Chris Jones has been named the Director of Operations for the Utah men’s basketball team, head coach Larry Krystkowiak announced on Friday.
“We are very excited to welcome Chris back to our Ute Family,” said Krystkowiak. “CJ is a quality individual who understands this profession and possesses the traits needed for success.”
A familiar face to the program, Jones previously served as the video coordinator for the Runnin’ Utes from 1995-97 under former head coach Rick Majerus. He later served as the director of ops from 2005-07 before making the move to the bench as an assistant coach from 2006-08.
Jones spent the previous eight seasons as an assistant coach at Utah State where his primary duties included coaching the guards, as well as in-state recruiting. He was also in charge of a USU defense that led the Western Athletic Conference in points allowed four times in five years, and in field goal percentage defense for three out of five years.
Jones began his coaching career in London, England as the head coach of Wurthing Bears from 1998-99 before spending three years as an instructor at Champions Athletic Academy. He then returned to the collegiate ranks as an assistant at Westminster College from 2003-04 before making his way to the U.
Jones played collegiately at Utah for two seasons (1993-94) and was part of the 1993 team that won the Western Athletic Conference regular season championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He graduated from Utah in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.