Jay John

Jay John

Player Profile

Head Coach (3rd year)

Third-year head coach Jay John accepted the challenge of rebuilding one of the nation's most storied programs when he was introduced to the "Beaver Nation" in early April of 2002. In just over two years he has taken the Oregon State University men's basketball program from one that was striving to be competitive to its most anticipated season in years.

John and his knowledgeable and dedicated assistant coaches have put the nation's 12th-winningest program back on the basketball map with hard work, a national recruiting campaign, and a playing style that is attractive to student-athletes. In his short tenure, the program's academic success has risen dramatically and the on-floor success has improved immeasurably.

For 2004-2005 he brings a team to the floor that includes a returning All-Pacific-10 Conference performer (David Lucas), all five starters from last year's club and a pair of certain postseason academic honors candidates (Jim Hanchett and Lamar Hurd).

The 46-year old John is the 19th head coach in the history of the program and just the seventh since the 1928-29 season. In his first campaign in Corvallis he took the program to its most conference victories in eight seasons, won at USC and UCLA in the same season for the first time in 15 years, captured the most road victories in one season in a decade and finished the highest in the conference standings in 10 years.

John's first Division I head coaching position came after 15 years of experience as an assistant at the highest level of intercollegiate basketball, including six seasons in the Pacific-10 Conference. He has been on the staffs at the University of Arizona, the University of Oregon, the University of San Francisco and Butler University.

John's prior appointment was with legendary and 2002 Naismith Hall of Fame inductee Lute Olson at Arizona. While at Arizona, John helped the Wildcats to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the national championship game in 2001. While in Tucson, Arizona finished in the top 12 in the national rankings every season, six student-athletes were selected in the NBA Draft, and on nine occasions individuals were selected to the All-Pac-10 team. John has been credited with the development of the Wildcats' power forwards and centers during his tenure.

During his Arizona career, Lindy's College Basketball Yearbook named him one of five assistant coaches to watch, and the HoopScoop ranked him first in its top-25 assistant coaches poll.

Prior to his arrival on the Arizona campus, John served the 1997-98 season at Oregon. He also was a part of the Ducks' staff under Don Monson in 1985-86.

John was an assistant to Barry Collier at Butler University before his second stint with Oregon. He was a member of the Bulldogs' staff from 1989-97, and helped the team to a then-school record 23 wins his final year. The '97 team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 35 years.

John has also coached at Jamestown Community College in New York, as an assistant from 1983-85 and then as a head coach for the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons. He led JCC to a two-year mark of 41-19 and to the Region 3 West Zone title game his first year.

John is a 1981 graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in biology. He continued his education at Butler, where he earned a Master of Science degree in 1994. His family includes his wife Lisa, and sons Tyler 16, and Trevor, 8.

Jay John's Record as Head Coach 2002-2003Oregon State University13-15 2003-2004Oregon State University12-16 Total25-31

Jay John's Coaching Career

1983-1984Assistant Coach, Jamestown Community College (New York) 1984-1985Assistant Coach, Jamestown Community College (New York) 1985-1986Assistant Coach, University of Oregon 1986-1987Head Coach, Jamestown Community College (New York) 1987-1988Head Coach, Jamestown Community College (New York) 1988-1989Assistant Coach, University of San Francisco 1989-1990Assistant Coach, Butler University 1990-1991Assistant Coach, Butler University 1991-1992Assistant Coach, Butler University 1992-1993Assistant Coach, Butler University 1993-1994Assistant Coach, Butler University 1994-1995Assistant Coach, Butler University 1995-1996Assistant Coach, Butler University 1996-1997Assistant Coach, Butler University 1997-1998Assistant Coach, University of Oregon 1998-1999Assistant Coach, University of Arizona 1999-2000Assistant Coach, University of Arizona 2000-2001Assistant Coach, University of Arizona 2001-2002Assistant Coach, University of Arizona 2002-2003Head Coach, Oregon State University 2003-2004Head Coach, Oregon State University



*2001-2002 Pac-10 Conference Tournament Champions *2001-2002 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Champions *2000-2001 NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional Champions *2000 Maui Classic Champions *1999-2000 Pacific-10 Conference Champions *1999 Preseason NIT Champions *1996-1997 Midwestern Collegiate Conference regular season and Tournament champions


*2001-2002 NCAA Tournament "Sweet 16" *2000-2001 NCAA Title Game *1999-2000 NCAA Tournament Second Round *1998-1999 NCAA Tournament First Round *1996-1997 NCAA Tournament First Round *1991-1992 NIT First Round *1990-1991 NIT First Round

Personal Information

Alma Mater: University of Arizona, '81 (Biology) Butler University, '94 (Master's of Science Degree)

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

Family: Wife - Lisa Sons - Tyler (16), and Trevor (8)

What They Are Saying About Jay John

"I think we have a star on our hands, quite frankly. I couldn't be happier with the direction of the program," Oregon State University Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis.

"Before a game, he is one of the happiest people there, just because we are playing a game. He loves to coach. This is the most fun I have ever had playing basketball.," former OSU player Brian Jackson.

"Jay John is a very nice and very hard-working man who also truly seems to be a very good man, and those qualities don't always come together." Ron Bellamy, The (Eugene) Register-Guard.

"There's a confident side that appears to know exactly what he's doing, where's he's going and how he's going to get there with the Beavers." Jeff Welsch, Corvallis Gazette-Times

"I don't think Jay is intimidated by anything. All he's done is show appreciation for anything anyone has tried to do for him," former OSU head coach Jim Anderson.

"Coach John has been a successful recruiter at every level of college basketball and he understands how to teach the game. He was instrumental in building programs at other schools, and now he is ready to build his own program." Lute Olson, Head Coach, University of Arizona

"Jay John is a very hard worker, very organized, and has an eye for talent." Frank Burlison, Fox Sports.

"Jay John subscribes to the basketball view of his former boss, Lute Olson. The philosophy starts with a team-first attitude and aggressive man-to-man defense. But is also hinges on playing freely at the offensive end and pushing the basketball at every opportunity," Brian Meehan, The Oregonian.

1. Humility - Know who you are
2. Passion - Commit to excellence
3. Unity - Team first
4. Selflessness - Lead by giving
5. Thankfulness - Appreciation

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