Byron Jones
Byron  Jones

Oklahoma City, Okla.

Assistant Coach


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Last Updated: July 22, 2014

Byron Jones enters his fourth season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator on the Fresno State men's basketball staff, primarily responsible for recruiting, scouting, and skill development.

Jones was part of the staff that led the Bulldogs to the program's first 20-win season in seven years and also coached freshman guard/forward Paul Watson to Freshman All-American and Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors, along with two other all-conference selections in guards Tyler Johnson and Marvelle Harris.

Jones was an instrumental factor in the Bulldogs' most recent recruiting class that ranks as one of the highest rated classes in school history. Freshmen Eugene Artison, Isaiah Bailey and Terrell Carter II, and junior guard Darnell Taylor, all join Fresno State for the upcoming campaign. The 'Dogs also add redshirt sophomore forward Braeden Anderson, who missed all of last season due to a neck injury, and Texas transfer shooting guard Julien Lewis to their rotation.

In the classroom, Fresno State posted a program-record 980 Academic Progress Rate for the 2012-13 season - the most recent year for which the NCAA has announced its academic ratings.

Jones came to the San Joaquin Valley via Winston-Salem State University where he was an assistant coach for the 2010-11 season. He helped lead the program to a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division Title and a berth in the 2011 NCAA Division II Tournament. The Rams also went undefeated in their non-conference schedule en route to a 19 win season, the most in the past six seasons.

Prior to joining the Winston-Salem State coaching staff, Jones spent four years as the Director of Basketball Operations at Premiere Basketball, Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri and head boys coach at Saint Mary's High School in Independence, Mo. It was at Saint Mary's that Jones led the team to its best finish in 10 years, and with K.C. Premiere Basketball, he sent over 50 athletes to play collegiate basketball.

His last collegiate coaching experience came at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington where he helped guide the Seahawks to an 83-40 record over a four-year period with the program and helped guide the team to a pair of Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) titles and two appearances in the NCAA tournament..

Jones' collegiate coaching career has also included stints at the University of Denver, Eastern Kentucky, and Central Oklahoma.

Jones enjoyed a stellar career at Ulysses S. Grant High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. A four-year letter winner, Jones was named the Oklahoma City Player of the Year and earned first team All-State honors following his senior season. During his high school career, Jones was also named to the Oklahoma Rams Junior Olympics national championship team alongside future NBA players Richard Dumas, Byron Houston and Brent Price.

Jones received two degrees from Central Oklahoma - a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports and Recreation Management in 1993 along with a master's degree in Physical Education in 1995.

An Oklahoma City, Oklahoma native, and born on Nov. 9, 1968, Jones has three children - Antigone, Tannah and Bryton.

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