Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Chris Mullin is in his third season as head men’s basketball coach at his alma mater.
Thirty years after leading St. John’s to the highest point in program history with an appearance in the 1985 Final Four, the longtime NBA star and front office executive was named the 20th head coach in the University’s storied men’s basketball history on April 1, 2015.
Since inheriting a team in his first year that had lost 96 percent of its scoring from the previous campaign, Mullin has orchestrated one of the nation's most impressive turnarounds in his brief time at the helm of his alma mater. The Johnnies had an six-win improvement in 2016-17, including seven BIG EAST victories in a league that sent seven squads to the NCAA Tournament last season. In addition, Mullin's second-year squad advanced in the BIG EAST Tournament for the first time since the 2010-11 with an opening round victory over Georgetown. Mullin has also mentored some of the top young talent in the conference, as St. John's has had three players receive BIG EAST All-Freshman Team recognition during his tenure in Queens.
With nearly a decade of NBA front office experience, Mullin spent two seasons working for the Sacramento Kings organization as a senior advisor from 2013-15, providing guidance to the owner and general manager regarding player transactions and supervising the organization's college and overseas scouting program. Mullin previously served five years as the Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Golden State Warriors.
One of the great collegiate and NBA players of all time, Mullin was inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011. A two-time gold medalist who ranks seventh all-time on the USA Basketball Olympic scoring list, Mullin was first enshrined in Springfield in 2010 as a member of the 1992 United States Olympic team, also known as the original "Dream Team." He was the ninth individual affiliated with St. John's basketball program to be inducted into the national hall.
The most-decorated player in program history, Mullin is St. John's all-time scoring leader with 2,440 career points, starring at the University from 1981-85 under Hall of Fame Head Coach Lou Carnesecca. Mullin gave New York a four-year period to rival any other, leading St. John's to four-straight NCAA Tournaments. He was a two-time All American who also garnered consensus First Team All-America honors as a senior.
Mullin is the only player in conference history to be named BIG EAST Player of the Year three times (1983-85). He is also just one of three players to win the Haggerty Award three times, an honor bestowed upon the best collegiate player in New York City. A member of the 1984 United States Olympic team, Mullin took home his first gold at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.
In his final season at St. John's, Mullin averaged 19.8 points to lead the program to its second Final Four and its first No. 1 ranking since 1951. Mullin received the John R. Wooden Award at the conclusion of the 1984-85 campaign as the nation's top player. He was also named the Player of the Year by both United Press International and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Mullin not only was the first St. John's player to reach 2,000 points, but he set career records for steals, field goals, and was top five in assists. He still holds St. John's career free-throw percentage and free-throws made records (84.7 pct, 682-of-805), and ranks in the top 10 in program history for 17 different statistical categories.
St. John's conferred Legacy Honors upon Mullin in 2005, permanently enshrining his No. 20 above Carnesecca Arena and at Madison Square Garden during St. John's home games. Mullin was also inducted into the St. John's Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2015.
Selected by the Golden State Warriors with the seventh-overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft, Mullin spent 13 years of his 16-season NBA career with the organization. He became the sixth player in franchise history to have his jersey number retired when his No. 17 was hoisted to the rafters of Golden State's Oracle Arena on March 19, 2012.
Mullin scored 17,911 points over his career playing for the Golden State Warriors (1985-97, 2000-01) and Indiana Pacers (1997-2000). Mullin guided Golden State to five playoff appearances, and is joined by fellow Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain as the only two Warriors to average 25.0 points per game in five-straight seasons (1988-93).
Mullin was a five-time NBA All-Star for the Warriors (1989-93) and garnered All-NBA honors four times, including a selection to the All-NBA First Team in 1992. He averaged 18.2 points per game throughout his career while shooting 50.9 percent from the field and 86.5 percent from the free-throw line. Mullin still holds several Warriors franchise records including games played (807) and steals (1,360), and is fourth on the team's career scoring list.
Following his NBA playing career, Mullin worked in the Warriors' front office from 2002-09 and was named Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations on April 22, 2004. In this role, Mullin oversaw day-to-day operations, including college and international scouting, salary cap management and preparations for the NBA Draft. Mullin served as an NBA analyst for ESPN and ESPN radio for three years before joining the Sacramento Kings' front office on September 5, 2013 as Advisor to the Chairman.
One of New York City's greatest players, Mullin is among the most recognizable figures in the history of Big Apple basketball. The lefty from Brooklyn began his high school career at Power Memorial before starring at Xaverian for his final two years. Mullin led Xaverian on a run to a New York State Championship in 1981 and was named New York State's "Mr. Basketball" and a McDonald's All American that same year.
Born and raised in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn, Mullin and his wife, Liz, who is an alumna of St. John's, have four children, Sean, Christopher, Liam and Kiera.
Chris Mullin: An Abridged History
20th Head Coach in St. John's Basketball history
Twice inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2011- Individual; 2010- Member of the 1992 "Dream Team"
The first head coach in program history to have played under Lou Carnesecca
One of just eight Hall of Famers actively coaching at the NCAA Men's Division I level (Jim Boeheim, John Calipari, Patrick Ewing, Tom Izzo, Mike Krzyzewski, Bill Self and Roy Williams)
The only current Hall of Fame Division I coach to be inducted as a player
NBA CAREER Player: Golden State Warriors (1985-97, 2000-01) Indiana Pacers (1997-2000)
Five-time NBA All-Star (1989-93) and four-time All-NBA selection (1992 First Team, 1989 and 1991 Second Team, 1990 Third Team)
Ranks 72nd on all-time NBA scoring list (17,911) and had a career .509 field goal percentage
Finished in the top-five in the league in points on three occasions (1988-89: 4th; 1990-91: 4th; 1991-92: 3rd)
Ranked in the top-three in three-point field goal percentage three times (1992-93: 2nd; 1997-98: 3rd; 1998-99: 2nd)
Averaged 25-plus points per game for five-consecutive seasons from 1988-1993, one of just two players in Golden State history to accomplishment the feat, joining Wilt Chamberlain
Executive: Golden State Warriors (2002-09) Sacramento Kings (2013-2015)
Guided the Warriors to their first winning season in over a decade as the Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations in 2006-07, the first of two-straight.
Orchestrated a Warriors squad that became only the third eight seed in NBA history to upset a one seed, as Golden State downed Dallas in the First Round of the 2007 NBA Playoffs
One of only 19 American players to have won two gold medals in Olympic competition (1984, 1992)
Ranks in the top 10 all-time in several statistical categories for USA Men's Basketball, including scoring (196-seventh), three-point percentage (.536-sixth), steals (28-sixth) and assists (53-ninth)
CAREER AT ST. JOHN'S
1985 College Basketball Player of the Year (John R. Wooden Award, UPI Award, U.S. Basketball Writer's Award)
Three-time Big East Conference Player of the Year (only player in BIG EAST history)
Two-time Associated Press All-American (1984-85: First Team; 1983-84: Second Team)
Leading scorer in 1985 NCAA Tournament
One of only three players in New York City basketball history to win the Haggerty Award three times
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
1981 McDonald's High School All-American and New York's 'Mr. Basketball'
Won New York State Championship as a senior (Xaverian 1981)
Started his high school career at the legendary Power Memorial