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Tim Cluess
Head Coach

• Tim Cluess was named 12th head coach of the Iona College men’s basketball program on April 8, 2010 and returns for his seventh season with the Gaels.

• Came to New Rochelle with an impressive 20-year coaching resume after spending four seasons as head coach at LIU Post in Brookville, NY.

• One thing can be said, he is a winner. After spending 14 years as head coach at St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset, NY, he spent the five years prior to arriving at Iona in the college ranks at Suffolk Community College and LIU Post.

• He amassed a 120-33 record and had unprecedented success at both schools.

• When combining his high school record, Cluess has won more than 75 percent of his games coached.

• Has led the Gaels to 20+ wins in each of his first six seasons in New Rochelle, the only coach in school history to accomplish the feat. The Gaels won 25 games in three of his first six seasons.

• Iona has appeared in six straight postseason tournaments including a Postseason Tournament championship game appearance in 2011, the NCAA First Round in 2012 with the MAAC’s second ever at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, the 2013 NCAA Second Round and the 2014 and 2015 National Invitation Tournaments and back to the NCAA Tournament in 2016.

• The Gaels were crowned MAAC Tournament Champions in 2013 and 2016 and MAAC Regular Season Champions in 2012, 2014 and 15. The Cluess-led program set a school record with 17 conference wins in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

• Cluess was named MAAC Coach of the Year following the 2013-14 campaign.

• Under Cluess, Iona has consistently been among the top scoring teams in the nation. The Gaels finished 13th in 2010-11, first in both 2011-12 and 2012-13, fourth in 2013-14 and fifth in 2014-15.

• In each of his five seasons at Iona, the team’s scoring averages rank in the Top 10 in school history including a school record 83.6 points per game during the 2013-14 season.

Year PPG NCAA Rank Iona Rank
2010-11 79.0 13th 9th
2011-12 82.9 1st 3rd
2013-14 80.4 1st 5th
2013-14 83.6 4th 1st
2014-15 79.5 5th 8th

• In addition to being the 2011-12 and 2012-13 NCAA scoring champions, the Gaels were NCAA statistical champs in total three-point field goals made in 2014-15 (344), three-point field goals per game (10.2/g) in 2013-14 and assists per game (19.3/g) in 2011-12

• Other Top 10 NCAA statistical marks include fourth in assists in 2010-11 (17.4/g), second in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.54:1) and third in field goal percentage (50.8%) in 2011-12, second in free throw percentage (78.1%) in 2012-13 and third in assists (17.5/g), fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.65:1) in 2013-14 and fourth in scoring (79.5/g), fifth in 3FG per game (9.8/g) and seventh in assists (16.4/g) in 2014-15.

Year PPG NCAA Rank Stat
2014-15 3FG made 1st 344
  Scoring 4th 79.5
  3FG per game 5th 9.8
  Assists per game 7th 16.4
2013-14 3FG per game 1st 10.2
  Assists per game 3rd 17.5
  Ast/TO ratio 4th 1.65:1
2012-13 Scoring 1st 80.4
  FT Percentage 2nd .781
2011-12 Scoring 1st 82.9
  Assists per game 1st 19.3
  Ast/TO ratio 2nd 1.54:1
  FG Percentage 3rd .508
2010-11 Assists per game 4th 17.4

• Cluess has mentored three MAAC Players of the Year and two Haggerty Award Winners: Scott Machado (2012), Lamont Jones (2013) and David Laury (2015) earned the MAAC’s top honor while Machado and Jones also were the fifth and sixth players in Iona basketball history to earned the New York Metropolitan Area’s Player of the Year honor.

• Iona has seen seven different student-athletes earn 14 All-MAAC honors including nine on the first team. Jones (2013), Machado (2011, 2012), Laury (2015), Mike Glover (2011, 2012), Sean Armand (2014) and A.J. English (2014, 2015) have all been All-MAAC First Team performers in five season under head coach Tim Cluess. All six Gaels were also All-Met First Team performers.

Year Player All-MAAC All-Met
2010-11 Mike Glover 1st 1st
  Scott Machado 1st 1st
2011-12 Mike Glover 1st 1st
  Scott Machado 1st* 1st*
  Lamont Jones 2nd 3rd
2012-13 Lamont Jones 1st* 1st*
  Sean Armand 2nd 1st
  David Laury 3rd  
2013-14 Sean Armand 1st 1st
  A.J. English 1st 2nd
  David Laury 2nd 3rd
2014-15 A.J. English 1st 1st
  David Laury 1st 1st
  Schadrac Casimir 2nd  
* - Player of the Year

• Iona has reached the semifinal round of the MAAC Championship in each of the last five seasons, a stretch only eclipsed from 1982-1987 in the first six seasons of the league’s existence. The Gaels three straight championship game appearances from 2013-15 is also one shy of the program record from 1982-85.

• Through his first five seasons at Iona, Cluess ranks No. 4 on Iona’s all time wins list behind a a trio of Goal Club Hall of Famers Jim McDermott, Jeff Ruland and Pat Kennedy.

