Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported Thursday that St. John’s head basketball coach Chris Mullin has promoted Mitch Richmond to assistant coach. Richmond was originally added to Mullin’s staff prior to last season.
Mullin and Richmond played together in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors from 1988 to 1991. Along with guard Tim Hardaway, the group formed the famous high-scoring “Run TMC” trio under head coach Don Nelson.
The Red Storm endured a brutal 2015-2016 season, finishing just 8-24 overall including a 1-17 record in Big East play. They were bounced in the first-round of the Big East Tournament by Marquette to conclude the forgettable campaign.
Richmond played two years at Kansas State before being selected fifth overall by Golden State in the 1988 NBA Draft. The six-time All-Star would go on to play 14 seasons with the Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers. He won a NBA title with the Lakers in 2002 and won gold with Team U.S.A. in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.
Mullin, who played at St. John’s from 1981 to 85, was hired in March 2015 after the school fired Steve Lavin. Lavin had guided the Red Storm to a 21-12 record the season before, culminating in a loss in the second-round of the NCAA Tournament to San Diego State. Mullin played in the NBA from 1985 until 2001 with the Warriors and Indiana Pacers, and was a five-time NBA All-Star and was named to the All-NBA First Team in 1992.
He also won gold with Team U.S.A. at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona as a member of the original “Dream Team.” He held front office positions with the Warriors and Sacramento Kings after his playing days were over before being hired by his alma mater. Mullin was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.
St. John’s gets its 2016-2017 campaign underway on November 11 against Bethune-Cookman.