TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2002
Basketball's Doug Durham Named National Assistant Coach of the Year

June 25, 2002

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University assistant basketball coach Doug Durham has been presented the AFLAC/National Assistant Coach of the Year award from Coach and Athletic Director magazine. Durham, who is entering his sixth season at JU, is one of 524 recipients nationwide. The first-year award, which is funded by AFLAC but administered by Coach and Athletic Director, was given to high school and collegiate coaches in all 50 states from more than 900 nominations.

"We are proud to be a part of this program, which helps honor those coaches who deserve it the most - the assistant coaches," says David Mobley, regional sales manager for AFLAC who presented the award to Durham. "The assistant coaches don't often get the respect they deserve for doing the brunt of the work."

Durham has been a key part of the Dolphins resurgence in basketball since his arrival five years ago with his father, head coach Hugh Durham, who is just nine wins shy of becoming the 12th active coach in Division I with 600 wins (591-385). JU has posted back-to-back 18-win seasons, marking the most victories in a two-year span in 15 years. The Dolphins tied a school record last season with 12 conference wins, and won seven games on the road, the most since 1973-74. Off the court, Doug Durham's responsibilities with academics have also yielded positive results. The Dolphins had three players earn Atlantic Sun Academic All-Conference honors last season, and since the Durhams' arrival in 1997, 12 of 17 basketball players who completed their eligibility at JU have graduated.

"Doug has been an integral part of the turnaround here at JU," says Hugh Durham, who also serves as the Dolphins' athletic director. "He has a true passion for the players and is willing to go the extra mile to make sure they succeed both on the court and in the classroom."

JU returns four of its five starters from last year's 18-12 team, including two of the Dolphins' top two scorers in Kevin Sheppard (13.5 ppg, 4.1 apg) and Calvin Warner (13.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg).

Accomplishments at JU since Durham's Arrival in 1997-1998 season
  • Led JU to 18-10 record in 2000-01 - its first winning season since 1995-96
  • Led JU to the second-biggest turnaround in school history - a 10-win difference
  • Led JU to 11-7 record and third-place finish in Atlantic Sun in 2000-01
  • Won 12 games at Swisher Gym in 2000-01 - the most wins ever at Swisher
  • Held opponents to a school-record low 41 percent shooting in 2000-01
  • Held opponents to 63.7 ppg in 2000-01 - Second in A-Sun and 30th nationally
  • Opened the 2000-01 season 7-0 - JU's best start since 1979-80
  • Has posted 36 wins in last two seasons, the most in 15 years
  • Led JU to back-to-back winning seasons for first time since 1995
  • Led JU to seven road wins in 2001-02 - the most since 1973-74
  • Posted a +6.0 rebounding margin in 2001-02 - the largest since 1972-73
  • Started 7-0 at home in 2001-02 - the best start at home since 1973-74
  • Connected on a school-record 197 three-pointers in 2001-02