FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010
Cliff Warren a finalist for the inaugural Ben Jobe Award
JU head men’s basketball coach Cliff Warren has been named a finalist for the inaugural Ben Jobe Coach of the Year Award presented by Collegeinsider.com.

The Ben Jobe Award was created to recognize the top minority coach in the country. The award is named for coaching legend Ben Jobe, who spent the majority of his career at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, won 524 games in 31 years. He is best known for his accomplishments at Southern University, where he took the program to four NCAA Tournament appearances and one NIT berth.

Warren is one of 15 finalists for the award, joining an elite group that is comprised of Tommy Amaker (Harvard), Mike Anderson (Missouri), Tevester Anderson (Jackson State), Tony Barbee (UTEP), Todd Bozeman (Morgan State), Ed Cooley (Fairfield), Mike Davis (UAB), Stan Heath (South Florida), Ron Hunter (IUPUI), Sydney Johnson (Princeton), Johnny Jones (North Texas), Marvin Menzies (New Mexico State), Shaka Smart (VCU), John Thompson III (Georgetown) and Cliff Warren (Jacksonville).

“I’m extremely honored to be considered for this award as Coach Jobe is one of the legends in the coaching ranks,” said Warren. “But this is recognition more for what the young men in our program have accomplished this year.”