The Chris Mullin era at St. John's is officially over.
After days of speculation, the school officially announced Tuesday that Mullin had stepped down after leading the program for four seasons.
Mullin, 55, was 59-73 during his tenure with the Red Storm.
"The past four years at St. John's University have been one of the most thrilling and challenging points of my career," Mullin said in a statement. "Today, I have chosen to ask President [Conrado] Gempesaw and the University to accept my decision to step down from coaching the St. John's men's basketball team."
Mullin's brother, Rod, died afte a battle with cancer in March prior to the Big East Tournament. Mullin attributed part of his decision to his brother's death.
"This has been an extremely emotional decision, but after a recent personal loss, I took time to reflect upon my true values and believe this is the right time to make a change," he said. "I am extremely grateful to the administration, which has supported me and our basketball program on every level. I've been amazed by our coaches, trainers, managers and staff who work relentless hours, which enables this team to grow and thrive. I've been honored to coach the young men who are the heart and soul of this program. It's a job I will always cherish."
St. John's earned a tournament berth this season but was one of the last four teams in and fell in their First Four matchup against Arizona State. Ironically, Sun Devils head coach Bobby Hurley is one of the favorites to replace Mullin.
Mullin starred at St. John's from 1981-85 and led the team to Final Four his senior season before moving on to a successful NBA career.
"Coach Mullin restored excitement to our men's basketball program and represented St. John's in a positive way," said St. John's Director of Athletics Mike Cragg, who took over his current role in October. "Since I arrived at St. John's in October, I have had the opportunity to celebrate many student-athlete accomplishments and experience our return to the NCAA Tournament. We thank Coach Mullin and his staff for their commitment to running a program that we can all be proud of.
"Our search for the 21st head coach in the storied history of our basketball program is underway. We are committed to building a championship level program, so we will aggressively search for an experienced coach capable of running a high-level Division I team in New York City, someone who is ready to build upon the recent successes of our program with integrity by recruiting young men of high character."
Former Knicks coach Rick Pitino has expressed interest in the job as well, but with an interesting caveat.