FRIDAY, AUGUST 04, 2000
Ernest Rozier Named Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

Aug. 4, 2000

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Ernest Rozier has been named assistant women's basketball coach at Jacksonville University, head coach Melissa Taketa announced today.

Rozier, who will work with the Dolphin guards, joins the staff after spending the 1999-2000 season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with TAAC foe Samford University.

"Ernest brings a wealth of knowledge and a great ability to teach the game," Taketa said. "He's an outstanding coach with good experience, and should really help our program as we enter our second season. Ernest has proven to be a great recruiter and is familiar with the TAAC."

Rozier helped lead Samford to a 19-10 mark and a third-place finish in the conference last year, including a trip to the TAAC Tournament semifinals in only its third season. Under Rozier's tutelage, Samford finished second in the TAAC in assists (16.9 per game), steals (9.9 per game) and turnover margin (+2.66 per game).

Prior to coaching at Samford, Rozier served as assistant men's basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at Jones County Junior College (1997-99), assistant women's basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at Florida A&M (1995-97) and assistant women's basketball coach at St. Leo College (1993-95). Rozier also served as the interim head women's coach at St. Leo in 1994.

Rozier played collegiately at Anoka Ramsey (Minn.) Community College where he was a first-team all-conference and all-region selection in 1989-90. He later transferred to St. Leo where he earned his B.A. in physical science and computer information systems in June 1993.