St. John's Red Storm men's basketball

The St. John's Red Storm men's basketball team represents the St. John's University in Queens, New York. The team participates in the Big East Conference. As of the end of the 2018-19 season, St. John's has 1,900 total wins, which put them at #6 on the List of teams with the most victories in NCAA Division I men's college basketball. Starting in the 2019-20 season, St. John's will be coached by Mike Anderson.

St. John's Red Storm
2019–20 St. John's Red Storm men's basketball team
UniversitySt. John's University
All-time record1,900–1,030 (.648)
Head coachMike Anderson (1st season)
ConferenceBig East
LocationNew York City, New York
ArenaCarnesecca Arena,
Madison Square Garden
(Capacity: 5,602, 19,812)
NicknameRed Storm, Red Men, Johnnies
ColorsRed and White[1]
NCAA Tournament Runner-up
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1952, 1985
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1951, 1952, 1979, 1985, 1991, 1999
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1951, 1952, 1967, 1969, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1999
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1951, 1952, 1961, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2011, 2015, 2019
Conference Tournament Champions
1983, 1986, 2000
Conference Regular Season Champions
1943, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1992


Early years (1907–1927)

The St. John's men's basketball team played its first game on December 6, 1907, losing to New York University and registering its first win in program history against Adelphi University on January 3, 1908. Just three years later, the 1910–11 St. John's basketball team went on to have an undefeated 14–0 season coached by former track and field Olympian Claude Allen, for which the team was later honored by the Helms Foundation as national champions.

Buck Freeman era (1927–1936)

The Wonder Five

Twenty years later, former St.John's player James "Buck" Freeman was hired as the coach of the basketball team and in his first four years from 1927 to 1931 had a historic 85–8 record. The 1929–30 and 1930–31 teams were known as the "Wonder Five", made up of Matty Begovich, Mac Kinsbrunner, Max Posnack, Allie Schuckman, and Jack "Rip" Gerson, who together helped revolutionize the game of basketball and made St. John's the marquee team in New York City. On January 19, 1931, the Wonder Five team was a part of the first college basketball triple-header at Madison Square Garden in a charity game which saw St. John's beat CCNY by a score 17–9. Freeman finished his coaching career with a record of 177–31 for an .850 winning percentage.

First Joe Lapchick era (1936–1947)

Joe Lapchick, a former player of the Original Celtics, took over as coach at St. John's in 1936 and he continued the success the school had become used to under Buck Freeman. Lapchick coached the St. John's University men's basketball team from 1936 to 1947 and again from 1956 to 1965. His Redmen teams won 4 NIT championships (1943, 1944, 1959, 1965). Lapchick preferred to take his teams to the more prestigious NIT instead of the NCAA Tournament making the NIT semifinals 8 out of a total 12 times, and only one NCAA tournament appearance in his twenty years of coaching the Redmen. Under Lapchick's coaching his teams also won 6 Metropolitan New York Conference regular season titles.

Back-to-back NIT Champions

On its way to its first of back-to-back NIT titles, St. John's would go on to have a record of 21–3 with only two losses occurring during the regular season. One was a 40–46 home loss to rival Niagara and another was a 38–42 loss at Madison Square Garden to Manhattan. The 1942–43 St. John's team were led by senior caption Andrew "Fuzzy" Levane and sophomore All-American center Harry Boykoff. The Redmen's trademark defense and inside scoring presence of Boykoff lead them passed Rice, Fordham, and Toledo to claim what would be the first of six NIT titles. The season did not end after the NIT, in just three days later St. John's would go on to participate in the first Red Cross charity benefit game against NCAA champion Wyoming to determine a true national champion. Wyoming though would go on to win 52–47.

