St. John’s University are expected to remove Chris Monasch as the school’s Athletic Director. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports broke the news, stating that an official announcement was expected soon.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 28, 2015
A St. John’s alum, Monasch had been AD since early 2005 and took over when the university’s men’s basketball team was still reeling from a scandal that occurred under former coach Mike Jarvis.
It took some time, but Monasch was able to weather the storm and bring in former UCLA coach Steve Lavin in 2010. Subsequently, the Red Storm made their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2002 and appeared to be back in the national spotlight, but inconsistency marred Lavin’s five-year tenure and he was let go and replaced by former St. John’s star Chris Mullin.
Now, it appears that Monasch is out too and the university, as it did with Mullin and the team’s coaching, wants a fresh face running the athletic department.
And it looks as though St. John’s already has a name on its radar. According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Sacramento Kings GM Pete D’Allesandro is a “significant candidate” for the job.
Sources: Sacramento Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro – who lost authority to Vlade Divac – will be a significant candidate for St. John's AD job.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 28, 2015
D’Allesandro certainly would be an interesting choice as Monasch’s replacement, as he too is a St. John’s alum and worked as a video coordinator under Hall of Fame coach Lou Carnesecca. Moreover, like Mullin, he has NBA experience and could help in attracting top-level talent to the university.
This story is still very much in the early stages, but Campus Sports will update it as more information becomes available.