Since taking over as head coach of the Jacksonville University men’s basketball program prior to the 2005-06 season, 19 former student-athletes have received their degrees while under the tutelage of Cliff Warren. Today, we check in to see where they are now.
Class of 2013
Glenn Powell came to Jacksonville from south Florida, and has moved back home where he is an athletic director at a Fort Lauderdale Boys and Girls Club while also working at UPS.
Russell Powell has taken his communications degree from JU and used it to land a job at CSS Sports. He will be a sideline reporter at numerous games this season, in addition to coaching football at Newnan High School in Georgia.
Class of 2012
Tevin Galvin spent a season with the Florida Makos of the American Basketball Association (ABA) after graduation. He now is an assistant coach with girls’ basketball at Flagler Palm Coast High School in Palm Coast, Fla.
Delwan Graham took his talents overseas after graduating from JU, playing a season for the UCC Demons in Ireland. After returning and spending the offseason in Jacksonville, he has gone back to Ireland and is currently playing for the UL Eagles.
A native of St. Kitts and Nevis, Shamile Jeffers returned to the islands after graduation and played a season of basketball there. He currently lives and works in New York City as a pharmaceutical sales representative.
Class of 2011
After graduating, Travis Cohn spent time in the NBA D-League with the Springfield Armor and Sioux Falls Skyforce. Most recently he played for the Kebs de Laval in the Canadian National Basketball League (NBL).
Ayron Hardy spent two years overseas, playing professionally in the United Kingdom and Germany. For the Leicester Lions in 2011-12, Hardy averaged over 15 points per game, then moved to Heidelberg for the 2012-13 season. He currently is working at an American Family Care facility in Birmingham, Ala. and hopes to soon pursue a Master’s degree at JU.
Class of 2010
Lehmon Colbert spent two seasons with the Plymouth Raiders in the British Basketball League (BBL). Since then, he has moved on to the UCC Demons in Ireland, while also spending time coaching and substitute teaching at Crawford County High School in Roberta, Ga.
A native of Poland, Szymon Lukasiak has worked his way back home to his homeland, playing in the Tauron Basket Liga (TBL) for Stabill Jezioro Tarnobrzeg. He has also played in Portugal (Academica) and Sweden (Nassio) since graduating from JU.
2010 NIT hero Ben Smith has continued to pour in points overseas, just as he did while becoming the second-leading scorer in school history. He began his professional career in Greece and China, then moved to the United Kingdom (Plymouth Raiders), Sweden (Uppsala) and Iceland (Thor Thorl). At each spot along the way, he has averaged at least 17 points per game, including an amazing 26.2 ppg average last season with Thor Thorl. He’s currently in Jacksonville, looking for his next contract in Europe.
Class of 2009
Warren’s first recruit at JU, Marcus Allen has gone on to play professionally in Switzerland, France and Austria. Currently, he is a sales representative for Anheuser Busch and has filmed commercials with LeBron James.
Brian Gilbert spent his first two years after graduating as the Jacksonville Director of Basketball Operations. He is now a math teacher and the varsity head coach at Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach, Fla.
A graduate of Washington High School in Pensacola, Fla., Evan Jefferson coached girls’ basketball at his alma mater and worked with mentally handicapped children in the community. Just recently, he accepted the head coaching position with girls’ basketball at Paxon High School here in Jacksonville.
Class of 2007
Jesse Kimbrough spent three seasons playing professionally in Belgium and Holland. He currently coaches varsity basketball at Fairhill High School in Dallas, Texas, while also working as a Frito Lay merchandiser in Plano. He and his wife, Malinda, were married on July 27 of this year.
The game of basketball has allowed Ljubisa Vrcelj to see more places than most people will in their lifetimes. Currently calling Bulgaria home while playing for Cherno More, Vrcelj has also spent time playing professionally in Canada, Malaysia, Morocco, Bahrain, and here in the U.S.
Class of 2006
Mario Brown currently plays in Belgium with Sint-Jan in Antwerp and works on a military base. He previously has had stints in Denmark and Germany.
After spending several seasons in Finland, Aubrey Conerly is now in Germany, playing for Konstanz. In the offseason, he returns to Jacksonville and works as a YMCA Director.
After a professional career in Ireland and Colombia, Antonio Cool now lives in Tulsa, Okla. with his wife and four children, and works at a boy’s home.
Matt Kampfe remained in Jacksonville for a few years after graduation, first earning his MBA from JU, then working as Director of Development for Baptist Health and Director of Alumni Relations at Jacksonville University. He now lives in Portland, Ore. and serves as Director of Finance & New Business for Kampfe Management Service, a brain injury rehabilitation program.