Coach Years W L PCT
Jim McDermott 1948-73 (25 years) 319 253 .558
Jeff Ruland 1998-07 (9 years) 139 135 .507
Pat Kennedy 1980-86 (6 years) 124 60 .674
Tim Cluess 2010-pres (5 years) 118 54 .686
Jim Valvano 1975-80 (5 years) 95 46 .674
Gary Brokaw 1986-91 (5 years) 72 74 .493
Tim Welsh 1995-98 (3 years) 70 22 .761
Br. Arthur Loftus 1941-42, 46 (3 years) 50 18 .735
Jerry Welsh 1991-95 (4 years) 47 63 .427
Kevin Willard 2007-10 (3 years) 45 49 .479
Gene Roberti 1973-75 (2 years) 15 32 .319
Pete Caruso 1947 (1 year) 15 8 .652

• The Gaels have also won more games than any other team in the NY Metropolitan area with Cluess at the helm. Iona’s 118 wins from 2010-2015 were 25 more than LIU Brooklyn, the No. 2 team on the list among the 15 Division I programs located less than 30 miles from the center of NY college basketball Madison Square Garden.

  2010-2015 1995-2015
Team W-L Pct W-L Pct.
Iona College 118-54 .686 372-260 .589
LIU Brooklyn 93-67 .581 277-314 .469
Wagner 86-67 .562 289-299 .491
St. John’s 92-72 .561 333-289 .535
St. Francis (NY) 83-74 .529 282-303 .482
Manhattan 85-78 .521 309-293 .513
N.J.I.T. 79-72 .523 231-318 .421
Columbia 76-72 .514 234-321 .422
Seton Hall 82-81 .503 321-298 .519

• Scott Machado, who was also coached by Cluess during his freshman season at St. Mary’s High School, appeared in six regular season games in the NBA with the Houston Rockets and five postseason games with the Golden State Warriors in 2012-13.

• Machado is one of several Iona Gaels to have played for Cluess to continue their playing careers in the professional ranks including: Sean Armand, Vangelis Bebis, Tre Bowman, Randy Dezouvre, Mike Glover, Jayon James, Ra’Shad James, Lamont Jones, David Laury, Chris Pelcher, Taaj Ridley, and Alejo Rodriguez.

• Prior to Iona, Cluess’ LIU Post Pioneers earned a 23-6 overall record in his last season, earning victories in 19 of their last 21 contests. The squad earned its fourth straight berth in the East Coast Conference championship game. Cluess was named the ECC Co-Coach of the Year for the third straight time.

• In 2008-09, LIU Post had its finest season in history, setting a school record with 30 victories. Standing among the top 10 teams in the nation from January through March in 2009, the Pioneers were ranked as high as No. 2 that year.

• The squad posted an undefeated regular season, winning all 24 games for the first time in school history. LIU Post won its second straight ECC regular season and tournament championship titles and defeated Bentley in overtime in front of thousands on their home court to win the NCAA East Region Championship title and advance to the Elite Eight Tournament in Springfield, Mass.

• For his outstanding efforts, Cluess was named the Basketball Times Division II Co-Coach of the Year as well as Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Division II Coach of the Year for the second straight season.

• The 2007-08 season saw Cluess’ squad post a 26-5 overall record, including an 18-2 clip in the conference. LIU Post claimed its first regular season and conference titles since the 2003-04 season with a 60-57 win to advance to the NCAA Northeast Regional at Bentley College. He was voted the ECC Coach of the Year by his peers, and was named the MWBA Division II Coach of the Year.

• In 2006-07, his first year at the helm, Cluess guided the Pioneers to a 19-11 record and an appearance in the ECC Championship game. He improved the team’s win total by six from the season before he took over the program.

• Cluess was named the eighth head men’s basketball coach in the 50-year history of the Pioneers’ program in April of 2006, after spending the 2005-06 campaign as the head men’s basketball coach at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood, NY. He led a team of eight players to a 22-10 record overall, as well as a Region XV championship and a fourth-place finish in the NJCAA Division III Tournament. The trip to the national tournament was the first in the Longhorns’ history, and Cluess was tabbed the District 5 Coach of the Year.

• Prior to his ascent to the college ranks, Cluess was a standout head coach at St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset, NY from 1991-05, where the Gaels went a remarkable 264-78 (.772) during his tenure.

• St. Mary’s won a record eight consecutive Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA league championships from 1997-98 to 2004-05. In that final season with Cluess as their mentor, the Gaels went 25-1 and finished the season ranked in the Top 20 nationally after holding the No. 1 ranking for eight weeks of the campaign.

• Cluess helped develop more than 50 players who moved on to the collegiate and professional ranks at St. Mary’s including former North Carolina standout and current San Antonio Spur Danny Green.

• He won four state titles and two Federation championships at the Manhasset school. Cluess was a seven-time coach of the year in the high school ranks and earned tournament wins in national tournaments such as the Beach Ball Classic and the Las Vegas Prep Classic.

• Cluess played professional basketball in Europe and Australia after a collegiate career at both St. John’s and Hofstra.

• He attended St. John’s from 1978-81, before completing his coursework at Hofstra from 1982-83.

• Cluess holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Hofstra and currently resides in Floral Park, N.Y. with his wife, Karen, and their two children – Kevin, 18 and T.J., 17.

Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Floral Park, NY
High School: St. Agnes
Alma Mater: Hofstra
Graduating Year: 1983
Experience: 2 Years
Phone: (914) 633-2304

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