Jones named Assistant Coach and Director of Player Development at Detroit Mercy

The University of Detroit Mercy men’s basketball staff continues to be assembled as head coach Mark Montgomery has announced Ian Jones as an Assistant Coach and Director of Player Development.

Jones is a former basketball player at East Carolina and was a graduate assistant at Michigan State for the last three years, when Montgomery was on staff. 

“Ian is a young and upcoming coach who loves the game of basketball and is a tireless worker,” said Montgomery. “He was a student manager in college who kept working and earned a spot on the team, so that shows you the determination he has and the competitiveness and work ethic that he will bring to the program.”

With the Spartans, he assisted the coaching staff in creating player personnel and defensive scouting reports, broke down film, and helped with individual and team workouts. MSU totaled 64 wins and made the NCAA Tournament all three years, reaching the Sweet 16 in 2023.

At ECU, he started as a team manager for two seasons before earning a spot on the roster and was a member of the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.

He earned a degree in Sports Studies with a minor in Parks and Recreation from East Carolina in 2021 and his master’s in Sports Coaching and Leadership from Michigan State in 2023.

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