Cluess' brothers also played at St. John's and he said the emotional pull of potentially "reestablishing the connection" to Greg, who died of lymphoma in 1976 at 26, and Kevin, who died of leukemia in 1986 at 33, made it hard to walk away from the opportunity. The Cluesses were the Kennedys of Long Island basketball, and yet the youngest child, Tim, doesn't carry himself as any son of Irish-Catholic royalty at Iona, maybe the one school in the area with a team strong enough to win an NCAA Tournament game or two in March. Tim Cluess was 51. He'd been diagnosed with lymphoma a couple of weeks after his daughter Kerri was born, and the radiation and chemo couldn't beat back the tumors for good. ", Carnesecca called him a "fanatic," someone who adored the game. Sophomore guards Bryan Trimble Jr. and LJ Figueroa have entered their names into the transfer portal. "I looked at Timmy and Hank when we were doing the blood test for a match," she said, "and I was like, 'Why are you guys even here?

“Every day I coach,” he told me once, “is a gift.”.

Greg's wife, Linda, visited his grave one afternoon a few years ago, asked for a sign of better days to come, and suddenly found his jersey number, 44, in the corner of her cell phone screen. I look forward to continuing to grow the Iona program to higher levels.". Moreover, top recruit Cam Mack, a highly touted junior college transfer, has asked for his release from his commitment to St. John's, and four-star junior Nate Tabor decommitted in the wake of Mullin's departure. At the start of the season, he took ill, and his situation was described often as “serious, not life threatening.” Friday, he made official what everyone sadly knew was imminent, stepping down from the head coaching job. Back in the day, that only upped Cluess’ standing among us neighborhood kids. CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. We know how hard it is to win a league like this.”. Hank, the oldest, had a melanoma cut out of his back.

Four years ago, after capping another terrific run to the MAAC title, Cluess told me: “We bring players here who want to have the opportunity to play in games like that one, and who are willing to pay the price to make that happen. At 52, Cluess is a scarred survivor out of one of the great sports families of New York, the West Hempstead family of Henry and Patricia Cluess that delivered four sons to St. John's on basketball scholarships, four who would play professionally, and one daughter athletic enough to read a how-to book on racquetball before winning national and world titles in the sport within a few years. The other half rests inside Kevin's suit in his casket. Suddenly Iona needed a replacement for the Seton Hall-bound Kevin Willard, son of Ralph Willard, the man who had hired Tim at St. Dominic's way back when, and there was Tim talking himself into becoming an honest-to-God Division I coach. In modern basketball, 51 looks like a typo for a first-year coach. We knew for years, of course. Tim remained a fearless player in practice, one who wouldn't back down from an elbow or a potential confrontation with a bigger or better teammate any more than he'd back down from his older brothers in the driveway.

Done playing basketball, Tim Cluess threw himself into his work as a police officer; he'd followed Hank into the force. Moog and Korg make synth apps free to help musicians stuck at home, Biden says he will pick woman to be his vice president, Joe Biden confuses Philadelphia Eagles logo with his college emblem, How Trump approval ratings now compare to past presidents up for reelection, Expensify CEO urges millions of users to vote for Biden in email blast, Bloomberg: MacBook Pro, Air laptops will get Apple Silicon CPUs first, Samsung unveils the next chip for mid-range Galaxy phones on November 12th, Intel’s 11th-gen Rocket Lake desktop CPUs will max out at 8 cores, The first Alexa-connected toy kitchen goes on sale for $300. Patricia took in her sister Anne in West Hempstead and sometimes another family member or two.