Jose Mori Joins Women's Basketball Staff

Former Hofstra University assistant head coach Jose Mori (pronounced MORE-ee) has been named an assistant coach for the University of Florida women's basketball team, Gators head coach Carolyn Peck announced today. He replaces Kerry Cremeans, who left earlier this month for a similar position at Auburn.

"Jose is a basketball junkie and a tireless recruiter," Peck said. "He has had to roll up his sleeves and really help (Hofstra head coach) Felisha Legette-Jack jump-start the Hofstra program and they've done a great job. Jose's been around basketball most of his life. He has a passion for the game which is infectious. He's a great addition to the Gators."

"The University of Florida is a wonderful place; it's top-notch in every sense of the word," Mori said. "From the facilities to the academics to the weather, there's not another program that can offer a student-athlete more than the University of Florida can. The Florida name says it all and I'm proud and excited about becoming a part of the Gator family."

Mori spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Hofstra, located in Hempstead, N.Y., before being promoted to assistant head coach on April 23, 2004 by Pride head coach Felisha Legette-Jack, the 2004 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Coach of the Year. He was the top assistant on staff during the 2003-04 season, when the team compiled a 14-14 overall record, the first non-losing season since the 1993-94 campaign. The team's 14 wins were the most since the 1993-94 season, when the squad went 14-13.

He began his collegiate coaching career in August 2000, when he was an assistant coach at the University of Richmond. During his two years with the Spiders, he was involved with recruiting and oversaw the development of the guards and forwards. Richmond finished second in the Atlantic 10 West Division during the 2002 season after being picked to finish seventh in preseason polls.

Before his stint at Richmond, Mori was the head girls basketball coach at Bald Eagle Area High School in Wingate, Pa., from August 1998 to May 2000. While there, he oversaw and coordinated all aspects of the seventh through ninth grade, junior varsity and varsity teams. The varsity team made its first playoff appearance in eight seasons under his direction. Mori has also coached at various levels of the Nittany Valley AAU program. As head coach of the 14 and under (1997), 15 and under (1998) and 16 and under (1999), Mori compiled an overall record of 45-11.

A 2000 graduate of Penn State University with a degree in kinesiology, Mori worked as a scout team player for the women's basketball team under the direction of legendary women's basketball coach Rene Portland. Current UF assistant coach Michael Peck was an assistant with the Lady Lions for three years while Mori was helping prepare the team. He is married to the former Christine Portland.

Jose Mori at a Glance
Date of Birth: June 9, 1976
Hometown: State College, Pa.
Education: Penn State (B.S., kinesiology, 2000)
Height: 6-foot-3
Playing Background: basketball letterwinner at State College High School (1992-94)

Coaching Background:
*Assistant Head Coach/Assistant Coach, Hofstra University (2002-04)
*Assistant Coach, University of Richmond (2000-02)
*Head Coach, Bald Eagle High School (1998-2000)

Of Interest:
*Was a member of Penn State's scout team when he was an undergraduate
*Helped the Lady Lion Basketball team while current UF assistant coach Michael Peck was an assistant coach with the team
*Is married to the former Christine Portland, the daughter of PSU head coach Rene Portland
*Born in Lima, Peru

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