June 3, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Thundering Herd men's basketball coach Tom Herrion has announced the hiring of Jorge Fernandez as an assistant coach with the Marshall University men's basketball team.
"We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to add Jorge Fernandez to our staff and Marshall basketball family," Herrion said. "His wealth of experience as a college coach will help strengthen our staff and his contacts as a recruiter will only benefit our efforts as we continue to move our program forward."
Fernandez brings 18 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Herd, having spent the previous seven campaigns with the Hurricanes, including the last four as Associate Head Coach. He helped Miami advance to the postseason on five occasions, including an NCAA Tournament berth in 2008 that saw UM grab a first round win over Saint Mary's.
"I am very excited to have the opportunity to work at Marshall University and for Coach Herrion. He is one of the top coaches in the country and I have a great deal of respect for him," Fernandez said. "Marshall is a program with a great tradition and I am excited to be a part of that. I will do everything I can to help us move forward and win a conference championship."
He assisted in leading a Miami team that won 20 or more games in each of the last three years, including a 21-15 mark last season that saw the Hurricanes advance to the quarterfinals of the NIT. Miami grabbed 14 wins over ranked opponents during his tenure.
Named one of the nation's top 25 recruiters by Rivals.com, Fernandez made an immediate impact on the Miami program in his first season, helping a team picked to finish last in the ACC record a 16-13 record and a berth in the NIT.
Prior to his stint with the Hurricanes, Fernandez spent two seasons (2002-04) as an assistant coach at the University of South Alabama and seven years (1995-02) with the University of Central Florida. His 1996 squad at UCF advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
The four-year letterwinner at Stetson University began his coaching career as an assistant at Barry University before working as a graduate assistant at Miami from 1989-91. From 1992 through 1995, Fernandez coached a pair of high schools in the Miami area.
Originally a native of New York, Fernandez moved to Miami as a youth, attending Killian High. He is married to the former Sol Maritza Casiano. The couple has two daughters; Alexis and Olivia.
"I have known Jorge for a long time and I was overwhelmed by the number of people in our industry who spoke so highly of Jorge," Herrion continued. "Please join us as we welcome Jorge, his wife Sol and his two daughters Alexis and Olivia to the Thundering Herd community."