St. John's became the first team to repeat as champions in the seven-year history of the NIT even though World War II and the players' commitment to serve in the armed forces made it a very difficult season. Harry Boykoff would miss the entire 1943–44 and 1944–45 seasons due to being drafted for the war effort, along with the team's star point guard Dick McGuire for half the 1943–44 season and the entire following two years. Despite the losses of their star players, the St. John's team managed to finish the season with an 18–5 record and a second NIT crown by defeating Adolph Rupp's Kentucky Wildcats and Ray Meyer's DePaul Blue Demons. The Redmen were led by play making junior guards Hy Gotkin and Bill Kotsores, the later of which was selected as the 1944 NIT MVP. For the second year in a row the Redmen participated in the Red Cross benefit game where they faced the NCAA champion Utah where they ended up losing 36–44. The 1951 1952 team lost to Kentucky 81 to 40 in December 1951. In the NCAA tournament, St John's beat Kentucky, 64 57. They later finished second in the tournament to Kansas.

St. John's success continued the following year where they produced another 21–3 record, but their chance at a rematch with George Mikan's DePaul squad and a third consecutive NIT title was shattered with an upset loss to Bowling Green in the semifinals. They would go on to beat Rhode Island State for a third-place finish. The next two years Lapchick's Redmen teams made the NIT both times and added two more Metropolitan New York Conference regular season titles before Lapchick left to take the head coaching job of the New York Knickerbockers in just the second year of their existence in the new Basketball Association of America, becoming the highest paid coach of the league at the time.

Frank McGuire era (1947–1952)

Lapchick was succeeded by Frank McGuire, a former player under Buck Freeman, who made the postseason four out of five years as the coach and had an overall record of 102–36 culminating in a second-place finish in the 1952 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Under McGuire, the Redmen reached an overall number one ranking in the AP poll twice, won three Metropolitan New York Conference regular season titles, competed in four NITs and made their first appearance in the NCAA tournament where they made it to the Elite Eight before falling to eventual national champion Kentucky. They would go on though to defeat North Carolina State for a regional third-place finish.

At the end of the season, coach Frank McGuire left St. John's to become the basketball coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. On paper, this was a significant step down from St. John's, as UNC was not reckoned as a national power at the time. However, school officials wanted a big-name coach to counter the rise of rival North Carolina State under Everett Case. McGuire's assistant coach, Al "Dusty" DeStefano, took over the head coaching duties of the St. John's team from 1952 to 1956. DeStefano's teams only made one postseason appearance and it was 58–46 loss to the Seton Hall Pirates in the NIT Finals who were led by All-American center Walter Dukes. The following year featured the Redmen ending up with their first losing season in over thirty years.

Second Joe Lapchick era (1956–1965)

After one month from leaving his position with the New York Knicks, Lapchick resumed his head coaching duties where he originally started and put St. John's back on its winning path. Picking up right where he left off adding two more NIT championships, making the postseason 6 out of 9 times, and having an overall college coaching record of 334–130. In twenty years of coaching in the college ranks, Lapchick only had one losing season.

1959 & 1965 NIT Champions

St. John's finished the 1958–59 season with an overall 20–6 record and captured its first ECAC Holiday Festival title with a 90–79 victory over St. Joseph's in the final and the school's third NIT championship by defeating top-seeded Bradley 76–70 in double overtime. The starting five for the Redmen consisted of four seniors and sophomore sensation Tony Jackson who was named both the Holiday Festival and NIT MVP during the 1958–59 season setting a school record of 27 rebounds in one game. At the end of the season senior captain Alan Seiden was rewarded with second team All-American honors and the Haggerty Award, given to the best collegiate player in the New York metropolitan area. Throughout the next three years, St. John's would go 58–18 led by Jackson who would receive All-American honors all three years at school, 6'11" center and future NBA champion LeRoy Ellis, and future ABA/NBA coaching legend Kevin Loughery. In the 1961–62 season, St. John's would make their fifth NIT finals appearance before falling to Dayton 73–67.\7

Lapchick went into the 1964–65 season knowing it would be his last year coaching at St. John's because he reached the mandatory retirement age of the university. It would become a memorable season for the sixty-five year old coach in which his team began the year off by upsetting Cazzie Russell's Michigan Wolverines, the No. 1 team in the nation according to both the AP and UPI polls, by a score of 75–74 to capture the school's second ECAC Holiday Festival title. St. John's would finish the season 21–8 and go on a remarkable run in the 1965 NIT by defeating Boston College, New Mexico, Army, and top-seeded Villanova to win Lapchick his fourth NIT championship. The Redmen were led by the rebounding of sophomore forward Lloyd "Sonny" Dove and the scoring of senior Ken McIntyre who totaled 101 points in his last four games, over 1,000 points for his entire career, and being named the MVP of both the Holiday Festival and NIT.

