Multiple reports surfaced on Friday morning that Jim Baron, the coach at Canisius for the past four seasons, is retiring. The retirement is effectively immediately. Baron went 73-59 at the school and did not reach the NCAA Tournament.
Canisius assistant Pat Clarke will take over the Golden Griffins job on an interim basis, according to ESPN.
Baron has been a head coach dating back to 1987-88, when he began his career at St. Francis of Pennsylvania. He spent four seasons there, then was at St. Bonaventure (his alma mater) from 1992-2001. He coached at Rhode Island from 2001-2012, and then finished his career with Canisius. His record in 28 years of coaching: 425-414. He reached the NCAA Tournament twice but also had 14 seasons of 18 wins or more.
The 62-year-old was a four-time coach of the year in the Atlantic 10. His retirement is believed to be for reasons relating to spending more time with his family. His two sons, Jimmy and Billy, both have professional careers overseas. He coached both of them in college as well.