MONDAY, MAY 09, 2005
Jon Babul and William Faulkner Named Assistant Basketball Coaches

May 9, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Former Georgia Tech forward Jon Babul and long-time Atlanta high school coach William Faulkner have been hired as assistant basketball coaches at Jacksonville University, first-year head coach Cliff Warren announced today. Babul spent last season as Director of Basketball Operations at James Madison University, while Faulkner was an assistant at East Stroudsburg (Pa.) University. Warren hopes to fill his final coaching vacancy by the end of the week.

Babul comes to JU after coordinating day-to-day activities and administrative responsibilities at James Madison in 2004-05 for former Georgia Tech assistant Dean Keener, under whom he played in 2000-01. Prior to joining the Dukes' basketball staff, Babul served as athletic director and varsity basketball coach at Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, Ga., from 2001-04. In just his second season as head coach, he helped lead the Eagles to their first regional title and first state tournament appearance in 2003.

"Jon epitomizes work ethic and intelligence," said Warren, who was named JU's 15th men's basketball coach on April 20. "He is bright, energetic and well-respected in the coaching community. Jon has also been a head coach and an athletic director, which means he knows to how communicate with the student-athletes, as well as manage budgets, schedule games and monitor academic progress."

The North Attleboro, Mass., native was a four-year letterwinner at Georgia Tech from 1996-2001, where he played in 100 career games, including 62 starts. He averaged 4.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in 21.5 minutes per contest for his career. As a senior, Babul started all 30 games, while averaging 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds as the Yellow Jackets advanced to the 2001 NCAA Tournament during Paul Hewitt's first season as head coach.

"Jon is an excellent teacher of fundamental post play," said Warren, who coached Babul at Georgia Tech in 2000-01. "He played as an undersized post player, so he understands how important fundamentals and positioning are to a player's success."

Despite an injury-riddle career which caused him to miss the entire 1997-98 season and 13 games in 1999-2000, Babul was a three-time Academic All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree and was twice voted team captain at Tech (1999, 2001). The hard-nosed, 6-foot-7 power forward was also an Honorable Mention Academic All-American in 1999 and earned the Robert Cup Award as Tech's top senior scholar-athlete in 2000. Babul earned his B.A. in business administration and graduated with honors from Georgia Tech in 2001. The 27-year-old has a twin brother, Mike, who played in 120 games at UMass from 1996-2000 and was an assistant coach at Youngstown State last season.

Faulkner spent the 2004-05 season as an assistant coach at East Stroudsburg after teaching and coaching at Decatur (Ga.) High School for nine years. While at Decatur, Faulkner spent two seasons as head coach (1998-2000) and four seasons as associate head coach (2000-04), where he helped lead the Bulldogs to six region championships, seven state playoff appearances and three trips to the state Final Four. Decatur finished as Class-2A runner-up in 2002 and 2003. The Beaufort, S.C., native earned his B.A. in psychology from Morehouse College in 1991 and his Master's degree in special education from Clark University-Atlanta in 1995. Faulkner is also pursuing a second Master's degree in exercise science from East Stroudsburg.

"William has relentless energy and enthusiasm," said Warren. "He also has great people skills and is an excellent communicator. He relates well with today's student-athletes, which will not only pay huge dividends here at JU with our current players, but also when recruiting new student-athletes."

Warren came to JU after spending 11 seasons as an assistant coach, including the last five at Georgia Tech. JU finished the 2004-05 season 16-13 and came within a basket of advancing to the Atlantic Sun Championship game.