New St. John's men's basketball coach Chris Mullin's named veteran Division I coach Barry "Slice" Rohrssen his associate head coach. Rohrssen spent last season as an assistant coach at Kentucky.
"Barry is a great addition to our staff," Mullin said. "His experience in all facets of college basketball is going to be important for our program. He was a head coach and has participated in every role in the development of programs, so his guidance will be vital to our success."
Rohrssen said Mullin is a lifelong friend.
"I have always admired Chris' work ethic, character and basketball instincts, and feel all these qualities he had as a player will serve him well as a coach," Rohrssen said. "This opportunity is a blessing. It is with both pride and pleasure to be back home in the great city of New York."
Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv reported that Rohrssen will make $450,000 a year for five years. Rohrssen's base salary at UK was reported to be $375,000 plus bonuses.
UK Coach John Calipari posted on Twitter that the offer was one Rohrssen couldn't pass up.
"I couldn't be happier for my friend of 30 years," Calipari said. "He's not only a great person, he's a terrific coach and recruiter, and one of my most loyal friends. I wish Slice and (fiancée) Kerry (Parker) nothing but the best in their new opportunity."
Mullin also hired Iowa State assistant Matt Abdelmassih to his coaching staff.
"It is going to be really important to have a strong staff around me," Mullin said April 1 when he was introduced as the program's 20th head coach. "I always relied on my teammates as a player, and that is how I am going to coach. I am going to rely on my staff, and that staff is going to be hard working."
Rohrssen's 20-plus years of coaching experience have included five seasons as head coach at Manhattan from 2006 to 2011.