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Source: IPFW chooses Coffman as coach

IPFW athletic director Kelley Hartley Hutton said Tuesday evening the search for Tony Jasick’s successor at IPFW would not be a lengthy one.

It wasn’t.

Sources indicated Wednesday that Jasick’s top assistant, Jon Coffman, would be hired as the school’s new head basketball coach. The school has scheduled a news conference at the Gates Center for 1 p.m. today.

Coffman, a 1996 graduate in economics and geology from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., came to IPFW two seasons ago from Colgate University, where he was the top assistant under the school’s all-time winningest coach, Emmett Davis. Prior to that, he spent eight seasons at Stetson in Florida, where he established recruiting ties that later helped IPFW land three key members of this season’s 25-11 team – Steve Forbes, Pierre Bland and Luis Jacobo, all native Floridians.

In his five seasons as the recruiting coordinator at Stetson, the school won 33 of 44 home games, had their highest conference finish in program history and set school records for victories in the Division I era. During his time there, Stetson landed three Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team members, six all-conference selections, 15 all-state players in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, a junior college All-American, the 2009 conference defensive player of the year, the 2003 NCAA steals leader and eight players that have gone on to play professionally.

Before leaving Stetson in 2009, Coffman helped to recruit and lay the groundwork for Stetson to secure the A-Sun’s top recruiting classes in both 2009 and 2010, as rated by ESPN.com.

In addition to Colgate and Stetson, Coffman has also coached at College of Charleston and Emory & Henry College.

As a player at Washington & Lee, Coffman was a three-year starter for the Generals and captain of the 1995-96 squad.

He still holds three school records.

bensmith@jg.net

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