Legette-Jack Adds Jose Mori to Coaching Staff
May 16, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head women's basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack has announced the addition of assistant coach Jose Mori to the coaching staff.
Mori spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Florida. His on-court duties for the Gators included the development of the wing players.
"Jose and I worked together at Hofstra University where we built a team from nothing to something really special in a short period of time," Legette-Jack said. "After our second year when we got Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year, Florida came and asked him to join their staff. He did a tremendous job with the Gators. He knows our system and respects what we're trying to do here at Indiana. It's great to have Jose come back home."
Mori was instrumental in the development of the Gators' leading scorer Sha Brooks, a 5-7 sophomore and Honorable Mention All-Southeastern Conference selection that averaged 15.4 points per game and sank a team-best 55 treys.
"Indiana has an amazing history and basketball tradition, and I am honored to be a part of that," Mori said. "I am very happy to be back working with Coach Jack. IU has a beautiful campus and an amazing college atmosphere, which is ideal for recruiting. I am very fortunate to be with such a great program."
The 2000 graduate of Penn State and native of State College, Pa., Mori spent two seasons as an assistant coach under Legette-Jack at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., before being promoted to assistant head coach by Legette-Jack on April 23, 2004. He was the top assistant on staff during the 2003-04 season, when the team recorded 14 wins, which were the most since the 1993-94 season.
Mori 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 in 2002, after being picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll.
Prior to his time at Richmond, Mori was the head girl's basketball coach at Bald Eagle Area High School in Wingate, Pa., from August 1998 to May 2000. Mori led Bald Eagle to its first playoff appearance in eight seasons. He 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) teams, Mori compiled an overall record of 45-11.
While attending Penn State, Mori worked as a scout team player for the women's basketball team under the direction of legendary women's basketball coach Rene Portland.
He is married to the former Christine Portland, who was a four-year basketball letterwinner at Penn State. The couple has one girl, Mackenzie, born on April 8, 2006.
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