Gaels Basketball Recruit Shot in Chicago


NEW ROCHELLE– One of Iona College Basketball’s announced recruits was killed outside his Chicago home, the College reports. Michael Haynes, a 6′ 7″ forward who signed with the Gaels’ men’s basketball program for the 2012-13 season, was shot and killed on Thursday evening. He was 22 years old. He was already taking summer courses on the New Rochelle campus. An Iona spokeman says, “Haynes was shot dead while trying to break up a fight over a stolen necklace near his home.  Police said he was shot in the wrist, chest and lower back about 5:10 pm in the 11600 block of South Vincennes Avenue.

Iona College Goes to NCAA

How did this happen? According to the Daily News, “Iona felt its chances for an NCAA Tournament bid were so remote that coaches and players dined at separate restaurants to watch the NCAA Selection Show Sunday evening. Now the Gaels (25-7), only the second at-large team ever picked from the MAAC in the conference’s 31-year history, are getting set to take on BYU (25-8) in an NCAA first-round game in Dayton Tuesday night, with the winner getting No. 3 Marquette in Louisville Thursday night in the round of 64.” More at


New President for Iona

Dr. Joseph E. Nyre will be appointed as Iona College’s new school president replacing Brother James A. Liguori,

according to  James P. Hynes, Chair of the Board of Legal Trustees. Nyre was unanimously appointed by the  Board of  after examination of over 60 candidates. Iona is a school looking to reach national prominence. Nyre will take over the presidency in  June after Liguori retires on May 31. Nyre will be the school’s first lay (non clergy)  president.

Little Hoopsters Play at Iona

Iona Division 1 Women’s Basketball fell to rival Fairfield in an exciting home game Friday night 67-63, but most of the fans were there for the half-time show. 

3rd Graders. The Larchmont Mamaroneck Basketball Association and other area girls basketball clinics, including Holy Family in New Rochelle, played a scrimmage  at half -time.  Quite the contrast to the college players, some towering at 6 feet. Iona grad Jen Ritz, the girls clinic director at LMBA, helped organize the event as part of National Girl and Women in Sport Day. The girls made “Go Iona” posters for the game and caught T-shirts in the stands thrown by the Iona dance team. “We wanted to show the girls, because they spend time in the clinic on the half court at Hommocks, the size of a real court,” said League Director Jo Rein, a mother of four who played basketball for Princeton.