JU fills basketball vacancy with Gators assistant Jordan Mincy

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University is filling its basketball vacancy with a coach from just down the road in Gainesville.

Jordan Mincy, an assistant at the University of Florida, is the Dolphins new head basketball coach, the school announced on Thursday.

Mincy, 34, spent the past six seasons as an assistant on Mike White’s coaching staff at Florida.

“I can’t wait to get to work as we start writing the next chapter in Jacksonville basketball history,” Mincy said in a release. “I’m so appreciative to Mike White and everyone who has helped me reach this point. I feel extremely blessed and prepared for this moment, and I’m ready to get going.”

White said that Mincy was ready for the challenge.

“I couldn’t be happier for Jordan,” White said in a statement. “This is an opportunity he has worked incredibly hard to earn, and Jacksonville has hired a fantastic person and exceptional basketball coach to lead their program.”

Before arriving with White in Gainesville, Mincy coached one season on White’s staff at Louisiana Tech. He’s also been an assistant at South Carolina, Kent State, College of Charleston and Toledo. Mincy played in 135 career games at Kent State, averaging 3.1 points and 2.6 assists per game.

“I’ve said since the day we began this search that our priority was to bring in a true leader that is going to come in here, embrace the culture, build lasting relationships and bring new life to this program,” said JU athletic director Alex Ricker-Gilbert said in a release.

“It was important that we found someone that we believe this University and the many wonderful people associated with it will rally behind. I believe Jordan Mincy is the exact fit we were looking for to take up this charge and I could not be more excited for our players, for our University, and to welcome him and his wife LaTisha into the Dolphin family.”

JU will be his most challenging job yet.

The Dolphins have had just eight seasons above .500 since joining the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2001, the last coming in 2017 (17-16). Tony Jasick followed the most successful coach in program history in Cliff Warren, but couldn’t get the Dolphins into the upper tier of the ASUN during his seven-year tenure in town. Jasick was 95-122 at and 42-60 in the ASUN.

Jasick was hired in 2014 to replace Cliff Warren, the most successful coach in JU history. Warren won 126 games in nine seasons before being fired.

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Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.