Dolphins name Gators assistant Jordan Mincy as new basketball coach

Gene Frenette
Florida Times-Union
Jacksonville University is set to name Florida assistant coach Jordan Mincy as its 17th head basketball coach on Thursday, replacing Tony Jasick.

Jordan Mincy, a six-year assistant at Florida during Mike White’s tenure with the Gators, was named Thursday as the 17th head basketball coach at Jacksonville University, the school announced.

Mincy, considered one of the brightest young assistants in the country, replaces Tony Jasick, who was dismissed on March 7 after compiling a seven-year record of 95-123 overall and 42-60 in the ASUN Conference. Mincy signed a five-year contract Thursday and also held a meeting with the JU players before the school officially named him as its coach.

"I can't wait to get to work as we start writing the next chapter in Jacksonville basketball history," Mincy said in a news release issued by the university. "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."

Prior to his six seasons with Florida, the 34-year-old Mincy worked one season with White at Louisiana Tech before coming to Gainesville. The Kent State graduate, who becomes the second Black coach in JU men’s basketball history after Cliff Warren (2005-14), began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at South Carolina (2009-10). He spent the next four years in assistant jobs at Kent State, College of Charleston and Toledo before joining White at Louisiana Tech.

Mincy, a native of Memphis, ranks seventh on Kent State’s all-time career list with 347 assists and second in games played at 135. A point guard and strong defender, Mincy led the Golden Flashes to 93 wins and two NCAA tournament appearances.

He will take over a JU program that has struggled to break into the top half of the ASUN standings and stay there. Since Warren led the Dolphins to back-to-back regular season conference championships in 2009 and 2010, followed by a 13-7 mark in 2011, JU is 65-91 in league play over the last decade.

"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," JU athletic director Alex Ricker-Gilbert said. "I believe Jordan Mincy is the exact fit we were looking for to take up this charge."

During Mincy’s time at Florida, the Gators are one of 10 programs to win an NCAA tournament game in each of the last four years the event has been staged, including a run to the Elite Eight in 2017. Mincy was one of three Tech assistants, along with Darris Nichols and Dustin May, that White brought with him to Gainesville.

Mincy will get the benefit of JU opening up a new $8 million on-campus practice facility, though the Dolphins will continue to play home games next door at 1,200-seat Swisher Gym. The school celebrated the 50th anniversary of its only Final Four team last year, but has not been to the NCAA tournament since 1986.

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