Almost three weeks after JU parted ways with head coach Tony Jasick, the program introduced Jordan Mincy as the 17th head coach in program history Friday.
"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. 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 Athletic Director Alex Ricker-Gilbert said.
Mincy comes from just 90 miles away as an assistant at the University of Florida. Mincy has been with the Gators since 2015 when Mike White took over the program from legend Billy Donovan.
Mincy's biggest message in his introductory press conference: whether it be a current or a former player, JU's program is "our" program. He intends for their to be an "open door policy" with Dolphin alumni.
"Like I told Artis [Gilmore] before the press conference: 'Artis, I need you around. I need you sharing your stories, your scars, with this young generation. Let them know that, at JU, even though we're a small, Division I university, we're able to do great things.'"
A longtime recruiter in the state of Florida, Mincy also emphasized the need to recruit in Northeast Florida, calling JU's program a "sleeping giant" for its history and the opportunities it has in front of it.
"JU alumni are high school coaches in this region. [It's important to] understand the passion they have and the passion they wanna have behind this basketball program."