Former LSU head coach added to Nevada men's basketball coaching staff
RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) —
Former Lousiana State University head coach Johnny Jones has been named associate head coach of the Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball coach by head coach Eric Musselman.
Jones joins the Pack staff after one of the most successful seasons in Wolf Pack history.
We are absolutely thrilled that coach Jones has joined our staff,” said Musselman. “I saw the leadership and basketball knowledge he possesses when we worked together at LSU. He’s going to be a very important part of many more tournament runs here at Nevada.
Jones won 90 games in his five years as the head coach at LSU, the most of any head coach at LSU in their first five years.
He was the fourth-winningest coach in Lousiana State University history.
I had the opportunity to work with Coach Musselman during our NCAA tournament run,” Jones said. “We had a great experience working together and developed a really good relationship. I’ve watched him grow his Nevada team over the last two years and seen the success. I jumped at the opportunity to work with him again.
While at LSU, Coach Jones also recruited Tim Quarterman, Johnny O'Bryant, Jordan Mickey, and Jarrell Martin who all played in the NBA.
Jones was also the head coach at North Texas for 11 seasons prior to his coaching stint at LSU. He led the Mean Green to two NCAA tournament berths and five top-three conference finishes.
In addition to his coaching career, Jones played college ball at LSU. He was a part of the 1981 Final Four team and joined head coach Dale Brown’s staff after his playing time, helping lead the Tigers to another Final Four in 1986.