Lou Carnesecca era (1965–1992)

Lou Carnesecca was hired as the head basketball coach at St. John's in 1965, after serving as an assistant at St. John's since 1958, given the difficult task to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Joe Lapchick. In the 1985 NCAA Tournament, he coached the Redmen to their second Final Four appearance. He was named the National Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1985 and Big East Coach of the Year on three different occasions. His record at St. John's was 526–200. Coach Carnesecca would win the school's record fifth NIT title in 1989 and as well as making the Elite Eight in 1979 and 1991, and the Sweet Sixteen in 1967, 1969, 1983. Coach Carnesecca would temporary leave St. John's to coach in the ABA from 1970 to 1973, and would leave the team to be coached by assistant and former player Frank Mulzoff who gathered a record of 56–27 and three postseasons before Carnesecca's return and help guide the program to 29 consecutive postseason tournament appearances and transition to playing in a major conference, the Big East.

1983 Big East Champions

1985 NCAA Final Four

1986 Big East Champions

Recent years (1992–present)

2000 Big East Champions

2003 NIT Champions

2010–11 Senior team

2011–12 Fresh Five team

Yearly records

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
1907–08 Rev. J. Chestnut 4–8
1908–09 P. Joseph Kersey 9–6
1909–10 Harry Fisher 15–5
1910–11 Claude Allen 14–0Helms and Premo-Porretta National Champions[2]
1911–12 Joseph O'Shea 15–5
Claude Allen (1912–1914)
1912–13 Claude Allen 12–8
1913–14 Claude Allen 7–11
Claude Allen: 33–19
Joseph O'Shea (1914–1917)
1914–15 Joseph O'Shea 12–4
1915–16 Joseph O'Shea 5–10
1916–17 Joseph O'Shea 11–8
Joseph O'Shea: 43–27
John Crenny (1917–1921)
1917–18 John Crenny 8–8
1918–19 John Crenny 0–7
1919–20 John Crenny 9–14
1920–21 John Crenny 10–9
John Crenny: 27–38
Edward Kelleher (1921–1922)
1921–22 Edward Kelleher 10–11
Edward Kelleher: 10–11
John Crenny (1922–1927)
1922–23 John Crenny 11–10
1923–24 John Crenny 16–15
1924–25 John Crenny 18–6
1925–26 John Crenny 18–7
1926–27 John Crenny 15–10
John Crenny: 105–86
James "Buck" Freeman (1927–1933)
1927–28 James Freeman 18–4
1928–29 James Freeman 23–2
1929–30 James Freeman 23–1
1930–31 James Freeman 21–1
1931–32 James Freeman 22–4
1932–33 James Freeman 23–4
James "Buck" Freeman (Metropolitan New York Conference) (1933–1936)
1933–34 James Freeman 16–33–45th
1934–35 James Freeman 13–8
1935–36 James Freeman 18–44–34th
James Freeman: 177–31
Joseph Lapchick (Metropolitan New York Conference) (1936–1947)
1936–37 Joseph Lapchick 12–71–47th
1937–38 Joseph Lapchick 15–44–2T-4th
1938–39 Joseph Lapchick 18–417–22ndNIT Semifinals
1939–40 Joseph Lapchick 15–5NIT Quarterfinals
1940–41 Joseph Lapchick 11–6
1941–42 Joseph Lapchick 16–5
1942–43 Joseph Lapchick 21–36–11stNIT Champions
1943–44 Joseph Lapchick 18–5NIT Champions
1944–45 Joseph Lapchick 21–3NIT Semifinals
1945–46 Joseph Lapchick 17–65–1T-1stNIT Quarterfinals
1946–47 Joseph Lapchick 16–76–01stNIT Quarterfinals
Joseph Lapchick: 180–55
Frank McGuire (Metropolitan New York Conference) (1947–1952)
1947–48 Frank McGuire 12–113–3T-4th
1948–49 Frank McGuire 15–95–1T-1stNIT First Round
1949–50 Frank McGuire 24–53–3T-3rdNIT Semifinals
1950–51 Frank McGuire 26–56–01stNIT Semifinals, NCAA Regional Finals
1951–52 Frank McGuire 25–66–01stNIT Quarterfinals, NCAA National Finals
Frank McGuire: 102–36
Al "Dusty" DeStefano (Metropolitan New York Conference) (1952–1956)
1952–53 Al DeStefano 17–65–12ndNIT Finals
1953–54 Al DeStefano 9–112–35th
1954–55 Al DeStefano 11–95–12nd
1955–56 Al DeStefano 12–123–3T-3rd
Al DeStefano: 49–39
Joseph Lapchick (Metropolitan New York Conference) (1956–1963)
