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Jason Mims, who has been an assistant coach under Bob Warming at Saint Louis and Creighton for the past 10 years, will serve in that same role at Penn State, starting with the 2010 season.
A player for Warming at Saint Louis from 1997-99 and a Billiken assistant under him in 2000, Mims has been recognized as one of the best identifiers and developers of collegiate soccer talent in the nation. Honored by College Soccer News as a top assistant on three occasions, he has been a finalist for the AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year, was a member of the 2008 MVC Coaching Staff of the Year, and was named the 2008 NSCAA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
In eight of Mims' nine seasons on the Creighton staff, the Bluejays had at least one National Player of the Year candidate. Creighton has also boasted an offense ranked among the most prolific in the Missouri Valley Conference on an annual basis. During his tenure, the Bluejays won six MVC regular season or tournament titles, earned nine consecutive NCAA Championships bids, and advanced to one College Cup.
As head coach of his club squad, Mims captured five Nebraska state titles. In 2007, the club captured the Region II championship and advanced to nationals, becoming the first ever Nebraska youth soccer team to win a game. Mims was also involved with the Nebraska Olympic Development Program.
During his playing career at Saint Louis, Mims was a two-time All-Conference USA and NSCAA All-Midwest Region selection and part of a 1997 Billiken team that advanced to the College Cup. Mims has remained active in competitive soccer, teaming with former fellow Creighton assistant Johnny Torres to claim the 2008 United States Adult Soccer Association Over 30 Championship and helping to organize a team to qualify and participate in the U.S. Open Cup.
A native of Memphis, Tenn., Mims earned a communication degree from Saint Louis in 1999.