Finally, St. John's finishes the coaching staff with a young rising star and someone who can beat Chris Mullin in a shooting contest... maybe.
The Red Storm announced two hires to the staff. First is naming Greg St. Jean as Assistant Men's Basketball coach. St. Jean comes with a strong reputation in player development and statistical analysis. A graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 2013, he has worked with the Kings from 2013-2015 in scouting, film work, and on-court training/ instruction.
"Greg is a star in the making," said Mullin. "He has developed a unique combination of on-court skill development and conditioning experience, and infuses positive energy into everything he does. Greg wakes up each morning thinking about how he can make St. John's better, make each individual better, and help our coaching staff."
Greg's father Garry St. Jean was the General Manager of the Golden State Warriors, and coached both the Warriors and the Sacramento Kings in the 1990s and early 2000s.
St. John's also announced the long-rumored hiring of Mitch Richmond as Special Assistant on the Red Storm staff, assisting with team activities, planning strategy, analyzing film, planning practice and being an ambassador to the University.
Richmond is an NBA Hall of Famer who played 14 seasons, played in two Olympic Games, made six All-Star games, and won an NBA championship in his last year on the LA Lakers' bench.
Richmond, part of the "Run TMC" Golden State Warriors squad with Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway, has not coached on the college level, but worked six years in the Golden State Warriors' organization, including three as Director of Player Personnel; he also spent two years as a Special Assistant to the General Manager with the Sacramento Kings, overlapping with Mullin. He also founded the anti-bullying organization Rock Life with his wife.
"Throughout my life, I have had the opportunity to learn from great coaches who were mentors on and off the court," Richmond said. "I look forward to passing along this knowledge and putting in the work to help elevate this program. Mully and I were always coaches on the floor, so I am thrilled to join him for this new venture."
What effect will Richmond and St. Jean have on this year's team? Hard to say, but Mullin has surrounded himself with familiar faces to help with the transition from front-office work to college coaching, with Associate Head Coach Barry Rohrssen an old friend from his high school days as well. The staff also includes Matt Abdelmassih, the first coach hired and a St. John's alum.