Undertaking his first USA Basketball assignment, Cliff Warren of Jacksonville University on March 2, 2011, was named as an assistant coach for the 2011 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team.
Jackson will assist USA Men’s U19 and Georgia Tech head coach Paul Hewitt, in the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship June 30 – July 10 in Liepaja and Riga, Latvia.
“I am very thankful and honored to get this opportunity to assist coach Hewitt and represent our country in the FIBA U19 World Championship,” Warren said.
Completing in 2010-11 his sixth season as head coach at Jacksonville, Warren has amassed a 92-92 overall record and a 66-48 mark in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Claiming in 2010-11 a second straight 20-win season, Warren led Jacksonville to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1973-74.>
The JU Dolphins in 2010-11 finished with a 20-12 overall record, earning wins over Auburn and Florida. Invited to the 2011 CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament, JU defeated East Carolina and fell to SMU in the second round.
Finishing 1-26 in his first season in 2005-06, Warren quickly turned the program around. Over the past five years, JU under his hand has produced five winning seasons – the third-longest streak of winning campaigns in program history.
Warren twice has led the Dolphins to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) and most recently in 2010-11 guided Jacksonville to the CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament.
Following a first-round loss in the 2009 NIT, Jacksonville’s first postseason appearance since 1987, a 67-66 win over Arizona State in the first round of the 2010 NIT gave the Dolphins their first postseason win since 1974. Warren’s squad added another first round postseason victory to the list the following season when they defeated East Carolina and advanced to the second round of the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
He won his first regular season Atlantic Sun Championship after an 18-14 overall finish in 2008-09 and shared the title a year later with a 20-13 finish in 2009-10, making JU the first program in the modern era of college basketball to win a conference title within three years of winning one game or less. It also marked the program’s first 20-win season since 1986.
Warren also has advanced his team to the A-Sun Tournament championship game in two of the past four seasons, making JU’s first appearance in the title game since 1989.
He earned conference Coach of the Year honors from Collegeinsider.com in 2007, while also being named a finalist for the Hugh Durham Mid-Major Coach of the Year Award and the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award. After winning the league title in 2009, Warren was honored by his peers as the Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year.
During his career as an assistant coach, including 11 seasons overall and stints at his alma mater Mount St. Mary's (1994-95 through 1996-97), Siena (1997-98 through 1999-2000) and Georgia Tech (2000-01 through 2004-05), Warren helped his teams to an overall 214-127 win-loss record and to the postseason eight times, five NCAA Tournaments and three NIT appearances.
Before taking over at JU, Warren spent five seasons as an assistant to Hewitt at Georgia Tech, where he helped lead the Yellow Jackets to 96 wins, three NCAA Tournaments and one NIT. In 2004, Warren aided the Yellow Jackets to a 28-10 record and the school's first-ever trip to the NCAA national championship game, where Tech lost to Connecticut.
Warren was a two-year starter for the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers, where he finished his career ranked in the top five in assists. As a senior in 1989-90, he averaged 10.4 points and 5.0 assists per game, while leading The Mount to its first winning season in Division I (16-12).
Before returning to Mount St. Mary's as an assistant coach in 1994, Warren played professionally for the Frederick Flyers of the Atlantic Basketball Association. Midway through the season, he was named assistant coach. He also worked as an intern for the NBA's Washington Wizards in 1993-94.
He earned his bachelor of science in business finance from Mount St. Mary's in 1990 and then worked as a graduate assistant coach and earned a master of business administration in 1993.
Warren is married to the former Jennifer Love, and the couple has one child, Jon Clifford (J.C.) II.