Cliff Warren spent five seasons on the basketball staff at Georgia Tech and eight as an assistant to Paul Hewitt. Warren left the Yellow Jackets to become the head men's basketball coach at Jacksonville University on Apr. 19, 2005.
"I'm thrilled for Cliff and Jacksonville University," said Hewitt. "They are hiring someone who has been a vital part of my staff for the last eight years and deserves an awful lot of the credit for any of the success that we have had over that period. In addition to being an excellent basketball mind, teacher and recruiter, Cliff brings a level of enthusiasm that the Jacksonville community will benefit from right away.
"Cliff is one of the best coaches I've ever worked with in terms of preparing and working with point guards. He loves the individual development aspect of the game"
Warren was instrumental in the development of Tech point guards Tony Akins and Jarrett Jack. Akins, in his junior and senior seasons, led the Tech squad to 32 victories and finished his career as Tech's 11th all-time scorer, fourth all-time assist leader and second all-time three-point shooter. Jack directed Tech to three pos-tseason appearance, including the national championship game as a sophomore, and already is in the top five in career assists at Tech.
In his three-year tenure at Siena (1998-2000), working under Hewitt, Warren helped the Saints to a 66-27 record and two postseason berths with the 1999 NCAA Tournament and the 2000 NIT.
Warren's work at Siena was recognized by Eastern Basketball magazine, which named him as one of the top recruiters at a mid-level program. Since coming to Tech, Warren has taken his coaching talents abroad, conducting camps in Senegal, China and England during the summer.
Warren went to Siena in 1997-98 after three years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Mount Saint Mary's College, under the legendary Jim Phelan. In 1995, Warren's first year on the staff, the Mount made its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, and the following year Mount Saint Mary's played in the NIT.
A native of Silver Spring, Md., Warren is a 1990 graduate of Mount Saint Mary's with a bachelor of science in business finance. He then worked as a graduate assistant coach and earned a master of business administration from the school in 1993.
Before returning to the Mount as a full-time assistant coach in 1994-95, Warren played professionally for the Frederick Flyers of the Atlantic Basketball Association. Midway through the season, he was named an assistant coach. In addition, he worked as an intern for the NBA's Washington Wizards and was a substitute teacher in the Montgomery County (Md.) school district, as well as serving as a volunteer coach at Paint Branch High School, his alma mater.
During his collegiate career, Warren was a two-year starter for the Mountaineers. As a senior in 1989-90, he averaged 10.4 points and 5.0 assists per game, leading the Mount to a 16-12 record, its first winning season in Division I. He finished his career ranked among the school's all-time top 50 in scoring and top five in assists.
In eight seasons as an assistant coach, Warren was part of programs that have earned seven postseason berths, including four NCAA Tournament bids and three NIT berths.
WARREN FILE Full Name: Jon Clifford Warren Born: March 8, 1968 Hometown: Silver Spring, Md. Education: B.S. in Business Finance (1990), Mount St. Mary's Master of Business Administration (1993), Mount St. Mary's Playing Experience: Four-year letterman at Mount St. Mary's (1987-90); One season of professional basketball (Frederick Flyers/Atlantic Basketball Association) Coaching Experience: Assistant Coach, Mount St. Mary's (1995-97) Assistant Coach, Siena (1998-2000) Assistant Coach, Georgia Tech (2000-05)