Iona Announces Contract Extensions for Tim Cluess and Billi Godsey

Iona Announces Contract Extensions for Tim Cluess and Billi Godsey

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Iona College is pleased to announce contract extensions for both its men’s and women’s basketball head coaches, Tim Cluess and Billi Godsey through the 2021-22 season.

“The Iona community and Gael Nation are proud to have Coach Cluess and Coach Godsey remain the leaders of the Iona basketball programs,” said President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. “We are excited about the bright future ahead for the Gaels following another successful year.”

“Tim and Billi continue to lead our two programs the right way and their success within the MAAC and the New York Metropolitan Area speak for themselves,” said Vice President for Athletics Administration Rick Cole Jr. “Their commitment to Iona athletics’ mission of building champions both on and off the court is remarkable. I’m excited to work with them both as they position Iona College and our student-athletes for success.”

Coach Cluess led the men’s basketball program to a second straight MAAC Championship in early March to earn a fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament in his seven years at the helm. The Gaels have earned a postseason appearance in all seven of his years as the program has put together an overall record of 162-78 (.675).

The Maroon & Gold has appeared in the MAAC championship game in six of the last seven seasons, claiming three titles along with three regular season crowns. Iona has won 20 or more games in eight straight seasons, including seven under coach Cluess. The stretch is both twice as long as Iona’s previous program record and the previous MAAC record for consecutive 20 win seasons.

“I have to thank the Iona College community, especially our alumni, for their support of our program, the coaching staff, myself and my family,” said Cluess. “Additionally, I am grateful for the support shown by President Nyre, Rick Cole Jr. and our entire administration. I am excited to continue to be a part of Gael Nation and look forward to continued success and growth for Iona College and Iona men’s basketball.”

Coach Godsey concluded her fourth season as leader of the women’s basketball program in 2016-17 and has amassed a record of 82-46 (.641). The Maroon & Gold advanced to the MAAC tournament semifinal round this season, a year after claiming the program’s first-ever MAAC Championship and NCAA Tournament berth in 2015-16.

Under Godsey’s tutelage, Iona has finished in the top half of the MAAC standings in every year. In 2013-14, the Gaels earned an 18-2 regular season conference mark to earn MAAC Regular Season Co-Champion honors. The 18 conference wins remains a school record.

“I am thankful to President Nyre, Rick Cole Jr. and the entire Iona College family for the continued opportunity to lead the women’s basketball program,” said Godsey. “After continued program growth this season following a MAAC Championship in 2016, my staff and I are committed to bringing the program to another NCAA Tournament.”

Combined, Cluess and Godsey have recorded 244 victories, four MAAC tournament and four MAAC regular season titles. Individually, the two are currently among the winningest coaches in the New York Metropolitan area.


Record at Iona: Record at Iona:
                162-78 (.675) / seven seasons                 82-46 (.641) / four seasons
Overall NCAA Record: Career Head Coach:
                260-101 (.720) / 11 seasons                 82-46 (.641) / four seasons
Career Head Coach*:  
                547-190 (.742) / 27 seasons  
*- includes record at St. Mary’s Manhasset HS and Suffolk CC  
2016-17 2016-17
MAAC Tournament Champion / NCAA Tournament MAAC Semifinalist
2015-16 2015-16
MAAC Tournament Champion / NCAA Tournament MAAC Tournament Champions / NCAA Tournament
2014-15 2014-15
MAAC Regular Season Champion / NIT Appearance MAAC Quarterfinalist
2013-14 2013-14
MAAC Regular Season Champion / NIT Appearance Co-Regular Season Champions / NIT Appearance
MAAC Tournament Champion / NCAA Tournament  
MAAC Regular Season Champion / NCAA Tournament At-Large  
2010-11 Postseason Tournament (CIT) Finalist  
11 All-MAAC First Team Performers Eight All-MAAC First Team Performers
A.J. English 3x, Mike Glover 2x, Scott Machado 2x, Sean Armand, Lamont Jones, David Laury, Jordan Washington Joy Adams 3x, Damika Martinez 2x, Marina Lizarazu x2, Alexis Lewis
Five All-MAAC Second Team Performers One All-MAAC Second Team Performer
Armand, Jones, Laury, Washington, Schadrac Casimir Aleesha Powell
One All-MAAC Third Team Performer One MAAC All-Rookie Team Performer
Laury Lewis
Two MAAC All-Rookie Team Performers Two MAAC Players of the Year
Casimir, E.J. Crawford Martinez 2x
Three MAAC Players of the Year Two MAAC Sixth Players of the Year
Machado, Jones, Laury Aaliyah Robinson, Lewis
One MAAC Rookie of the Year One New York Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Player of the Year
Casimir Martinez
Two New York Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Players of the Year One MAAC Coach of the Year
Machado, Jones Godsey, 2014
One MAAC Coach of the Year  
Cluess, 2014  


*-14 Schools within 30 Miles of Madison Square Garden


MEN’S STANDINGS (2010-2017)

Team                                                W                L              PCT        Postseason appearances

IONA                                              162             78              .675        7 (4 NCAA, 2 NIT, 1 CIT)

LIU Brooklyn                               129             94              .578        3 (3 NCAA)

Wagner                                         125             92              .576        1 (1 NIT)

Seton Hall                                    128           102              .557        3 (2 NCAA, 1 NIT)

Columbia                                      110             98              .529        2 (2 CIT)

N.J.I.T.                                           110           106              .509        2 (2 CIT)

St. John’s                                      114           115              .498        4 (2 NCAA, 2 NIT)

Manhattan                                  108           118              .478        3 (2 NCAA, 1 CIT)

Hofstra                                          107           123              .465        3 (1 NIT, 2 CBI)

St. Francis (NY)                           102           118              .464        1 (1 NIT)

Saint Peter’s                                  99           125              .442        2 (1 NCAA, 1 CIT)

Rutgers                                            88           137              .391


Fordham                                         74           138              .349        1 (1 CIT)

Fairleigh Dickinson                      62           150              .292        1 (1 NCAA)


 WOMEN’S STANDINGS (2013-2017)

Team                                                W                L              PCT        Postseason appearances
St. John’s                                        91             44              .674        4 (2 NCAA, 2 WNIT)
IONA                                                82             46              .641        2 (1 NCAA, 1 WNIT)
Seton Hall                                       83             48              .634        3 (2 NCAA, 1 WNIT)
Fordham                                         82             49              .626        3 (1 NCAA, 2 WNIT)
Rutgers                                            76             58              .567        2 (1 NCAA, 1 WNIT)
Hofstra                                            72             55              .567        2 (2 WNIT)
St. Francis (NY)                             49             74              .398        1 (1 NCAA)
Columbia                                        39             73              .348
N.J.I.T.                                              35             83              .297
Manhattan                                     35             86              .289
LIU Brooklyn                                  33             86              .277
Fairleigh Dickinson                      32             89              .264
Wagner                                           25             92              .214
Saint Peter’s                                  15           106              .124