JU extends Cliff Warren's contract to 2012

April 9, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Two years ago, Cliff Warren made a commitment to turn around the fortunes of the JU men's basketball team.

After leading the Dolphins to the biggest turnaround in the country this past season, the University furthered its commitment to him and the program by signing him to a multi-year contract extension and putting him under contract until the end of the 2011-2012 campaign on Tuesday.

"With the progress and success of the men's basketball team this past season, now is the right time to grant Coach Warren this extension and show the University's commitment to the program," said Kerry Romesburg, JU president. "We are extremely pleased with the direction of the program and the quality of student athletes that Coach Warren is recruiting. His arrival on our campus two years ago began the rejuvenation of the men's basketball program and we support him and his team 100 percent."

After going 1-26 during his first campaign with just seven scholarship players, Warren's second season produced a 15-14 record - with a starting lineup composed of three freshmen, a sophomore and a senior.

"The JU basketball program has a rich history and stability is the key component heading into the future," said JU athletics director Alan Verlander. "I've always felt is important to take care of good people and it was important for me and the University to show we're supporting Cliff and his efforts with the men's basketball program. Cliff and I share the same vision for this program and that starts with recruiting solid student-athletes. I am quite pleased with how he has rebuilt this program while at the same time excited about future success. Keeping Cliff long-term is a statement to the entire Jacksonville community that our basketball program is on the rise and we are committed to its success."

Warren's success has received national recognition as well. The JU head coach was a finalist for the Jim Phelan "National Coach of the Year" Award as well as the Hugh Durham "Mid-Major Coach of the Year" Award. He was named Atlantic Sun Conference "Coach of the Year" by Collegeinsider.com.

"I'm very thankful and fortunate to have the support of the administration for the opportunity to restore the program to its glorious past," Warren said. "We made significant progress last season, but that was just the first step. Our goal is to continue to improve each day, through every practice and every game."