NEW YORK -- Iona has agreed to buy out the final two years
of men's basketball coach Jeff Ruland's contract.
Ruland, a former NBA All-Star, led the Gaels to three MAAC
titles and three NCAA Tournament berths in his nine-year tenure as
"Jeff Ruland has been a loyal Gael as a student, player, coach
and, more importantly, as a person. He will always have a place in
Iona's rich tradition and history," said Iona College president
James A. Liguori. "After careful thought and consideration, Iona
felt the need to take the men's basketball program in a different
direction and Jeff felt it was time to move on to other
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
He had a 139-135 record, leading the Gaels to the NCAA
Tournament in 2000, 2001 and 2006. However, this season Iona was 2-28.
Ruland played in 332 games in the NBA from 1981 to 1987 with
Washington and Philadelphia, averaging 17.4 points and 10.2
rebounds. He was selected to the All-Star team in 1984 and 1985.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.