UCF head men’s basketball coach Johnny Dawkins has announced the hiring of Jamill Jones as an assistant coach for the Knights.
“I am excited to add Jamill to my staff,” said Dawkins, who was hired on March 23. “He is one of the top young coaches in the country and has worked with some great programs in VCU and Florida Gulf Coast. He has a big recruiting presence up and down the east coast, including the state of Florida, and is considered by many an outstanding individual instructor, which is key in helping us build a competitive program at UCF.”
Jones spent the 2015-16 season as an assistant at VCU, helping guide the program to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and a share of the Atlantic 10 regular season championship. In “The Big Dance”, the 10th-seeded Rams upset seventh-seeded Oregon State in the first round before falling to eventual Final Four participant and second-seeded Oklahoma, 85-81.
Prior to his stint in Virginia, the Washington, D.C., native assisted in leading Florida Gulf Coast to three consecutive postseason appearances and back-to-back 22-win seasons, which is tied for the second-most in FGCU’s Division I history. In 2013-14, Jones and the Eagles won its first Atlantic Sun Conference regular season championship and made its first trip to the NIT.
Before starting his collegiate coaching career, Jones spent five years as an assistant coach with Nike Team Takeover out of Washington, D.C. Over the five-year span, he worked with more than 70 Division-I scholarship players and captured the 2010 EYBL Championship under head coach Keith Stevens.
Jones also helped organize and run the 2011 and 2012 National High School Hoop Festival, in addition to serving as a skills instructor at the 2012 Nike Skills Summit.
Jones graduated from Arkansas Tech in 2008 after playing one season at North Platte Community College where he is one of 50 players in the program’s history to be named to the Athletic Department’s Hall of Fame.
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