—-St. John’s University and head hoops coach Steve Lavin have “mutually decided to part ways”, the school announced Friday afternoon.
“Coach Lavin returned high expectations to our men’s basketball program and represented St. John’s in a positive way,” said (Athletic Director Chris Monasch.) “We appreciate his commitment to the program and to our student-athletes over the past five years. Our student-athletes represented the University well, especially our five-member senior class who excelled on the court, inside the classroom and within the community.”
St. John’s was bounced for the first round of the NCAA Tournament by San Diego State following to cap a 21-12 season.
Lavin had this to say:
“In life change is inevitable, so I take the long view. I’m grateful for my time teaching at St. John’s University,” said Lavin. “I will take with me the lasting friendships forged during my tenure as Head Coach. I’m proud of our results both on and off the court – in particular our memorable runs to the NCAA tournament in 2011 and 2015. Most importantly, I take pride in our performance in the classroom having graduated our student athletes who will represent the institution in a first class manner.”