Monasch resigns as St. John's athletic director

NEW YORK (AP) Chris Monasch has resigned after 10 years as St. John's athletic director.

The school made the announcement Thursday, saying the resignation is effective June 30 and Monasch is leaving his alma mater to ''pursue new leadership opportunities.'''

The move comes about two months after St. John's and men's basketball coach Steve Lavin, a Monasch hire in 2010, agreed to part ways. Lavin compiled an 81-55 record in five seasons with one NCAA Tournament appearance.

Chris Mullin, considered the best player in St. John's history, was hired to replace Lavin on April 1. Mullin led St. John's to the 1985 Final Four, won two Olympic gold medals and is in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.

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