Brad Jones Promoted to Assistant Coach

Spent last season as Jazz assistant coach/player development; Coached Austin Toros to 2012 NBA Development League Championship
by Bill Lea

SALT LAKE CITY (July 19, 2013) – The Utah Jazz announced today that Brad Jones has been promoted to an assistant coach on Tyrone Corbin's staff, after having spent the 2012-13 season as assistant coach/player development. Jones joins returning assistants Sidney Lowe and Michael Sanders on Corbin's staff. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.

"I am very pleased with the basketball staff we have assembled," said Utah Jazz Head Coach Tyrone Corbin. "Brad is a talented, well-respected coach with a proven track-record of success who earned this promotion. I look forward to working with him more closely in his new, expanded role."

Jones returned to the Jazz last season as assistant coach/player development after having spent the previous two seasons as head coach of the San Antonio Spurs-owned Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. Jones led the Toros to the D-League Championship in 2012, defeating the L.A. D-Fenders two games to one in the D-League Finals.

Prior to his time with the Toros, Jones spent three seasons as the original head coach of the NBA D-League's Utah Flash (2007-10), which was based in Orem, Utah. As an NBA D-League expansion team, the Flash enjoyed a successful inaugural campaign under Jones, finishing the 2007-08 season with a 24-26 mark. A year later Jones guided the Flash to a 32-18 record and advanced them to the 2009 D-League Finals. The Flash posted a 28-22 record in 2009-10, making a second straight playoff appearance.

During his five-year D-League coaching career (139-111, .556), Jones had eight different players under his tutelage called-up up to the NBA a total of 13 times, and also had 12 different NBA players assigned by their respective teams to work with him on a total of 14 D-League assignments.

Before joining the Flash, Jones served as a regional scout for the Utah Jazz for six years (2001-07). Jones also served as the head coach at his alma mater, Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn., from 1995-2001. During his tenure at the helm of the Eagles he was twice named the Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year and led the school to a pair of conference championships. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and raised in Franklin, Tenn., Jones received his undergraduate degree from Lambuth before earning his master’s from the University of Memphis.