I read about this when I stopped for lunch after a court appearance today. As I sat in the restaurant I could feel the tears welling up in my eyes. I was (as I am sure all Iona fans were) that TC would be back at the helm next season. I feel as though I lost a family member. I always thought that TC was the epitome of class. He still is. We were all very proud that this man led our beloved Gaels.
I enjoyed speaking with him when I used to attend Iona games at Loyola when the Hounds were still in the MAAC. I remember telling him one day that I was somewhat superstitious and that we lost a game after I sent him a "good luck" email. I said that I would not do it again. He thanked me and said, "Yeah, don't do that anymore!".
I do not know what his physical problem is, but I am certain that he will face it with the tenacity he showed as a Head Coach. He was a winner at Iona (and everywhere he coached)and I am betting that he will win his health battle, also. We were blessed to have had him as our Head Coach for the past 10 years. I wish him a long, happy, and healthy life with his family and I send my sincere thanks to him for all he has done for Iona College.
Iona admins, at opening day next year at Hynes, the team should be stepping out onto Cluess Court. No ifs, ands or buts.
Post by albanygael on Mar 13, 2020 16:30:00 GMT -5
I’m heartbroken over this as I’m sure so many others are too. A great man and a great coach. The greatest coach in the history of the MAAC. Naming the court for him is an absolute necessity. No one ever represented the Gaels with greater class and grace.
I always knew this day would arrive, but somehow seeing the news today caught me off guard and left me a little startled. Like many as the season wore on I thought he would return before next year. I know his decision to step down had to be so very hard as he was so vested in the program, players and coaches. To me the decision was an unselfish act as he understood the uncertainty was unfair to the players and coaches. They needed and deserved knowing what the future held sooner rather than later. A class act. It will be unfair to expect the College will find a new head coach who can replicate what Tim Cluess achieved. In my opinion it will not replicated and we need to appreciate how wonderful his ten years were and how it was done. The thoughtful comments from his former players are a true testament to the man and his wonderful legacy.
To Tim Cluess, Bravo! Thank you for your time and efforts at Iona, they will not be forgotten. Best wishes as you continue your battle. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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