Chris Mullin needed to quickly build an experienced, powerful coaching staff at St. John's to help him with recruiting and the adjustment to the college game. Only two weeks following his introductory press conference, the new head coach of the Johnnies is following through with those additions.
Mullin is expected to introduce Kentucky assistant Barry "Slice" Rohrssen, who is a Brooklyn native and a close friend of Mullin's, as a new member of his coaching staff. Rohrseen will be the second assistant to land at the school as ex-Iowa State assistant, Matt Abdelmassih, was the first to be hired.
According to the NY Post, the St. John's higher-ups are strongly behind this addition and they will do anything to move the program forward in a positive direction.
Another source said Rohrssen was offered a six-year deal and negotiations began last week. He reportedly made $375,000 last year and a St. John's higher-up told The Post at Mullin's introductory press conference the school would pony up for Mullin's staff and money wouldn't be a factor.
Rohrssen originally began his career as an assistant at St. Francis (NY) before developing his strong recruiting ties at Pittsburgh from 2001 to 2006. He was also the head coach at Manhattan (52-70 overall record) and soon moved onto Kentucky (assistant coach) in 2014 where he contributed heavily to landing New Jersey's Isaiah Briscoe away from the Johnnies.
With St. John's trying to land the stars of the New York/New Jersey area, Rohrssen is a perfect fit as he has ties to the area and has developed ties and relationships with high school and AAU coaches.
Like high profile recruiter, Abdelmassih, "Slice" could have a huge impact right away.
Rohrseen should be able to help with McDonald's All-American Cheick Diallo of Our Savior New American (L.I.), who Rohrseen was recruiting while at Kentucky. Diallo, a consensus top-10 prospect and potential one-and-done player, has a final five of Kentucky, Kansas, Pittsburgh, St. John's and Iowa State.
This addition is just the start for St. John's. There are still multiple spots on the coaching staff to fill (Mullin's brother Terence could be another candidate) and there is also a lot of recruiting opportunities left as the Johnnies try to build for the future.