1956–57 Joseph Lapchick 14–94–22nd
1957–58 Joseph Lapchick 18–86–01stNIT Semifinals
1958–59 Joseph Lapchick 20–64–23rdNIT Champions
1959–60 Joseph Lapchick 17–85–12ndNIT Quarterfinals
1960–61 Joseph Lapchick 20–54–01stNCAA First Round
1961–62 Joseph Lapchick 21–55–01stNIT Finals
1962–63 Joseph Lapchick 9–152–24th
Joseph Lapchick (Independent) (1963–1965)
1963–64 Joseph Lapchick 14–11
1964–65 Joseph Lapchick 21–8NIT Champions
Joseph Lapchick: 334–130
Lou Carnesecca (Independent) (1965–1970)
1965–66 Lou Carnesecca 18–8NIT First Round
1966–67 Lou Carnesecca 23–5NCAA Regional Semifinals
1967–68 Lou Carnesecca 19–8NCAA First Round
1968–69 Lou Carnesecca 23–6NCAA Regional Semifinals
1969–70 Lou Carnesecca 21–8NIT Finals
Lou Carnesecca: 160–62
Frank Mulzoff (Independent) (1970–1973)
1970–71 Frank Mulzoff 18–9NIT First Round
1971–72 Frank Mulzoff 19–11NIT Semifinals
1972–73 Frank Mulzoff 19–7NCAA First Round
Frank Mulzoff: 56–27
Lou Carnesecca (Independent) (1973–1979)
1973–74 Lou Carnesecca 20–7NIT First Round
1974–75 Lou Carnesecca 21–10ECAC Metro Finals, NIT Semifinals
1975–76 Lou Carnesecca 23–6ECAC Metro Finals, NCAA First Round
1976–77 Lou Carnesecca 22–9ECAC Metro Finals, NCAA First Round
1977–78 Lou Carnesecca 21–7ECAC Metro Finals, NCAA First Round
1978–79 Lou Carnesecca 21–11ECAC Metro Finals, NCAA Regional Final
Lou Carnesecca (Big East Conference) (1979–1992)
1979–80 Lou Carnesecca 24–55–1T-1stNCAA Second Round
1980–81 Lou Carnesecca 17–118–63rdNIT First Round
1981–82 Lou Carnesecca 21–99–53rdNCAA Second Round
1982–83 Lou Carnesecca 28–512–4T-1stNCAA Regional Semifinals
1983–84 Lou Carnesecca 18–128–85thNCAA First Round
1984–85 Lou Carnesecca 31–415–11stNCAA National Semifinals
1985–86 Lou Carnesecca 31–514–2T-1stNCAA Second Round
1986–87 Lou Carnesecca 21–910–6T-4thNCAA Second Round
1987–88 Lou Carnesecca 17–128–8T-5thNCAA First Round
1988–89 Lou Carnesecca 20–136–108thNIT Champions
1989–90 Lou Carnesecca 24–1010–64thNCAA Second Round
1990–91 Lou Carnesecca 23–910–62ndNCAA Regional Finals
1991–92 Lou Carnesecca 19–1112–6T-1stNCAA First Round
Lou Carnesecca: 526–200294–115
Brian Mahoney (Big East Conference) (1992–1996)
1992–93 Brian Mahoney 19–1112–62ndNCAA Second Round
1993–94 Brian Mahoney 12–175–139th
1994–95 Brian Mahoney 14–147–118thNIT First Round
1995–96 Brian Mahoney 11–165–135th (BE6)
Brian Mahoney: 56–5829–43
Fran Fraschilla (Big East Conference) (1996–1998)
1996–97 Fran Fraschilla 13–148–105th (BE6)
1997–98 Fran Fraschilla 22–1013–52nd (BE6)NCAA First Round
Fran Fraschilla: 35–2421–15
Mike Jarvis (Big East Conference) (1998–2004)
1998–99 Mike Jarvis 28–914–43rdNCAA Regional Final
1999-00 Mike Jarvis 25–812–43rdNCAA Second Round
2000–01 Mike Jarvis 14–15**8–83rd (East)
2001–02 Mike Jarvis 20–12**9–73rd (East)NCAA First Round**[3]
2002–03 Mike Jarvis 21–13**7–95th (East)NIT Champions**[3]
2003–04 Mike Jarvis*
Kevin Clark
Mike Jarvis: 114–78%51–47
Norm Roberts (Big East Conference) (2004–2010)
2004–05 Norm Roberts 9–183–1312th
2005–06 Norm Roberts 12–155–1115th
2006–07 Norm Roberts 16–157–911th
2007–08 Norm Roberts 11–195–1314th
2008–09 Norm Roberts 16–186–1213thCBI First Round
2009–10 Norm Roberts 17–166–1213thNIT First Round
Norm Roberts: 81–10132–70
Steve Lavin (Big East Conference) (2010–2015)
2010–11 Steve Lavin 21–1212–6T-3rdNCAA Second Round
2011–12 Steve Lavin
Mike Dunlap
2012–13 Steve Lavin 17–168–1010thNIT Second Round
2013–14 Steve Lavin 20–1310–8T-3rdNIT First Round
2014–15 Steve Lavin 21–1210–85thNCAA Second Round
Steve Lavin: 92–7246–44
Chris Mullin (Big East Conference) (2015–2019)
2015–16 Chris Mullin 8–241–1710th
2016–17 Chris Mullin 14–197–118th
2017–18 Chris Mullin 16–174–14T-9th
2018–19 Chris Mullin 21–138–107thNCAA First Four
Chris Mullin: 59–7320–52

