Tim Cluess

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Tim Cluess
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Iona
Record 118–54
Biographical details
Born (1959-03-09) March 9, 1959 (age 56)
Queens, New York
Playing career
1978–1981
1982–1983
St. John's
Hofstra
Position(s) Forward
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1991–2005
2005–2006
2006–2010
2010–present
Saint Mary's HS
Suffolk CC
C.W. Post
Iona
Head coaching record
Overall 238–87
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
(2012, 2014, 2015) MAAC Regular Season Championship
2013 MAAC Tournament Championship
Awards
2012 NCAA Tournament At-Large Bid

Tim Cluess (born March 9, 1959) is an American college basketball coach and the current head men's basketball coach at Iona College, and former coach of Long Island University–C.W. Post. He took over Iona from Kevin Willard on April 8, 2010.[1]

Cluess posted a 120–33 record in five seasons as a head coach at the college level at both C.W. Post and Suffolk County Community College. He led the C.W. Post Pioneers to three straight first place finishes in the East Coast Conference including two tournament titles in 2007–08 and 2008–09. The Pioneers held a perfect 24–0 regular season record in 2008–09 en route to an NCAA Division II Elite Eight Tournament appearance and a 30–1 final record.

Prior to his collegiate experience, Cluess was the head coach of Saint Mary's High School in Manhasset, New York for 14 seasons. Cluess's Gaels won four Class A New York State Catholic High School Athletic Association (NYSCHSAA) championships and two New York State Federation of Secondary Schools Athletic Associations (NYSFSSA) championships. Among his 50+ players at Saint Mary's to earn an athletic scholarship to play collegiate basketball was former University of North Carolina standout and current San Antonio Spurs swingman Danny Green.

In 2004–05, Saint Mary's posted a 25–1 overall record. Notable players on the team were Danny Green (NBA's Spurs), Rashad Green (San Francisco), Tyrone Hanson (Jackson State), Tyson Johnson (Wyoming, now playing professionally overseas), Gilbert Montalvo (C.W. Post) and Aleek Pauline (Norfolk State).

From 1999 to 2001, Tim Cluess' St. Mary's club boasted dominant teams and plenty of notable players, including Joel Suarez (Hofstra University), Ilian "Shoush" Evtimov (NC State University, France Pro League for Proteas EKA AEL), Kenny Grant (Davidson College, Sweden National Team, Sweden Pro League for Nancy), Matt Preston (Columbia University, Dutch Pro League for Omniworld Almere), Dwayne Byfield (Monmouth University, Poland Pro League for Slask Wroclaw) and Mamadou Diakhate (Fairfield University).

Born in Queens, New York, Cluess played professionally in Europe and Australia after a collegiate career at both St. John's (1978–81) and Hofstra (1982–83).

Head coaching record[edit]

NJCAA[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Suffolk Community College (Region XV) (2005–2006)
2005–06 Suffolk C.C. 22–10
Suffolk C.C.: 22–10 (.688)
Total: 22–10 (.688)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

NCAA DII[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
C.W. Post (East Coast Conference) (2006–2010)
2006–07 C.W. Post 19–11 13–7 3rd
2007–08 C.W. Post 26–5 18–2 1st NCAA Division II Regionals
2008–09 C.W. Post 30–1 18–0 1st NCAA Division II Elite Eight
2009–10 C.W. Post 23–6 18–3 T–1st
C.W. Post: 98–23 (.810) 67–12 (.848)
Total: 98–23 (.810)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

NCAA DI[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Iona College (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) (2010–present)
2010–11 Iona 25–12 13–5 2nd CIT Runner–Up
2011–12 Iona 25–8 15–3 1st NCAA First Four
2012–13 Iona 20–14 11–7 4th NCAA Second Round
2013–14 Iona 22–11 17–3 1st NIT First Round
2014–15 Iona 26–9 17–3 1st NIT First Round
Iona College: 118–54 (.686) 73–21 (.777)
Total: 118–54 (.686)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tim Cluess Named 12th Head Coach of Iona Men's Basketball". ICGaels. 2010-04-08. Retrieved 2010-04-08. 

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