Coach Profiles: Cliff Warren

Position: Associate Head Coach
https://twitter.com/cliffwarren?lang=en

Playing Career:
1986-1990: Mount St. Mary’s University Guard

Coaching Timeline:
1994-97: Mount St. Mary’s University  Assistant Coach
1997-2000: Siena College Assistant Coach
2000-05: Georgia Institute of Technology Assistant Coach
2005-14: Jacksonville University Head Coach
2014-17: University of Maryland Director of operations, player personnel assistant coach
2017: University of Massachusetts Associate Head coach

Overview:

Warren is the longest tenured college coach for the Minuteman and his background will surely benefit a team dominated by youth this season. Additionally, Warren is the only coach on the staff to have played Division 1 College Basketball as he stared for Mount St Mary’s of the Northeast Conference. In his career, he averaged 10.4 points and 5 assists a game and led the mountaineers to their first winning season (16-12) in his senior campaign. These marks were good enough for top fifty in scoring and top five in assists in school history.

After his college career, Warren had a brief stint with the Frederick Flyers of the Atlantic Basketball Association before deciding to focus on a career in coaching. He began with a short internship with the Washington Wizards and just four years after he graduated, Warren returned to his alma mater at Mount. St Mary’s as an assistant coach under Jim Phelan. Phelan ranks fourteenth all time in the history of College basketball in career wins.

After 3 years, he moved to Siena College out of the Mid Atlantic Athletic Conference and served as Assistant Coach once again, this time under Paul Hewitt. In 2000, Hewitt left for Atlantic Coast Conference power Georgia Tech and Warren followed, helping lead them to a national championship appearance in 2004 against UConn and coaching the likes of Chris Bosh and Jarrett Jack (New York Knicks) along the way.

Finally, in 2005, Warren broke through to the head coaching ranks and moved to Jacksonville of the Atlantic Sun. In just 9 seasons, he would become the all time winningest coach in school history (126-150) and lead the team to back to back Conference championships from 2009-2011. Yet, his winning percentage was below average after a few seasons and the Dolphins elected to part ways, leading to his final stop before UMass.

At Maryland, he worked in a new role as Director of Operations and helped lead the Terrapins to three straight NCAA tournaments and seasons of 24+ wins. Additionally, he helped oversee the transition from the ACC to the Big Ten and contributed to the development of Melo Trimble, Jake Layman (Portland Trail Blazers), and Diamond Stone as a Player Personnel Assistant.

From his experience and reputation around the college basketball community, it is not surprising to see Warren involved in higher and International levels of the game. For example, he served as one of the Assistant Coaches on the 2011 USA Basketball U-19 team which featured players such as Tim Hardaway Jr (Atlanta Hawks), Jeremy Lamb, (New Orleans Hornets) and Doug Mcdermott (New York Knicks).  Additionally, two summers ago, Warren was one of four college coaches to participate in the Detroit Pistons NBA  free agent minicamp.

Quote:

“I am humbled and thankful for this opportunity to work with Matt McCall and for the University of Massachusetts,” Warren said. “I am excited to be working with such young, dynamic coaches and I believe our future as a program is bright. I am thrilled about the facilities that we have here and the athletic administration that supports our vision for this team.”

Quote from Umass Athletics article http://umassathletics.com/coaches.aspx?rc=1151&path=mbball

 

 

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