JU Will Not Renew Contract of Women's Basketball Coach Melissa Taketa

March 24, 2004

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University will not renew the contract of head women's basketball coach Melissa Taketa, announced Tuesday by Vice President of Student Life and acting Athletic Director Dr. John Balog. Taketa posted a 32-105 record in five seasons after being named the program's first head coach in May of 1998. The search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

Under Taketa's direction, the Dolphins advanced to the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament in her first two seasons and posted a program-best 13-15 record during the 2000-01 season. JU has posted a 13-68 record in the last three seasons after a 3-24 finish in 2003-04.

Off the court, 33 student-athletes earned Atlantic Sun Academic All-Conference honors in five seasons. Taketa picked up her 250th career win in JU's season opener this year and has posted an overall record of 252-317 in 20 years of coaching.

Taketa arrived at JU after a 10-year stint as head coach at the University of Pacific in Stockton, Calif., earning Northern California Coach-of-the-Year honors in 1994-95 and leaving Pacific as the all-time winningest coach in program history with 140 victories. In 1994-95, Pacific tied a school record with 20 wins and advanced to the WNIT for the first time in school history.

Prior to her stint at Pacific, Taketa compiled an 80-64 record in five seasons at Edison Community College in Fort Myers, Fla. Her tenure are ECC was highlighted by a conference championship and a second-place finish in the state tournament in 1986. The JU women's basketball team began competition in 1999-2000 as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference.