Darnell Haney enters his third season with the Jacksonville University women’s basketball program, and was promoted to associate head coach in the spring of 2016. He is responsible for the development of JU’s post players, scouting, defensive game planning, and handles all of the team’s scheduling.
“Darnell is a man that displays class, great work ethic, and energy,” said JU women’s basketball head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. “I know the university, team, and community will appreciate his presence immediately. I look forward to watching him excel here at JU on and off the floor.”
“I am extremely honored and excited about joining Coach McCuin’s staff here at JU,” said Haney. “Her vision and her approach to developing an elite program is one that I am proud to be a part of. As a coach you are blessed with a handful of truly special situations. This program and this situation are special and I am ready to help JU Women’s Basketball show how special we really are.”
In 2016, the Dolphins claimed their first-ever Atlantic Sun Conference championship, and trip to the NCAA Tournament. The team posted a record of 22-11, the third 20-win season in program history, with an 11-3 mark in conference contests.
Haney has begun to gain a reputation as one of the top skill developers in the business and was named one of the top Non-BCS Assistant Coaches in the country. In three seasons with the Dolphins, he has mentored four all-conference honorees Queen Alford (2014), Kayla Gordon (2015), Briona Brown (2016) and Christin Mercer (2016), with two of the student-athletes garnering Freshman of the Year and Newcomer of the Year accolades.
Prior to Jacksonville, Haney spent the 2010-2013 seasons turning Jones High School’s girl’s basketball into a powerhouse program in Florida as its head coach. A three-time FACA Coach of the Year, Haney developed several Division I players while also leading the program to two district titles and state Final Four appearances.
A Miami, Fla. native, Haney served as an instructor for two years at The Edge Training Facility, known as the premier training facility in the state of Florida. In conjunction with former Boston Celtic Dee Brown, Haney performed team and individual skill development sessions, camps, and clinics. Haney’s clientele ranged from beginning players to elite prep, college, and professional athletes in the NBA and European Leagues.
In 2009, Haney was named head boy’s basketball coach at South Lake High School in Groveland, Fla., where he developed two all-county performers who went on to play at the collegiate level. As head coach, Haney planned and administered all aspects of the program including Coach Haney’s Top Notch Basketball camp, which was a huge success.
From 2006-2009, Haney served as an assistant varsity and head junior varsity boy’s basketball coach to the legendary Jerry Howard at Jones High School in Orlando, Fla. Haney ran practices, created game plans, and assisted in making in-game adjustments for a Tiger program that garnered 48 wins, two district titles, and a state runner-up finish. Haney developed 11 eventual collegiate athletes, three of whom are now playing professionally.
Haney earned his bachelor of science in engineering technology from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (2004). He also holds a Master of Science in Athletic Administration from Nova Southeastern University (2010). He attended Miami Southridge Senior High School where he was a three-year basketball letterman and team captain.
He and his wife, Aaliyah, reside in Jacksonville and have two children, Imani (9) and Caleb (4).