Cliff Warren

Cliff Warren is a Silver Spring native and played collegiately at Mount St. Mary's. (Melina Vastola, USA Today Sports / November 8, 2013)

The Maryland men's basketball program has hired former Jacksonville University coach Cliff Warren as its new director of basketball operations.

Warren fills the position that was held by Dustin Clark until Clark was elevated to assistant coach in late November.

A native of Silver Spring, Warren spent the past nine seasons as head coach at Jacksonville, where he accounted for a program-record 126 wins and Atlantic Sun championships in 2009 and 2010. The school decided not to renew his contract after this past season, Jacksonville's third straight losing season after five consecutive winning years.

“Cliff is an outstanding addition to our staff,” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. “He brings a wealth of experience at the collegiate level and has had success at a number of different programs. We’re excited for Cliff and his family to return to the Maryland area.”

Before Jacksonville, Warren spent five seasons as an assistant under Paul Hewitt at Georgia Tech, where he helped lead the Yellow Jackets to three NCAA tournaments and the 2004 national final.

Warren is a 1990 graduate of Mount St. Mary's and began his coaching career as an assistant for the Mountaineers, helping guide them to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 1995. He was also an assistant at Siena.

Maryland still has an assistant coach opening after Scott Spinelli left for Boston College earlier this month.