SPRINGFIELD, MA – Iona College men's basketball head coach Tim Cluess was named The Rock MAAC Coach of the Year, chosen in a vote of the league's head coaches.
In his fourth season at Iona, Cluess guided the Gaels to the MAAC Regular Season Championship for the second time in three seasons. The Maroon & Gold posted a 17-3 league mark this year setting a new school standard for victories. Iona posted a 20-9 record overall, the fourth consecutive year Cluess has led the Gaels to 20 or more victories.
In his four seasons at Iona, Cluess has posted a 90-42 (.682) record overall, including 56-18 (.757) in MAAC regular season play. In his first four years, he has led the Gaels to a MAAC Tournament Championship, two regular season MAAC titles, two NCAA Tournament appearances, a CollegeInsiders.com Post Season Tournament (CIT) final appearance, and back-to-back 25-win seasons.
Under Cluess’ tutelage, two Iona student-athletes were chosen as MAAC Players of the Year, Lamont Jones in 2013 and Scott Machado in 2012. The two were also selected as the Haggerty Award winners, given annually to the top collegiate player in the New York Metropolitan area. Additionally, Cluess has mentored seven All-MAAC first team performers in his four seasons.
Iona closed the 2013-14 regular season by winning 12 of its final 13 games to claim the MAAC title. The Gaels enter the 2014 MAAC Championship as the top-seed. Iona was among the national leaders in a number of statistical categories, including first in three-point field goals made (10.4 per game), fourth in assists (17.5 apg), fourth in scoring (84.0 ppg), and fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.63). The squad also set program records for three-point field goals (303) and lowest turnovers per game (10.8) in addition to points per game and assist-to-turnover rate.
Last year, Cluess’ third season at Iona, the Gaels won the MAAC Championship and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The fourth seeded Gaels finished 11-7 in the regular season and swept through the tournament, knocking off top-seeded Niagara in the semifinals and Manhattan in the championship game.
In 2011-12, Cluess led the Gaels to a second consecutive 25-win season and the program’s first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The high-scoring Gaels led the NCAA in points per game (82.9) and assists per game (19.3). Additionally, Machado was nation’s leader in assists with 9.3 per game.
In his first season at Iona, Cluess guided the Gaels to a 25-12 record and appearances in both the MAAC championship game and the CIT title game.
Prior to coming to Iona, Cluess was head coach at St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset, NY for 14 seasons (1991-2005), where he compiled a 265-78 record. He then served one season (2005-06) as head coach at Suffolk Community College, guiding the Sharks to a 22-10 record, followed by four seasons (2006-10) at C.W. Post. He led the Pioneers to a 98-23 (.810) mark and two appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Cluess attended St. John’s from 1978-81 before completing his coursework at Hofstra from 1982-83. He played professionally in both Australia and Europe following his undergraduate career.