Sports Round-Up April 20

Former St. John’s University Basketball Coach Chris Mullin (Photo (C) Jim Mancari)

It seemed like a match made in heaven, but the union between the St. John’s University, Jamaica, men’s basketball team and head coach Chris Mullin has run its course.

Mullin announced April 9 that he resigned from his coaching post after four seasons leading the Red Storm. In those four seasons, he compiled a 59-73 overall record at his college alma mater, including an appearance this past season in the NCAA Tournament. The Johnnies lost the play-in game to Arizona State University, Tempe.

“The past four years at St. John’s University have been one of the most thrilling and challenging points of my career,” Mullin said in a statement. “This has been an extremely emotional decision, but after a recent personal loss, I took time to reflect upon my true values and believe this is the right time to make a change.” Mullin’s older brother, Roddy, died in March at the age of 58 after a years long battle with cancer.

Mullin famously began his basketball career as a Catholic Youth Organization star at St. Thomas Aquinas, Flatlands. From there it was on to Power Memorial H.S., Manhattan, before wrapping up his high school hoops career at Xaverian H.S., Bay Ridge.

He led St. John’s to the 1985 Final Four and remains the program’s leader in points scored. He went on be a five-time NBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist in his 16-year NBA career en route to a selection to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 2011.

“I’ve been honored to coach the young men who are the heart and soul of this program,” he said. “It’s a job I will always cherish. I will always support St. John’s University in keeping our basketball tradition alive.”

The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) of Brooklyn and Queens began its third annual flag football season on March 31. Since the inaugural spring season in 2017, the size of the flag football league has triples.

This year, CYO welcomed the following three new parishes to the flag football league: St. Anselm, Bay Ridge; St. Luke, Whitestone; and Our Lady of Hope, Middle Village.

These parishes join 14 others throughout the diocese to form a league with over 650 participants across 65 teams, as flag football continues its substantial growth.

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