Jose Fernandez

Head Women’s Basketball Coach
University of South Florida

Experience

2000 – Present: Head Coach, University of South Florida

2000: Interim Head Coach/Assistant Coach, University of South Florida

1999 – 2000: Assistant Coach, Barry University

1996 – 1999: Head Coach, Lourdes Academy (FL)

1994 – 1996: Assistant Coach, Barry University (m)

1992 – 1994: Assistant Coach, Miami Sunset Senior HS (b)

1991 – 1992: Assistant Coach, Miami-Dade CC (m)

Education

1994: Florida International University, Bachelors, Physical Education

Personal

Hometown: Miami, FL

Family: Tonya (Wife) & Sydnie, Alex, Taylor, Brianna, Brooke (Children)

Career Highlights

Career Division I Record
416-285 (.593)

20+ Win Seasons (10)
2021-22, 2017-18, 2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2008-09, 2006-07, 2004-05

Winning Seasons (17)
2021-22, 2020-21, 2019-20, 2018-19, 2017-18, 2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2011-12, 2008-09, 2007-08, 2006-07, 2005-06, 2004-05, 2001-02

Power Five Wins (22)
ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC
*since 2013-14

Conference Coach of the Year (2)
2020-21, 2017-18 AAC

Conference Regular Season Championships (1)
2020-21 AAC

Conference Tournament Championships (1)
2020-21 AAC

NCAA Tournament Berths (8)
2021-22, 2020-21, 2017-18, 2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2012-13, 2005-06

WNIT Berths (9)
2018-19, 2013-14, 2011-12, 2009-10, 2008-09, 2007-08, 2006-07, 2004-05, 2003-04

Final Top 25 Poll Rankings (4)
2020-21, 2017-18, 2015-16, 2014-15

2020-21 & 2017-18 American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, as well as finalist for 2020-21 National Coach of the Year

The all-time winningest coach in South Florida program history with a 416-285 (.593) record, including 10 21+ win seasons and 17 post-season berths (eight NCAA Tournaments & the 2008-09 WNIT Championship)

Over the previous seven seasons (2014 to 2022), has guided USF to a 181-75 (.707) overall and 94-35 (.729) AAC record, one AAC Regular Season Championship, one AAC Tournament Championship, six appearances in the AAC Tournament Championship game (falling four times to UConn), and six NCAA Tournament berths

In 2020-21, led USF to the first conference regular season & tournament championships (AAC) in program history

USF’s scoring defense finished nationally ranked 12th in 2021-22, 16th in 2020-21, and 15th in 2018-19

Has signed six recruiting classes to USF that ranked in the top-50 nationally

As USF’s Head Coach, has recruited and coached 46 all-conference team selections, as well as two Scholar-Athletes of the Year, four Freshman of the Year, and five WNBA draft picks

Has served as the President of Head Coaches for both the AAC and Big East conferences

“He’s one of the best young coaches in America. He’s a really good guy who has done a lot for the game. He’s been tremendously successful at South Florida. He’s done a lot for that program. He also does a lot for the WBCA and the coaches in [the AAC]. He’s just a guy who cares a lot about what’s going on.”
Geno Auriemma, UConn Head Coach

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