WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014
Jasick's Hiring Earns High Marks
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The plaudits continue to roll in over the hiring of Tony Jasick as the new head coach of men’s basketball here at Jacksonville University. In an article posted recently on Mid-Major Madness by Parks Smith, Jasick’s addition at JU earned a grade of A+.
An advisory review committee headed up by Chief Athletics Officer Brad Edwards selected Jasick from a pool of over 150 applicants. The interest in becoming the new leader of the storied program drew candidates from all levels including current college head coaches, top assistant coaches as well as the professional and high school ranks.
“We wanted to get someone we thought would be a great fit here at Jacksonville University,” said Edwards in the press conference announcing Jasick’s hire.“Not only for our team, but our university and the Jacksonville community. Our goal was to find a great person who really cares and is centered on the student-athlete. We wanted a proven recruiter at the mid-major level who has had success recruiting the state of Florida. We looked to find someone that is on the rise who has proven leadership that our student-athletes, faculty and staff can trust. Tony Jasick not only met, but exceed what we were looking for. It is truly an honor to have him here at JU.”
Of the 17 mid-major coaching hires graded by Mid-Major Madness, Jasick’s appointment at JU was one of only three to earn an A+ grade joining Rice and Central Arkansas. Among the schools that the hiring of Jasick ranked ahead of included such schools as Appalachian State, Bowling Green, FAU, Loyola Marymount, Marshall, Ohio, UNC Wilmington, and Western Illinois.
In three seasons as the head coach of IPFW, Jasick turned around the fortunes of the Mastodons, improving them from 11 wins in his first season to 25 wins last year, including the school’s first-ever postseason victory. For his accomplishments he was named the 2014 the Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com as the top Division I mid-major coach in college basketball. The prestigious award is named for Hugh Durham who is one of the winningest coaches in college basketball history and the former head coach and athletic director at Jacksonville.
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