Clifff Warren was named director of player development on April 21, 2017 after serving the past three seasons as assistant coach for the Terrapins. During the past three seasons, Warren and the Terps have won a total of 79 games and advanced to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
A collegiate coach for more than two decades, Warren originally joined the Terps as the director of basketball operations in April, 2014 before Turgeon promoted him to assistant coach. Prior to joining Maryland, Warren spent the previous nine seasons as head coach at Jacksonville University.
“Cliff has been an outstanding addition to our staff,” Turgeon said. “He has made a seamless transition into our program and will continue to be a valuable asset with his strong ties to our region and his head coaching experience at the Division I level. Throughout his career, Cliff has been recognized and well-respected for his knowledge of the game, his recruiting ability and his development of players on and off the court.”
Warren has made an immediate impact in College Park over his first two seasons. The Terps have combined to win 55 games – adding up to the second-most wins during a two-year span in program history. Warren has coached in the ACC, Atlantic Sun, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and the Northeast Conference. With his past experience, Warren played an integral role in Maryland’s transition into the Big Ten Conference. Under Warren’s leadership, the Terps thrived in their first two seasons as members of the Big Ten Conference, earning a pair of top-3 finishes and compiling a 26-10 (.722) overall conference record.
In 2015-16, Warren was instrumental in developing five All-Big Ten performers, including guard Melo Trimble (Second Team All-Big Ten) who was also named to the Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America Team. Center Diamond Stone was a Third Team All-Big Ten selection and was named Associated Press Big Ten Newcomer of the Year. Forwards Jake Layman and Robert Carter, Jr., as well as guard Rasheed Sulaimon each earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors.
At Jacksonville University, Warren accounted for 126 wins – a program coaching record – and led the Dolphins to a pair of Atlantic Sun Championships in 2009 and 2010. He was also named Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year after the 2009 season.
A native of Silver Spring, Md., Warren spent five seasons as an assistant to Paul Hewitt at Georgia Tech, where he helped lead the Yellow Jackets to 96 wins and three NCAA Tournament appearances – including the school’s first-ever trip to the NCAA National Championship game in 2004.
Prior to joining the Tech staff, Warren spent three years (1998-2000) as an assistant at Siena College under Hewitt, where he helped lead the Saints to a 66- 27 record, two postseason berths and three straight appearances in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament finals.
In 1999, Siena won the MAAC Tournament title and made its first NCAA Tournament visit in 10 years, while ranking third in the nation in scoring with 86.6 points per game.
The Saints followed that by winning the 2000 MAAC regular-season championship and advancing to the second round of the NIT, while once again finishing as the third-highest scoring team in the country (86.7 ppg).Warren's work at Siena was recognized by Eastern Basketball magazine, naming him one of the top recruiters at a mid-major program.
Warren started his career as an assistant at his alma mater, Mount St. Mary's, under the legendary Jim Phelan.
In 1995, Warren helped lead the Mountaineers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance after winning the Northeast Conference Tournament. He followed that with an NIT appearance in 1996 after Mount St. Mary's won the Northeast Conference regular season championship.
Warren was a two-year starter for the Mountaineers, where he finished his career ranked in the top five in assists and top 50 in scoring in the school record book. As a senior in 1989-90, he averaged 10.4 points and 5.0 assists per game, while leading The Mount to its first winning season in Division I (16-12).
Warren began his career at his alma mater, Mount St. Mary’s, and helped guide the Mountaineers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1995. He graduated from Mount St. Mary’s in 1990.
Warren earned his bachelor of science in business finance from Mount St. Mary's in 1990 and then worked as a graduate assistant coach and earned a master of business administration in 1993.
Before returning to Mount St. Mary's as an assistant coach in 1994,Warren played professionally for the Frederick Flyers of the Atlantic Basketball Association. Midway through the season, he was named assistant coach. He worked as an intern for the NBA's Washington Wizards in 1993-94.
During the summer of 2016, Warren was selected as one of four college coaches to participate in the NBA’s Detroit Pistons free agent minicamp. The camp allowed Warren to participate in practice sessions and to spend time with coaches and management to gain insight into their overall evaluation process.
In 2011, Warren served as an assistant coach on the USA Basketball U-19 team.
Warren is married to the former Jennifer Love, and the couple has one child, Jon Clifford (J.C.) II.