April 16, 2005
Jacksonville, Fla. (AP)- Georgia Tech assistant Cliff Warren and Valdosta State coach Jim Yarbrough were named the finalists for Jacksonville's vacant head coaching spot.
The school plans to announce a new head coach by the end of next week.
The Dolphins are replacing Hugh Durham, the school's winningest coach, who retired last month.
Athletic director Alan Verlander said "In the committee's eyes, these two candidates separated themselves from the rest of the pool. We are confident that either candidate will take the program in the right direction."
Warren has spent the last five years as an assistant to Paul Hewitt at Georgia Tech, whom he helped lead to three NCAA Tournament and one NIT berth, including a national title game appearance in 2004.
The 37-year-old Warren has also coached at Siena and Mount St. Mary's.
The 41-year-old Yarbrough is 97-42 in five seasons at Division II Valdosta State, leading the Blazers to two NCAA Division II appearances.
A 1987 graduate of Florida State, Yarbrough is a Tampa native and has coached high school teams in the Jacksonville area including the Bolles School where he was the associate head coach and one of his players was new Jacksonville University Athletic director Alan Verlander.
He has also been an assistant at West Florida and College of Charleston.
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