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Iona Announces Contract Extension For Tim Cluess

          Release: 03/06/2014
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Iona College is pleased to announce a contract extension for men's basketball head coach Tim Cluess through the 2018-19 season.

"I believe in Tim Cluess and continue to be impressed by all he has been able to achieve with his talented team and staff," said Iona College President Dr. Joseph E. Nyre "We couldn't be more pleased with his tremendous accomplishments on and off the court."

"The success Coach Cluess has had since arriving at Iona has been almost unprecedented," said Director of Athletics Rick Cole Jr. "We're very excited to have him on board for at least another five years. His commitment to the overall success of his student-athletes is what makes Coach Cluess the right man for Iona."

"I'm very proud to be a part of the Iona College Community," said Cluess. "We will continue to work hard to build on our recent success on the court and I'm very appreciative of the support Dr. Nyre and our administration has given us.”

The 12th coach in Iona history, Cluess is currently the program’s fifth winningest coach with 90 total wins. Cluess has guided the Gaels to four straight years with 20 or more wins and is the only coach in program history to accomplish the feat in his first four seasons.

He has also led Iona to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2012 and 2013, earned a MAAC Tournament Championship in 2013 and two MAAC Regular Season Championships in 2012 and 2014. With a program record 17 MAAC wins in 2014, the Gaels will compete in the postseason for the fourth straight season.

The Maroon & Gold enters the 2014 MAAC Championship as the No. 1 seed. The squad is led by five players averaging 10 or more points including All-MAAC First Team performers Sean Armand and A.J. English and All-MAAC Second Team member David Laury. The Gaels take on the winner of No. 8 seed Rider and No. 9 seed Monmouth in the quarterfinal at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA on Saturday (Mar. 8) at noon.

Record at Iona: 90-43 (.677) / fourth season
Overall NCAA Record: 188-66 (.740) / eighth season
Career Head Coach*: 475-153 (.756) / 24th season
*- includes record at St. Mary’s Manhasset HS and Suffolk CC
2014 MAAC Regular Season Champion
2013 MAAC Tournament Champion / NCAA Tournament Appearance
2012 MAAC Regular Season Champion / NCAA Tournament At-Large Berth
2011 Postseason Tournament Finalist
Seven All-MAAC First Team Performers (Mike Glover 2x, Scott Machado 2x, Lamont Jones, Sean Armand, A.J. English)
Three All-MAAC Second Team Performers (Armand, Jones, David Laury)
One All-MAAC Third Team Performer (Laury)
Two MAAC Player of The Years (Machado, Jones)
One NY Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Player of the Year (Machado)

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