WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2011
Cliff Warren named a finalist for the Ben Jobe Award
JU head men’s basketball coach Cliff Warren has been a named a finalist for the Ben Jobe Award, presented annually to the top minority coach in Division I.

This is the second straight year that Warren has been named a finalist for the award, earning the nod after leading Jacksonville to its second straight 20-win season – the first for the program since 1974.

“I’m very thankful and honored to receive this recognition,” said Warren. “But this is also recognition of what our student-athletes have done more than me. This group did everything we asked them to this year and for that I will always be grateful to them.”

Warren has directed one of the greatest turnarounds in college basketball, restoring the tradition of success at Jacksonville with three straight postseason appearances after winning one game just five years ago.

With the win in the first round of the Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament, Warren moved past the legendary Joe Williams for third place on the school’s all-time wins list with 92 and will enter his seventh season with a chance to become the winningest coach in the program’s prestigious history.