Canisius head coach Jim Baron to retire

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Canisius head coach Jim Baron is retiring.

Baron, who is 62 years old, has been a Division I head coach for the last 29 seasons. He spent five years at St. Francis (PA) before a two-decade run in the Atlantic 10 with St. Bonaventure and Rhode Island.

The last four seasons, Baron was at Canisius. He coached his son, Billy, for three seasons — his last year at Rhode Island and his first two seasons at Canisius — and that was a major reason he’s decided to retire. Billy and Jim’s other son, Jimmy, both play for the same team in Europe — Proximus Spirou Basket — and he wants to be able to spend more time with them.

Associate head coach Pat Clarke is expected to take over as interim.

The news was first reported by Shawn Stepner of WKBW.