IPFW names Jon Coffman head coach; spent three seasons as assistant coach
FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- IPFW director of athletics Kelley Hartley Hutton has named assistant coach Jon Coffman as the Mastodons' head coach -- the 12th head coach in the history of the program.
"I cannot describe how humbled and honored I am to have the opportunity to lead a program of this caliber, and I am eager to work with such passionate people who have a great vision for IPFW," Coffman said. "Also, I am very lucky to work for a tremendous coach and tireless administrator in Kelley Hartley Hutton and look forward to working with her to continue to build the IPFW basketball tradition."
Coffman has spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach with the Mastodons, which are coming off of a school-record 25 wins during the 2013-14 season, and a berth into the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The team ended the season with the eighth-best field-goal percentage in Division I, while ranking 16th in 3-point field-goal percentage, 20th in total 3-point field goals, and 27th in total assists.
"We are extremely excited about Jon being our next men's basketball coach," Hartley Hutton said. "Not only has Jon been a part of the current Mastodons success, but has worked and learned from a number of remarkable head coaches during his career. He brings a strong work ethic, and the program could not be in more capable hands."
Prior to coming to IPFW, Coffman spent time working with coaches that combined for more than 1,200 wins, including two Hall of Fame college coaches whose courts are named in their honor (John Kresse at the College of Charleston and Bob Johnson at Emory and Henry), and three that hold their schools' all-time win mark (Emmett Davis of Colgate, Kresse and Johnson).
Coffman was the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at Colgate, where he worked with Davis, and prior to that he spent eight seasons on the staff at Stetson. Working as the recruiting coordinator for the Hatters, the team won 33 of its last 44 home games, and recorded the highest conference finish in program history. His coaching tenure also includes stops at the College of Charleston -- where it won the Southern Conference division title -- and at Emory and Henry.
Coffman replaces Tony Jasick, who resigned after three seasons as head coach to take the head coach position at Jacksonville.
"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that Tony gave me, and I would not be where I am today without him being both an incredible mentor and friend," Coffman said. "I am unbelievably proud of what we accomplished as a program over the past three years and am excited to see his future success at Jacksonville University.