Avery named Assistant Basketball Coach at Stony Brook

Geno Ford has completed his coaching staff with the hiring announcement of Jalen Avery to round out his three assistant coaches.

The former Kent State guard arrives from Northwest Florida State University and East Tennessee State, where he served on each staff after graduating from the Golden Flashes in 2019. 

“I’m excited and appreciative of the opportunity to join Coach Ford’s staff,” Avery said. “I look forward to helping our student athletes develop on and off the court, while continuing the winning culture here at Stony Brook.”

Avery was instrumental in creating, implementing and overseeing skill development, creating individualized skill development protocols for each player while at ETSU. He also helped in developing scouting reports and helped with video edits to send to potential recruits. After that, he jumped to Northwest Florida State, where he served as the main point of contact for recruiting.

“I am really excited to add Coach Avery to our staff. He is a high-character guy who had a terrific career as a player at Kent State,” Ford said. “I believe he is going to be a real asset to our program through his teaching of the game and his ability to be a mentor to our players, especially our guards, where he will have a heavy involvement on a daily basis.”

Winner of the Walter Sage Athletic Memorial Endowed Scholarship before the 2018-19 campaign, he led the nation in assist to turnover ratio at Kent State during his junior season (5.04). He also paced the team with in assists (121) and 3-point field goal percentage (.374) on the 22-win Golden Flashes. 

His 2019-20 tenure at ETSU was an exciting one, helping the Bucs to a 30-4 record and a Southern Conference Championship.


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