Jose Mori (pronounced MORE-ee) was an assistant coach for the University of Florida women’s basketball program from the 2004-05 season through the 2006-07 campaign. During his three-year tenure, the Gators compiled a 44-45 overall record that included a berth into the 2006 NCAA Championship and to the 2005 WNIT.
Mori, who joined the staff in May of 2004, primarily worked with the development of the wing players, among other duties.
Mori spent the previous two seasons prior to his arrival in Gainesville as an assistant coach at Hofstra, located in Hempstead, N.Y., before being promoted to assistant head coach on April 23, 2004 by Pride head coach Felisha Legette-Jack, the 2004 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Coach of the Year. He was the top assistant on staff during the 2003-04 season, when the team compiled a 14-14 overall record, the first non-losing season since the 1993-94 campaign. The team’s 14 wins were the most since the 1993-94 season, when the squad went 14-13.
He 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 during the 2002 season after being picked to finish seventh in preseason polls.
Before his stint at Richmond, Mori was the head girls basketball coach at Bald Eagle Area High School in Wingate, Pa., from August 1998 to May 2000. While there, he oversaw and coordinated all aspects of the seventh through ninth grade, junior varsity and varsity teams. The varsity team made its first playoff appearance in eight seasons under his direction. Mori has 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), Mori compiled an overall record of 45-11.
A 2000 graduate of Penn State University with a degree in kinesiology, Mori worked as a scout team player for the women’s basketball team under the direction of legendary women’s basketball coach Rene Portland. Current UF assistant coach Michael Peck was an assistant with the Lady Lions for three years while Mori was helping prepare the team.
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.
Jose Mori at a Glance
Date of Birth: June 9, 1976
Hometown: State College, Pa.
Education: Penn State (B.S., kinesiology, 2000)
Playing Background: basketball letterwinner at State College High School (1992-94)
Other Coaching Background:
- Assistant Head Coach/Assistant Coach, Hofstra Univ. (2002-04)
- Assistant Coach, University of Richmond (2000-02)
- Head Coach, Bald Eagle High School (1998-2000)