Tim Cluess

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Tim Cluess
Tim Cluess, Iona College Men's Basketball.jpg
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Iona
Conference MAAC
Record 162–78 (.675)
Biographical details
Born (1959-03-09) March 9, 1959 (age 58)
Queens, New York
Playing career
1979–1981 St. John's
1982–1983 Hofstra
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1991–2005 Saint Mary's HS
2005–2006 Suffolk CC
2006–2010 LIU Post
2010–present Iona
Head coaching record
Overall 260–101 (.720)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
3x ECC regular season championships (2008, 2009, 2010)
2x ECC Tournament championships (2008, 2009)
MAAC regular season championships (2012, 2014, 2015)
MAAC Tournament championships (2013, 2016, 2017)
Awards
MAAC Coach of the Year (2014)

Timothy Michael "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 the position 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 college basketball at St. John's (1979–81)[2] and Hofstra (1982–83)[3] before embarking on professional stints in in Europe and Australia.

Head coaching record[edit]

Junior college[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Suffolk Sharks (Region XV) (2005–2006)
2005–06 Suffolk 22–10
Suffolk: 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

College[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
LIU Post Pioneers (East Coast Conference) (2006–2010)
2006–07 LIU Post 19–11 13–7 3rd
2007–08 LIU Post 26–5 18–2 1st NCAA D-II Regionals
2008–09 LIU Post 30–1 18–0 1st NCAA D-II Elite Eight
2009–10 LIU Post 23–6 18–3 T–1st
LIU Post: 98–23 (.810) 67–12 (.848)
Iona Gaels (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
2015–16 Iona 22–11 16–4 2nd NCAA First Round
2016–17 Iona 22–13 12–8 T–3rd NCAA First Round
Iona College: 162–78 (.675) 101–33 (.754)
Total: 260–101 (.720)

      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

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