FORT WAYNE – Tony Jasick has seen plenty of changes and growth since joining the IPFW men’s basketball program in 2005.
IPFW will make sure its head coach for the last two seasons will stay around to oversee more progress, announcing Thursday a two-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season for Jasick at a news conference.
When we got here, it was just in the beginning phase of the Division I process, said Jasick, who started as an assistant coach under former coach Dane Fife in the 2005-06 season.
Coach (Doug) Noll did a great job with what he had to work with. Fortunately for us, Dane was able to move the program forward. The administration was eager to continue to move forward. We’ve seen that literally every year, whether it be from facility improvements; obviously, the league affiliation has helped. Every year there have been significant improvements since we got here.
Jasick arrived at IPFW five years after the school moved from Division II to Division I and was part of the basketball staff when the Mastodons joined the Mid-Continent Conference, which was renamed the Summit League, in the 2007-08 season.
Jasick was an assistant coach for three years and associate head coach for four years before he replaced Fife as head coach on April 20, 2011.
Jasick collected the most wins in an IPFW basketball coach’s first two seasons in the program’s Division I era, guiding the Mastodons to a 27-36 record and 12-22 in Summit League play. IPFW also improved in the classroom under Jasick as the team has posted back-to-back perfect Annual Progress Report scores and a team GPA of 2.99 in that time.
Under Coach Jasick, he and his staff have improved on the court and in the classroom, IPFW interim athletic director Kelley Hartley Hutton said. The university is very excited about the direction of the program under his leadership. This contract extension is very critical for him to continue to recruit class and top-notch student-athletes.
The Mastodons, who went 16-17 last year, open this season on the road against Dayton on Nov. 9.