By Jon Teitel
Two signs that you are getting old: college freshmen who were born in the year 2000 and college coaches who graduated from college in the year 2000. Tony Jasick is a a member of the latter group but has quickly risen up the ranks: assistant at Middle Tennessee in 2004, head coach at IPFW in 2011, and head coach at Jacksonville in 2014. He has also proven that he knows how to turn a program around: he increased the Mastodons' win total from 11 in year #1 to 25 in year #3 and increased the Dolphins' win total from 10 in year #1 to 17 in year #3 (finishing off each year #3 with a berth in the CIT. HoopsHD's Jon Teitel got to chat with Coach Jasick about being named the best mid-major coach in the country and the importance of 3-PT shooting to his team's success.
You played PG at Muskegon Community College: how good a player were you back in the day, and how did you get into coaching? I was a really bad player and I got into coaching because I was not smart enough to do anything else! I was around some really good coaches in the community where I grew up and always had an affinity for it.
You were an assistant to Kermit Davis at Middle Tennessee: what makes him such a good coach, and what was the most important thing that you ever learned from him? He is fantastic at building relationships in the community and his consistency from day 1 to day 365 is remarkable to me. He does a great job of coaching his team every single day.
You were hired as coach at IPFW in 2011: how were you able to improve your win total from 11 in year #1 to 25 in year #3? Great coaching! We were able to recruit some really good players and had a good mix of JC guys who brought some experience and a handful of high school guys who were able to grow. They were unselfish and cared a lot about winning.