NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Iona College department of athletics will honor the legacy of Richie Guerin '54 during its men's basketball contest vs. Manhattan on Jan. 31 at the Hynes Center. The Gaels will retire Guerin's No. 14, the first ever in school history.
A reception for Guerin in the Burke Lounge of Spellman Hall prior to the game. At halftime, Guerin's No. 14 will be unveiled during the retirement ceremony. A limited amount of seats are still available for the pregame reception. Please contac Matt Glovaski at email@example.com or 914-633-2627 for more information.
Richard Vincent "Richie" Guerin is an Iona College Goal Club, Marine Corps Sports, and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee who starred for the Maroon & Gold from 1951-1954. Guerin rewrote the basketball record books at Iona, scoring 1,375 points - a career average of 19.6 points a game - and graduated as the leading scorer in school history. A two-time All-Metropolitan selection with the Gaels, he scored a then school-record 40 points against John Carroll in 1954. Following his playing days at Iona, Guerin played with the National Basketball Association's New York Knicks from 1956-1963 and was a player-coach of the St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks franchise for nine years.
Guerin grew up in the Bronx and stayed close to home when he enrolled at Iona in 1950. He served in the Marine Corps Reserve from 1947-1954 and attended Iona while a reservist. Upon graduation Guerin was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and served on active duty with the T&T Regt, MCS, Quantico, VA until his discharge as a First Lieutenant in June 1956. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Organized Maine Corps Reserve Medal.
At Iona, Guerin led the team in scoring and field-goal percentage as a junior and senior and free throw percentage as a senior in 1953-54. His 24.7 ppg average as a senior still stands second all-time and was the school record for 52 years. Guerin sank 177 free throws in 21 games played during his final season, which stood as the most all-time at Iona for 28 years and is currently third best in a single season. Guerin was the first Gael to score 40 or more points in a game with an even 40 against John Carroll University on Feb. 18, 1955. His senior season included over four games with 30 or more points. For his career, he currently ranks No. 20 on Iona’s all-time scoring list, fourth all-time in career scoring average, and ninth all-time in free throws made.
In 13 years as a professional player, Guerin accumulated 14,676 points (17.3 per game), 4,278 rebounds (5.1 per game), and 4,211 assists (5.0 per game) over 848 games. In 42 playoff contests he averaged 15.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 5.1 assists. After he retired, Guerin became a Knicks broadcaster and a Wall Street stockbroker.
Guerin was inducted into the Iona College Goal Club Hall of Fame in 1983 as the lone member of the organization’s second-ever class. His induction into the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame came in 2004. He was elected into the 2013 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee on February 15, 2013 and inducted in September.