Friday, May 20, 2016

Canisius head coach Jim Baron announces retirement

Jim Baron announced retirement Friday after four years at Canisius and 29 years as a head coach. (Photo courtesy of Vincent Simone via Big Apple Buckets)

Canisius College will have a new head coach for the first time since 2012, as Jim Baron announced his retirement Friday morning, following four seasons at the helm of the Golden Griffins.

The news was first reported by Shawn Stepner of WKBW-TV in Buffalo, and soon confirmed by a Canisius official. A press conference will be held at 1:30 p.m. this afternoon to formally announce Baron's departure.

The 62-year-old Baron replaced Tom Parrotta in 2012, and went 73-61 in his tenure, guiding the Griffs to three consecutive postseason appearances before finishing 14-19 last season. Associate head coach Pat Clarke will serve as interim head coach until a permanent successor is named.

Baron compiled an overall record of 462-430, also coaching at Saint Francis University, St. Bonaventure and Rhode Island before arriving at Canisius. During his stint with the Griffs, his youngest son, Billy, developed into an all-conference point guard and was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year in the 2013-14 season.

The sudden retirement comes after Baron, who had signed a contract extension immediately following the MAAC tournament and Canisius' loss to eventual conference champion Iona, returned from a trip to Europe to watch his sons compete in Belgium. The coach cited a desire to spend more time with his family. Both Jimmy and Billy Baron play for the same team overseas.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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