Former Golden State Warriors star Chris Mullin is stepping down after four seasons as head coach of St. John’s University. The news had been brewing for a few days, and now has been confirmed.
Breaking: St. John's announced that Chris Mullin has stepped down from his position as head coach after four seasons. pic.twitter.com/ZxAu2cDTiC— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 9, 2019
Mullin released a statement through the school, and cited a “personal loss” as the driving factor in his decision.
The past four years at St. John’s University have been one of the most thrilling and challenging points of my career. Today, I have chosen to ask President Gempesaw and the University to accept my decision to step down from coaching the St. John’s men’s basketball team.
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. I am extremely grateful to the administration, which has supported me and our basketball program on every level. I’ve been amazed by our coaches, trainers, managers and staff who work relentless hours, which enables this team to grow and thrive. I’ve been honored to coach the young men who are the heart and soul of this program. It’s a job I will always cherish.
I am proud of our accomplishments. NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday will be a lifetime memory. I am forever grateful to St. John’s for giving me the opportunity to hear Carnesecca Arena and Madison Square Garden roar again for college basketball and especially for our players.
I will always support St. John’s University in keeping our basketball tradition alive!
St. John’s struggled in Mullin’s years, going 59-73, and just 20-52 in the Big East. However, Mullin was taking over a sinking program, and these things take a long time.
This was just the latest stop in a long basketball career for Mullin, who was a five-time All-Star with the Warriors, and later the team’s executive vice president of basketball operations.