JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville hired Georgia Tech assistant Cliff Warren as basketball coach Wednesday to succeed the retiring Hugh Durham, the school's winningest coach.
Warren spent the last five years as an assistant to Paul Hewitt at Georgia Tech, whom he helped lead to three NCAA Tournaments and one NIT berth. That included the Yellow Jackets' run to the national title game in 2004.
Warren hopes to lead Jacksonville back to the success the
program enjoyed in the 1970s and '80s. The Dolphins haven't earned
a postseason berth since making the NIT in 1986-87, one year after
the school's last NCAA Tournament appearance.
Before following Hewitt to Atlanta, Warren previously spent
three years under Hewitt at Siena. He also coached under Jim Phelan
at his alma mater, Mount St. Mary's.
"They are hiring someone who has been a vital part of my staff
for the last eight years and deserves an awful lot of the credit
for any of the success that we have had," Hewitt said.
In 11 seasons as an assistant, Warren has been a part of five
NCAA Tournament bids and three NIT berths.
Warren replaces Durham, who finished with a 106-119 record in
eight seasons at Jacksonville, including a 16-13 mark this season.
Durham ranks 25th in college basketball history with 633 wins,
including stops at Florida State (1960-78) and Georgia (1978-95).