Jonas Hayes, who served as the Bulldogs’ program coordinator last year, has been elevated to an assistant coach sources have confirmed. An announcement from Fox and Georgia is expected this week.
“I can't tell you how blessed I feel to be joining Coach Fox's staff,” Hayes said last year after joining the program. “Georgia holds a special place in my heart. I'm just ready to get started, ready to do whatever I can to help build the program.”
That will be the difficult task for Hayes, who is expected to do much of the heavy lifting in the recruiting game for Fox. The Bulldogs are trying to steady the ship after a third losing season in four years – and the 2013-14 recruiting class in state and beyond is seen as a critical building block for the future of the program under Fox.
Hayes played for the Bulldogs with his twin brother Jarvis in the early part of the 2000s. He started 41 of 88 games for Georgia – scoring 759 points (8.6 avg.) and grabbing 435 rebounds (4.9 avg.). During Hayes’ career the Bulldogs reached the post-season two years out of three – only missing the 2003 post-season amidst the scandal-ridden resignation of Jim Harrick.
Hayes’ most recent coaching experience came at Belmont Abbey College where he showed his recruiting and development prowess. Hayes was responsible for recruiting the bulk of the Crusaders’ starters, including the national scoring champion and All-American Tyshawn Good, for a team that won its conference championship.