Iona Coaching Staff Finds Unfashionable Good Luck Charm

By John Engel
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Superstitions and good luck charms are common for baseball players and coaches, but the tradition is rarely seen in the world of college basketball.

With March Madness now underway, Iona‘s coaching staff begs to differ.

It’s become somewhat of a dress code for coaches and assistants to wear suits court side to both home and away games. On March 1, however, Iona head coach Tim Cluess and his assistants wore jumpsuits to raise awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The Gaels were kindly rewarded for their selflessness. Iona was able to climb out of a stretch of six losses in seven games to defeat first-place Loyola in MAAC play and the winning hasn’t stopped since.

“Guess we’re going to continue wearing sweatsuits, right?” asked athletic director Eugene Marshall after the Loyola win.

Since March 1, the Gaels have won five straight, including their most recent victory over rival Manhattan in the MAAC tournament title game. Iona has now clinched an NCAA tournament bid for the second straight season.

Last year the Gaels had a less than impressive performance against BYU in a First Four game match-up.

Now even students and fans have begun wearing jumpsuits to Iona home games. Despite all of the fun that has stemmed from of the casual dress code of late, the Gaels are still playing for a good cause. Iona began supporting the Cystic Fibrosis foundation when one of the school’s primary boosters was diagnosed with the disease.

John Engel is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports, covering the PAC-12 and Mountain West conferences. John works for ESPNLA 710 AM radio in addition to Rant Sports. Follow: @engelsportsguy.

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