JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – New Jacksonville University men’s basketball head coach Tony Jasick has hit the ground running in his first month in charge of the program. In addition to spending countless hours on the recruiting trail, putting the returning players through workouts and the small matter of moving his family to Florida, he’s also recently completed the core of his coaching staff hiring three assistant coaches.
“When putting our staff together, I wanted to bring in high-character guys who were highly motivated and brought great experience levels to Jacksonville,” said Jasick. “Each of these guys will work every day to put our student-athletes in the best possible situation to succeed on and off the court.”
The first new hire is someone very familiar with Jasick. Azeez Ali spent the last four seasons on the IPFW coaching staff, serving as Jasick’s assistant for the last three seasons. A Delaware native and 2004 graduate of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Ali got his start in the coaching ranks at Cecil Community College in Maryland. In his two seasons at CCC, the Seahawks compiled a 66-5 record and won the 2006-07 NJCAA Division II National Championship. From there he moved onto the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, spending two seasons with the Mocs as Director of Basketball Operations and helping the team advance into the 2008-09 NCAA Tournament.