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Sadiaa Jones has been an integral part in the success Fresno State has had over the last five years. Jones enters her sixth year as an assistant coach at Fresno State where her primary responsibilities include working with the post players and serving as the recruiting coordinator. Jones has been vital in the Bulldogs history making seasons.
In 2010-11, the Bulldogs went 25-8 overall and 14-2 in conference action. The `Dogs entered the WAC Tournament as the No. 2 seed behind rival Louisiana Tech, which was the only league team to beat Fresno State. The Bulldogs made the championship game and with the help of a buzzer beating shot from Bree Farley, the `Dogs earned its fourth-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
In 2009-10, the Bulldogs won a school record 27 games (27-7), became the first WAC school to go undefeated in conference play (16-0) since Louisiana Tech in 2002-03 and earned the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament at-large berth. It was also the first-time a Fresno State team had gone undefeated in conference play. Fresno State also rattled off a school-record 19-game winning streak, which at the time was the fifth longest winning streak in the country.
Fresno State won its third straight WAC regular season championship in 2010 and advanced to the conference tournament title game for the third straight year. During the season Fresno State boasted a program-best 27 RPI late in the year and they were one spot away from entering the Top 25 just before the start of the WAC Tournament.
Fresno State also boasted six academic All-WAC honorees in 2010, the most in the WAC this year and it tied the program record for most in the 45-year history. During the season junior Jaleesa Ross became the Fresno State all-time 3-pointer leader, passing Lindsay Logan, who played at Fresno State from 2000-03.
Fresno State enjoyed a magical season in 2008-09 when the team repeated as WAC regular season and tournament champions, earning its second-straight berth in the NCAA tournament. The `Dogs became the first team to repeat as WAC tournament champions since Louisiana Tech in 2003-04. Fresno State also improved their seeding in the NCAA tournament from a 14 seed to a 13 seed and played fourth-seeded Cal on the campus of USC. The Bulldogs 24-9 record tied a school record for most wins, set by Wiggins' 2005-06 team.
In 2008-09, the Bulldogs led the country in 3-pointers making 309 from beyond the arc, good for a mark of 9.4 a game. The 309 total set a new school and WAC record and was the second most in NCAA history. The Bulldogs also attempted an NCAA, WAC and school record 893 3-pointers.
Defensively, the Bulldogs allowed a league-best 56.3 points in conference games while leading the WAC in rebounding margin at 4.4 a game.
In 2007-08, Jones helped guide the Bulldogs to the schools' first ever NCAA tournament appearance The Bulldogs finished their record breaking year with a 22-11 record and a 14-2 conference mark. The success Fresno State had was noticed by coaches and media from around the country as Tierre Wilson was named WAC Player of the Year and Honorable Mention AP All American. Freshman Jaleesa Ross was named the WAC Newcomer of the Year. During the season the Dogs also tied the school record for consecutive wins with nine.
Prior to coming to Fresno, Jones served as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech.
A native of Elk City, Okla., Jones was responsible for the development of the Yellow Jacket forwards during her tenure at Georgia Tech. In addition, she supervised the offseason strength and conditioning program and served as the team's academic liaison.
Prior to Georgia Tech, Jones served two stints at South Florida and another at Illinois-Chicago. During her appointment as an assistant coach at USF in 2005, Jones was responsible for recruiting, game preparation and breakdown, team community service and was also the academic liaison. In what was her second stint with the program after serving in the same capacity for the Bulls in 2001 and 2002, the 2005 team went 21-10 and reached the second round of the WNIT.
In 2003-04, Jones served as an assistant coach at Illinois-Chicago. While at UIC, Jones helped the Flames to a second-place Horizon League finish in 2003 with their highest win total since the mid-1990's, with an overall mark of 17-11 and an 11-5 record in league play.
Jones earned her bachelors degree in health and physical education and recreation with a minor in communications in 1999 from Southeastern Oklahoma State, where she averaged more than 10 points and 4.5 rebounds per game as a senior while garnering all-conference honors in 1998 and 1999. While at SOSU, she played for current Fresno State assistant coach Brett Frank.
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