After nine years at the helm of Warner Pacific University Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Jared Valentine has resigned, effective July 14th, Director of Athletics, Mike Wilson announced.
“I want to thank Jared for his leadership over the Men’s Basketball program over the past nine years,” stated Wilson. “Jared has had tremendous success at the helm of the program and I have had the great honor of working alongside him for the past two years in continuing the legacy of the Men’s Basketball Program here at Warner Pacific. I could not be happier for Jared and I am in full support of this next step in his career. Warner Pacific University wishes nothing but the best for the entire Valentine family”.
The Warner Pacific alum, who played two seasons for the Knights (1999-01) under his father and legendary coach, Bart Valentine, leaves the program with a 183-106 overall and a 106-62 Cascade Collegiate Conference record while adding seven NAIA All-Americans, 21 All-Conference and seven Academic All-Conference players.
In his nine seasons as head coach, Valentine’s team appeared in the NAIA Championship Tournament six times, the last being the 2017-18 season and under his direction, the Knights won two CCC Championships. During the 2014-15 season, where the Knights were predicted to place seventh in the conference, Valentine led the squad to capturing the CCC Championship, thus earning the CCC Coach of the Year Award.
Reflecting on the past nine years, Valentine expressed his gratitude for the WPU community, “I feel deeply grateful to have served as the head coach at Warner Pacific. I want to say thank you to the community, and most importantly to all the players I was privileged to coach. Warner will always feel like home.”
Jared will continue to make an impact on student-athletes as he moves into an Athletic Administration role at a local Portland high school.
Mike Wilson will be naming an interim head coach in the days to come as the national search for Valentine’s replacement commences.
Story Courtesy Abby Wilson, Sports Information Director