Jason Ivey Named Director of Player Development at Temple

Head coach Aaron McKie is bringing back another former Owl with the announcement that Jason Ivey will join his staff as Director of Player Development for men’s basketball.   A former teammate of McKie’s, Ivey played on four NCAA Tournament teams, including the 1993 Elite Eight team.   

“I am so happy to welcome Jason back to Temple,” said McKie.  “I have known Jason since our playing days and he brings high work ethic and passion to our program.  He also has worked in college basketball at two Division I schools besides spending a year on Coach Chaney’s staff, and his experience will truly help our players and program.”

“I am truly excited and thankful to return to Temple and be a part of Aaron’s staff,” said Ivey.  “Temple has provided me with a foundation not only in basketball, but in life. I am looking forward to working with the current players to help instill that foundation in them.”

Ivey, who played in 126 games for the Owls from 1992-96, was the sixth man on the team’s 1993 Elite Eight run as a freshman and started 40 games throughout his career.  He was an integral part of Temple teams that won 82 games over his four-year career, scoring 624 points and pulling down 564 rebounds.  He led the Owls in field goal percentage as a junior in 1994-95 and tied for team honors in blocks as a senior. 

Following graduation from the Fox School of Business where he earned degrees in General Strategic Management and Business Law, Ivey played professionally in the United States Basketball League with the Philadelphia Power (1997) and then made stops in Australia and China before retiring in 1998.  He returned to basketball in 1999 as a graduate assistant with the Owls, spending one season learning under Chaney. 

In 2000, Ivey joined former Temple assistant Dean Demopoulos’ staff at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  He was there seven seasons, the last six under head coach Rich Zvosec.  At UMKC, he was not only a coach, but also handled team travel as well as working with the team’s academic counseling.  

Following a head coaching change at UMKC, Ivey spent a year away from basketball before becoming the Director of Men’s Basketball Operations at Hartford.  He was with the Hawks for two seasons before returning to his hometown of Gadsen, Ala. to work at Ronnie Watkins Ford.

A basketball legend at Emma Sansom High School, Ivey was inducted into the Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.