FORT WAYNE — IPFW men’s basketball coach Tony Jasick is no longer IPFW’s men’s basketball coach.
Jasick confirmed by text late Tuesday that he had accepted an offer to succeed Cliff Warren as Jacksonville University’s head basketball coach.
“This announcement comes with mixed emotions,” Jasick wrote. “I am extremely excited about the opportunity in front of me and my family, but also realize that we are leaving a great place and great friends. Fort Wayne has become our home and will always be a special place to us.
“I want to thank everyone for their support and friendship over the last nine years.”
IPFW athletic director Kelley Hartley Hutton said Tuesday night that the school would release a statement today regarding its plans for the program’s future. The school awarded Jasick a two-year extension last October but made no counteroffer although Hartley Hutton said Jasick and IPFW officials had been in communication through “this whole process.”
“Tony was very upfront with us, very honest. I wish him all the best,” Hartley Hutton said.
Jasick just finished his third season as IPFW’s head coach, in which the Mastodons won a Division I school-record 25 games, reached the Summit League tournament championship game for the first time and landed their first postseason berth in the CollegeInsider.com tournament. Now he’ll return to a part of the country where he has spent much of his coaching career.
A Muskegon, Mich., native, he left to play at Mars Hill College in North Carolina, then was a graduate assistant and assistant coach at North Alabama, Newberry (S.C.) and Middle Tennessee State.
At IPFW, Jasick’s top assistant was Jon Coffman, who spent eight seasons as an assistant at Stetson in Florida, and his 2013-14 team was anchored around Florida recruits Pierre Bland, Steve Forbes and Luis Jacobo.
At Jacksonville, he’ll take over a program that hasn’t made the NCAA tournament in 28 years, and he’ll be moving from the 18th-ranked conference in the country (the Summit League) to the 24th-ranked conference (the Atlantic Sun). The Dolphins’ average attendance this season was just 1,125, but they played nine of their 15 home games in Veterans Memorial Arena, a 15,000-seat facility that opened in 2003.