The Jasick File
Born: April 17, 1978
Hometown: Whitehall, Michigan
High School: Whitehall Senior High School
College: Mars Hill (2000), Bachelor’s degree in biology education
Graduate School: Lincoln Memorial (2002), Master’s degree in education
Family: Wife, Melissa; Daughters: Rohen and Reece
Jacksonville Head Coach, 2014-present
IPFW Head Coach, 2011-14
IPFW Associate Head Coach/Assistant Coach, 2005-11
Middle Tennessee State Graduate Assistant Coach, 2004-05
Newberry Assistant Coach, 2003-04
UNC-Pembroke Assistant Coach, 2002-03
Lincoln Memorial Assistant Coach, 2001-02
North Alabama Volunteer Assistant Coach, 2000-01
2014 - Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year
2014 - Skip Prosser Man of the Year Finalist
2014 - CollegeInsider.com Summit League Coach of the Year
2014 - College Sports Madness Summit League Coach of the Year
2016 - NABC District 3 Coach of the Year
2016 - CollegeInsider ASUN Coach of the Year
One of two coaches nationally to improve team’s win total over a 3-year span twice
Coached 4 All-ASUN performers in 3 years at Jacksonville
Had a 13-game home winning streak at JU from 2/28/15 to 2/18/16, longest since 1972-74
Led IPFW to a school-record 25 wins and a CIT win against Akron in 2013-14
Tony Jasick, the 2014 Mid-Major National Coach of the Year, enters his fifth season leading the Dolphins in 2018-19. Jasick’s first season rebuilding the program saw a complete overhaul of the roster with only one of the eight top scorers returning from the previous season. In his second season he led Jacksonville to its most non-conference wins in 24 years, secured the first winning season for the program in five years, and had a 13-game home winning streak, the longest in 42 years. In Jasick’s third season, the coaching veteran again improved upon his win total from the previous year, making him one of only two coaches in the nation (Michigan’s John Beilein is the other) over the last six years to improve their win total over a three-year span twice.
A nice stretch winning seven of nine games through the middle of the season gave Jasick's 2017-18 Dolphins the confidence needed to win a postseason game for the first time since 2010. With both Devin Harris (Defensive Player of the Year) and JD Notae (Freshman of the Year) bringing home top postseason awards following the ASUN Conference regular season, the Dolphins saw a record number named to postseason teams with Jalyn Hinton (All-Freshman Team) and Cody Helgeland (ASUN All-Academic Team) also earning recognition.
His 2016-17 Dolphin squad had a resurgent non-conference season, finishing 12-4 in games outside of ASUN Conference play. That tied JU with Baylor, Creighton, Florida State, Gonzaga, Louisville, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Villanova for the second-most non-conference wins in the country. The Dolphins then capped a 17-15 regular season by hosting a national postseason tournament for the first time at Swisher Gym, the Hugh Durham Classic game of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. After the season ended, Jasick had seven members of the team graduate, and five of those former Dolphins then signed professional contracts overseas. Only three other schools in the country had four or more players graduate and sign pro contracts in the 2016-17 postseason.
Kori Babineaux earned All-ASUN honors for the second time in his career in the 2015-16 season, and became the fifth Dolphin ever to score over 1,000 points in just two years. The Dolphins had several other memorable moments, including a 31-point outburst from Darien Fernandez in the ASUN Conference Tournament’s first round, the most a Dolphin has ever scored in an ASUN playoff game. 2015-16 was also the first time JU has hosted an ASUN men’s basketball conference tournament game.
The Dolphins finished Jasick's first campaign strongly, winning three of thier final five games. The 2014-15 Dolphins also garnered wins over three of the top four teams in the final ASUN Conference standings.
As a result of their on-court success, two Dolphins earned postseason honors. Junior Kori Babineaux was voted the ASUN Newcomer of the Year in addition to earning All-Conference second team honors. Freshman Antwon Clayton was named to the conference All-Freshman Team.
Jasick was hired as the 16th head coach in Jacksonville men’s basketball history on April 9, 2014. Jasick comes to JU after spending three seasons as the head coach of Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW). In all, Jasick spent the past nine seasons in total as a member of the IPFW coaching staff.
Jasick was named the Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com as the top Division I Mid-Major coach in college basketball in 2014. The prestigious award is named for Hugh Durham, who was one of the winningest coaches in college basketball history and the former head coach and athletic director at Jacksonville.
A nine-year veteran of the IPFW program, Jasick oversaw the Mastodons as the school transitioned from a Division I independent into one of the Summit League’s elite. Moving up the bench from assistant to associate to head coach, Jasick recently completed his third season in charge of the IPFW program, one in which the Mastodons set a school record with 25 victories and nabbed the program’s first-ever postseason victory in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament against Akron.
While Jasick was at the center of a jump in wins for IPFW in each of his three seasons at the helm, his contributions were recognized beyond just the playing court. In late March 2014, he was named one of 15 finalists for the Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award, given annually to a head coach who achieves success on the court while displaying moral integrity off it. Other finalists for the year’s award include such coaching luminaries as Mike Krzyzewski of Duke, Phil Martelli of Saint Joseph’s and Jay Wright of Villanova.
Prior to IPFW
Before joining the staff at IPFW in 2005-06, Jasick spent the 2004-05 season at Middle Tennessee State, coaching two All-Sun Belt Conference selections and helping the Blue Raiders to 19 wins. In 2003-04, he was an assistant at Newberry (S.C.) helping the team to the South Atlantic Conference title game for the first time in program history. Jasick began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at North Alabama.
A 2000 graduate of Mars Hill (N.C.) with a Bachelor of Science in Biology Education, Jasick went on to earn his Master’s in Education from Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) in 2002 before entering the coaching field.
A native of Whitehall, Mich., Jasick attended Whitehall High School. Tony and his wife, Melissa, have two daughters, Rohen and Reece.
What They Are Saying
"What a great hire for Jacksonville University! Tony did a great job in Fort Wayne. His teams are always well-prepared and play with great toughness." - Tom Izzo, Head Men’s Basketball Coach Michigan State University
"The college basketball scene is one that has become about correct fits at every institution. Tony Jasick to Jacksonville is a perfect fit." - Adrian Branch, ESPN College Basketball
"Tony is a great hire for Jacksonville. He's an excellent coach and a dynamic personality. He recruits well and can really coach. He will connect with the student-athletes, the fan base, and the campus community in tremendous fashion. Home run hire for the Dolphins." - Tim Miles, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, University of Nebraska, 2014 Big Ten Coach of the Year