THURSDAY, JULY 09, 2009
JU extends Cliff Warren’s contract through the 2012-13 season
After leading the JU men’s basketball program to the postseason for the first time since 1987, head coach Cliff Warren had his contract extended through the end of the 2012-13 season.

In his four seasons at JU, Warren and his staff have revived the Dolphins with three straight winning seasons, the school’s first conference title since 1986 and a trip to the NIT this past year.

“Cliff has done an exceptional job with our men’s basketball program and has raised our program's visibility nationally,” said JU director of athletics Alan Verlander. “Cliff is following the plan he and I laid out four years ago to bring the tradition of JU basketball back. Therefore, it is my job to make sure that we do our best to keep him at JU and give our program the resources to take our program even higher.”

After winning just one game in his first season as head coach, Warren has built the Dolphins into one of the top programs in the Atlantic Sun Conference – becoming the first team in the modern era of Division I to win a conference championship within three years of winning just one game.

While there has been success on the court, the Dolphins have also excelled in the classroom. After inheriting a two scholarship penalty due to a low Academic Progress Report score, Warren and his staff have rebuilt JU’s APR above 925, the benchmark set by the NCAA for progress towards degree and graduation rate.

“I’m honored and extremely thankful for the confidence and support of the Board of Trustees, President Romesburg and Alan Verlander in extending my contract,” Warren said. “We have made significant progress with our program, but we continue to work each day to get better in an effort to reach our ultimate goal of playing in the NCAA Tournament.”

Under Warren, three Dolphins have earned all-conference honors with four freshmen being named to the league’s all-freshman team. He has coached three players in the 1,000-point club and has led JU to its best three-year record in more than 15 years.

The Dolphins turnaround on the court has transformed the program off the court. JU has moved its home games to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena – seeing an increase in attendance in each of the past three seasons.