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Steele adds former Georgia assistant Jonas Hayes to Xavier staff

Xavier University men’s basketball head coach Travis Steele announced today the addition of Jonas Hayes as an assistant coach. (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Xavier University men’s basketball head coach Travis Steele announced today the addition of Jonas Hayes as an assistant coach. Hayes, 36, has spent the past six years on the staff of his alma mater, the University of Georgia, including the last five seasons as an assistant coach.

“I am excited to welcome Jonas Hayes as a new member of the Xavier Men’s Basketball Staff,” said Steele. “In Jonas I feel like I am hiring a future Head Coach. Jonas brings with him an incredible background of both recruiting success and player development. Jonas’ focus will be on the development of our front court where he has thrived over the last five years at the University of Georgia.”

“I'm unbelievably excited to join the tradition that has been established at Xavier,” said Hayes. “I am also blessed Coach Steele has ask me to join "The Family." This is a phenomenal opportunity to continue my progression to hopefully fulfill my dream of becoming a Head Coach someday."

As a coach, Hayes played a major role in the development and production of Georgia’s post players, including All-SEC performers Marcus Thornton and Yante Maten. Maten was the 2018 AP SEC Player of the Year.

In Georgia’s 11 combined seasons with Hayes as a player or member of the staff, the Bulldogs earned seven postseason bids, including four of the last five seasons.

Prior to joining the Bulldogs’ staff, Hayes spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Belmont Abbey from 2007-12. He also was an assistant coach at South Carolina State (2006-07) and Morehouse (2005-06). Hayes returned to Georgia as operations coordinator for the 2012-13 season and moved into a slot as an assistant coach a year later.

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Information courtesy Xavier Univ Athletics

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