There is no football program at St. John’s University anymore as the last time the school fielded a football game was in 2002.Basketball program is doing well and is currently going through some revival. To get to see the Red Storm one needs to visit the famous Madison Square Garden which the Red Storm used since 1969.The current arena was opened in 1968 but there were previous locations of Madison Square that history dates back to 1879. There is over 19500 St. John’s Red Storm tickets to be had for game nights as the Square has a great capacity for basketball game.
St. John’s University established football program in 1884 and it existed until 2002. Their teams competed in NCAA Division I-AA and were members of Northeast Conference.
The university managed to win one conference title (while in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) in 1994 and compiled an overall record of 238-192-11.
One of the most notable players to play football at St. John’s was Bob Sheppard who used to play as a left handed quarterback and a first baseman in baseball. After school he played a little semi professional football but what he became known of was being announcer for New York Yankees and New York Giants for over 50 years. He announced over 4500 Yankees game, including 13 World Series championships, six no hitters, three perfect games. He also was a part nine conference championships and three NFL championships.
Basketball was brought to St. John’s University in 1907. The Red Storm are members of Big East Conference, NCAA Division I. The University is represented by mythological spirit of thunder and lightning and the costumed mascot is named Johnny Thunderbird. Colours of the school are red and white.
The Red Storm have rivals in Georgetown Hoyas, Seton Hall Pirates and a five way rivalry with Philadelphia Big 5 schools.
The basketball program was awarded Premo- Porretta Championship for the year 1911. The Red Storm advanced to NCAA Tournament phase 29 times, most recently in 2015 when they didn’t get through the initial round. Their biggest achievement was to be the tournament runner- ups in 1952. They also reached the Final Four stage six years later in 1958.
St. John’s University was three time conference tournament champions and they won 14 conference regular season titles to date with the latest one coming from 1992.
The school produced several NBA players couple of whom, had became Basketball Hall of Famers, including Dick McGuire and Chris Mullin.
McGuire spent most of his career playing for the Knicks where he was selected to NBA All- Stars 7 times, and he also led the league in assists in 1950. After retiring he coached for ten seasons.
Mullin, who coaches St. John’s currently, was drafted by the Warriors and he spent most of his career there. He was five times NBA All- Star, All- NBA First Team once and All- NBA Second team twice. Mullins was also two time gold medallist at the Olympic Games.
While St. John’s University might not be the biggest, most known school with big sporting programs, the university still managed to produce some remarkable basketball players through the years.