Jacksonville names Cliff Warren hoops coach
Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) – Jacksonville University Wednesday named
Cliff Warren as the school’s new men’s head basketball coach.
Warren had spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach to Paul Hewitt at
Georgia Tech. During his tenure with the Yellow Jackets, Warren helped guide
the school to three NCAA Tournaments, including an appearance in the
2004 national championship game, and one NIT berth.
“This is the beginning of a new era in Jacksonville University athletics,”
said Alan Verlander, who was named JU’s seventh director of athletics on March
8. “Cliff Warren is a winner on and off the basketball court. He sees the
value of playing basketball, but he also sees the value of a great education.
Cliff is also a community builder whose level of enthusiasm will be contagious
The move to hire Warren was made necessary after Hugh Durham retired at
season’s end. Durham, one of the winningest coaches in college basketball
history, ended his career with a record of 633-429, placing him 25th on
college basketball’s all-time win list.
The 67-year-old Durham spent eight seasons in Jacksonville and led the
Dolphins to a 106-119 record.
Warren also spent three years under Hewitt at Siena and has also coached under
the legendary Jim Phelan at his alma mater, Mount St. Mary’s.
“For me this is a dream come true,” said Warren. “I want to thank President
(Dr. Kerry) Romesburg and Alan Verlander for giving me the opportunity to live
my boyhood dream of becoming a head men’s basketball coach. I’m going to do
whatever I can to make this basketball program successful and make sure our
student- athletes represent Jacksonville University to the best of their
“This moment right now is not about me, it’s about the players. If not for
them, I would not be here today. I want to thank all the players, coaches and
administration at Georgia Tech, Siena and Mount St. Mary’s for giving me an
opportunity and helping to shape my basketball career.”
In 11 seasons as an assistant coach, Warren, 37, has reached the NCAA
Tournament five times and the NIT on three occasions.