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

*Jarvis was fired on December 19, 2003; assistant Kevin Clark finished the season.
** St. John's vacated 47 games (46 wins and one loss) from 2000 to 2004 after Abe Keita was ruled ineligible. Official records are 5–15 for 2000–01, 7–11 for 2001–02, 1–13 for 2002–03 and 0–4 for 2003–04.[4]
% Official record at St. John's is 68–77 (53–32 Big East) not counting vacated games.[4]


Coaching history

* Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Overall Conference
Coach Years Record Winning % Record Winning %
J. Chestnut1907–084–8.333
P. Joseph Kersey1908–099–6.600
Harry A. Fisher1909–1015–5.750
Claude Allen1910–11, 1912–1433–19.635
Joseph O'Shea1911–12, 1914–1743–27.614
John Crenny1918–21, 1922–27105–86.550
Ed Kelleher1921–2210–11.476
James Freeman1927–36177–31.851
Joe Lapchick1936–47, 1956–65334–130.720
Frank McGuire1947–52102–36.739
Al DeStefano1952–5649–39.563
Lou Carnesecca1965–70, 1973–92526–200.725139–80.635
Frank Mulzoff1970–7356–27.675
Brian Mahoney1992–9656–58.49129–43.403
Fran Fraschilla1996–9835–24.59321–15.583
Mike Jarvis1998–200366–60.52457–36.613
Kevin Clark2003–042–17.1051–15.064
Norm Roberts2004–1081–101.44532–70.313
Steve Lavin2010–201581–53.60440–30.571
Mike Dunlap2011–201211–17.3926–12.400
Chris Mullin2015–201938–60.38712–42.222
Mike Anderson2019–0–0.0000–0.000

St. John's Rivalries

St. John's program records

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