Hugh Durham Signs Contract Extension

Aug. 5, 2003

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University has signed head basketball coach Hugh Durham to a one-year contract extension, University officials announced today. Durham, who is also the Dolphins' athletic director, has worked under the current four-year roll-over contract since arriving at JU in 1997. The one-year roll-over extension was granted by University President David Harlow following Durham's annual evaluation.

"Coach Durham is an essential member of the University's leadership," said Harlow, who has spearheaded Jacksonville University's resurgence since arriving in 2000. "I am thrilled to know that we will all continue to benefit from his experience and wisdom for at least the next four years."

Durham, who is entering his seventh season at JU, has turned the Dolphin program around, having led the Dolphins to 49 wins in the last three seasons, the most in 10 years. He led JU to back-to-back 18-win campaigns in 2000-01 and 2001-02, while becoming just the 32nd Division I coach to eclipse 600 career victories when the Dolphins defeated Gardner-Webb, 87-75, on Jan. 25 of last season. Durham also became just the fifth active Division I coach (17th all-time) to coach 1,000 games during the 2002-03 season and now has a career mark of 604-401 in 35 seasons. He is just 11 wins shy of becoming JU's all-time leader with 89 Division I wins (Bob Wenzel, 88). Rollie Rourke is the Dolphins' all-time winningest coach with 107 career victories, but JU was a junior college (1948-57) and an NAIA school (1957-65) during his tenure. The 65-year-old Durham has also matched the longest tenure of any basketball coach at JU - seven seasons (Rourke 1953-60).

The list of accomplishments is endless for Durham, who is one if just 11 Division I coaches to lead two different schools to the NCAA Final Four (Florida State, 1972 & Georgia, 1983). He is the all-time winningest coach in the 98-year history of Georgia basketball with 297 wins and ranks first all-time at Florida State with a .708 winning percentage (230-95). Durham has led his teams to 15 postseason appearances, including eight NCAA tournament berths, and has earned five conference coach-of-the-year honors. He is also one of only three coaches to win 200 games at two different schools: Ralph Miller (Oregon & Wichita St.) and Norm Sloan (Florida & N.C. State).

A native of Louisville, Ky., Durham began his coaching career as an assistant to long-time Florida State coach Bud Kennedy in 1959. This followed a standout playing career at FSU, where he still decorates record books in a dozen different categories after scoring 1,381 points during his three-year playing career. Durham's 43-point performance against Stetson in 1957 still ranks second all-time at FSU for a single game. The Seminoles' annual Team MVP award was re-named the "Hugh Durham Most Valuable Player" award in 1999. He coached at FSU from 1966-78, before going to Georgia, where he coached from 1978-95. Durham became the Dolphins' head coach in March of 1997 and was named permanent Athletic Director in March of 2001.