The Red Storm of St. John’s University have gone back to the age of big hair for their next head coach. Chris Mullin, former star for the Red Storm men’s basketball program in the 1980’s, will be the university’s new men’s head basketball coach, according to sources.
Mullin has received words of advise from his former coach Lou Carnesecca:
“We talked, and you have to understand this is a big thing for Chris, a major, major step,” Carnesecca said. “He had a good thing going [in Sacramento], where he could come and go as he wants. Now it’s a vocation. This is no longer a job, it’s a vocation.”
Mullin has been one of many former players with no prior experience, both on the collegiate and professional levels, to be hired as head coaches. Jason Kidd and Derek Fisher, both former NBA stars, have started their coaching careers for New York teams, but Mullin has more connections to the St. John’s program than Kidd and Fisher have to their pro-teams. Mullin’s success may be worth the wait. He will need to plan and work hard, but Mullin’s presence may help establish better recruiting for the Johnnies in the New York City area. The shift might rejuvenate a program that has had only limited success since Mullin’s departure as a player during the 1980’s.