Cluess adds Mailhot to Iona MBB staff

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Iona College men’s basketball head coach Tim Cluess announced the appointment of Jeff Mailhot as assistant coach for the program. Mailhot comes to New Rochelle after two seasons as an assistant at New Mexico State University.

“Coach Mailhot will be a great addition to our program,” said Cluess. “His experience at the Division I and JUCO levels and ability to recruit top talent will prove invaluable.”

In his two seasons in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the Aggies posted a 58-11 mark with two Western Athletic Conference regular season titles, two WAC tournament championships and two NCAA Tournament berths. In 2018-19, NM State reeled off a program record 30-5 overall record to go along with a 19-game winning-streak.

Known for his recruiting prowess, Mailhot has been able to recruit, develop and send over 35 players to Division I teams across the country. His most notable recruit was Jae Crowder, who was drafted in the second round (34th pick overall) by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2012 and currently playing for the Memphis Grizzlies.

Prior to New Mexico State, Mailhot spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Odessa College working under current Gael assistant coach Tra Arnold. Arnold and Mailhot guided the Wranglers to a 29-6 record in 2016-17. They claimed the National Junior College Athletic Association Region V Championship for the second-straight year and took second in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference. At season’s end, Mailhot was named the top-ranked junior college assistant by

Prior to his stop at Odessa College, he was an assistant at San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas, for the 2013-14 campaign. Mailhot served as the recruiting coordinator and helped the Coyotes to a first-place finish in league play while laying claim to the south zone championships.

Mailhot spent two seasons at Midland College (2011-13) where he was once again the lead recruiter for the team. The Chaps were ranked No. 3 in the country heading into the 2011-12 season while he was on staff.

Before moving to Midland, Texas, Mailhot was as an assistant coach at Howard College from 2009-11. During his two years, the Hawks compiled an overall record of 58-7 and captured the 2010 NJCAA National Championship with a 33-2 record. Crowder, who was recruited by Mailhot and played for Howard that year, earned NJCAA, NABC and Region V Player of the Year honors while also earning First-Team All-America honors. He also coached another All-American that year in Josh Watkins, who went on to play at the University of Utah after being named the national tournament MVP.

Mailhot earned his stripes as an assistant coach at the prep level, leading his alma mater Hopkins High School to the 2009 high school state championship during his second stop at HHS with an undefeated record of 29-0 and finished the season ranked No. 10 by USA Today. Between his two stints with the Royals, Mailhot was at Robbinsdale Cooper High School for the 2007-08 campaign where he coached a top-100 recruit that went on to play at Minnesota. While coaching at Hopkins High School, Mailhot saw eight players sign with Division I programs across the country.

The Minneapolis, Minnesota, native received his associate’s degree in general education from San Jacinto College in 2002 before earning his bachelor’s degree at Cal Baptist in business administration with cum laude honors.

Story Courtesy: Brian Beyrer / Iona Sr. Associate AD / Athletic Communications

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