Jorge Fernandez recently completed his first season as an assistant coach at Marshall University.
With Fernandez' assistance in 2012, Marshall went 21-14 and earned a bid to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) for the first time in 24 years. The Herd also made the Conference USA Championship game for the first time in school history and the first team ever to do so as a No. 6 seed.
With the help of Fernandez, two Herd players were named All-Conference USA as DeAndre Kane was named to the second team and Damier Pitts was named to the third team.
"We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to add Jorge Fernandez to our staff and Marshall basketball family," head coach Tom Herrion said at the time of Fernandez' hire. "His wealth of experience as a college coach will help strengthen our staff and his contacts as a recruiter will only benefit our efforts as we continue to move our program forward."
Prior to Marshall, Fernandez spent seven seasons at the University of Miami, including the last four as associate head coach. He helped the Hurricanes advance to the postseason on five occasions, including an NCAA Tournament berth in 2008 that saw UM grab a first round win over Saint Mary's.
He assisted in leading a Miami team that won 20 or more games in each of the last three years, including a 21-15 mark last season that saw the Hurricanes advance to the quarterfinals of the NIT. Miami grabbed 14 wins over ranked opponents during his tenure.
Named one of the nation's top 25 recruiters by Rivals.com, Fernandez made an immediate impact on the Miami program in his first season, helping a team picked to finish last in the ACC record a 16-13 record and a berth in the NIT.
Prior to his stint with the Hurricanes, Fernandez spent two seasons (2002-04) as an assistant coach at the University of South Alabama and seven years (1995-02) with the University of Central Florida. His 1996 squad at UCF advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
The four-year letterwinner at Stetson University began his coaching career as an assistant at Barry University before working as a graduate assistant at Miami from 1989-91. From 1992 through 1995, Fernandez coached a pair of high schools in the Miami area.
Originally a native of New York, Fernandez moved to Miami as a youth, attending Killian High. He is married to the former Sol Maritza Casiano. The couple has two daughters; Alexis and Olivia.