, Villanova, Duke, and Wisconsin. Despite Kentucky enjoying a perfect season on the way to the tournament, as their coach, John Calipari rightly said on Selection Sunday. “Every team is at a 0-0 entering the NCAA Tournament.”  Here are some head coaching jobs at schools that also deserve recognition this year.

John Thompson III has Georgetown back in the NCAA tournament hoping to advance for the first time in years.

John Thompson III has Georgetown back in the NCAA tournament hoping to advance for the first time in years.

Georgetown: The Hoyas have been flying under the radar all season but they have been a solid team all year. They lost a heart-breaker to Xavier in the semis of the Big East tournament. John Thompson III hopes his team has learned lessons quickly as he prepares them for a matchup against Eastern Washington on Thursday. The team will be further inspired by the improving health of Georgetown icon John Thompson Jr. who recently had surgery for a twisted intestine.

Steve Alford hopes to coach UCLA to an upset victory over SMU.

Steve Alford hopes to coach UCLA to an upset victory over SMU.

UCLA: The Bruins have been the most questioned team selected to the tournament. Meanwhile, quality teams like Temple and Richmond did not receive the invite they were hoping for. UCLA might have benefitted from playing in a historically strong conference and having a good finish to their regular season. Head coach Steve Alford will have to prepare UCLA for the tough test of the SMU Mustangs,coached by Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown.

Manhattan coach Steve Masiello has to create a game plan to help the Jaspers win their next game.

Manhattan coach Steve Masiello has to create a game plan to help the Jaspers win their next game.

Manhattan: The Jaspers have been playing the best basketball this winter in Manhattan with no apologies to the New York Knicks. The Jaspers were in the news before the season due the controversy surrounding the resume of head coach of Steve Masiello during his short-lived departure to South Florida. Now the Jaspers are on their way back to the NCAA tournament with a chance to at victory in the first round in a matchup against Hampton.

Northeastern head coach Bill Coen will need to see the Huskies have another great shooting night in order to keep their season going.

Northeastern head coach Bill Coen will need to see the Huskies have another great shooting night in order to keep their season going.

Northeastern: The Huskies ended a 24- year drought by winning the Colonial Athletic Association tournament to earn their bid into the NCAA tournament. The Huskies are a good 3-point shooting team which can help them win a game or two. Northeastern will make the most of their first appearance at the big dance since 1991. Bill Coen will have a tough challenge to come up with a game plan to slow down Notre Dame on Thursday.

Steve Lavin has a serious challenge on his hands as St. John's heads into their next game at less than full strength.

Steve Lavin has a serious challenge on his hands as St. John’s heads into their next game at less than full strength.

St. John’s: The Red Storm had a strong middle of the season that did not end well in then Big East tournament. Nonetheless, they have a chance to turn things around in the NCAA tournament if they can get fantastic perimeter play. The absence of suspended Center Chris Obekpa will force head coach Steve Lavin to dig deep in talent pool to defeat San Diego State.

Head coach Marvin Menzies will have the Aggies ready to go as the NCAA tournament approaches.

Head coach Marvin Menzies will have the Aggies ready to go as the NCAA tournament approaches.

New Mexico State: The Aggies stand out among most teams due to the size of the players in their rotation, with four being 6’8″ or taller. Their size helps them get to the free throw line often, which occasionally helps them overpower their opponents. Head coach Marvin Menzies hopes that size really does matter as they hope to upset Kansas on Friday.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and training/benefits consultant. Follow me @GloverIsGood on Twitter.com. For business inquiries contact (646)309-1938.