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Jayson Gee named assistant men's basketball coach

Jayson Gee named assistant men's basketball coach

May 20, 2003

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - Jayson Gee has been named assistant coach of the St. Bonaventure University men's basketball team, head coach Anthony Solomon announced today.

The 37-year-old Gee comes to St. Bonaventure from the University of Charleston in Charleston, W.Va. Gee was head coach there for the past seven seasons and assembled a record of 160-55 with six 20-win seasons and four NCAA Division II Tournament berths.

Gee is the first member of Solomon's coaching staff.

"I am ecstatic to have Jayson join the St. Bonaventure basketball program," said Solomon, who was named St. Bonaventure's 18th head coach on May 5. "Jasyon has all the skills and experience needed to be my top assistant. He is a special individual with much faith. Jayson's background as a successful assistant coach as well as head coach brings all the 'winning qualities' needed as we build on the tradition of Bonas basketball."

"The opportunity to join forces with my Christian brother, Anthony Solomon, was the number one reason I am coming to St. Bonaventure," Gee said. "He is a man I have a great deal of respect for and I think is a consummate leader. We have a tremendous challenge ahead at St. Bonaventure, but I have always been attracted to challenges. It is a great opportunity to step in and get right to work. Finally, I am very excited to bring my family to join the St. Bonaventure family. The support and loyalty that exists at St. Bonaventure is exciting."

Last season at Charleston, Gee's club went 21-10 and reached the title game of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. Guard Derek Jones was a first team All-WVIAC and second team all-district selection.

Gee led the Golden Eagles to the second round of the NCAA Div. II Tournament three straight years from 1999-2001. In 1998-99, Charleston earned the first NCAA bid in school history after winning the WVIAC title and finishing 26-6. In 1999-00, Gee was named WVIAC Coach of the Year and was a finalist for Div. II Coach of the Year honors after the Golden Eagles went 28-4 and won the WVIAC with an 18-1 mark. Charleston won both the WVIAC regular season and tournament titles in 2000-01 and went 23-7.

Over his six seasons at Charleston, Gee's clubs averaged just under 23 wins per year.

Among the many standout players Gee recruited and coached at Charleston are Ajamu Gaines, the 1999-00 NCAA Div. II Player of the Year, and Kalan Smith, a second team All-American in 2001. Both Gaines and Smith were WVIAC Players of the Year.

Since 1999, Gee served as an associate athletics director at Charleston. He also recently was named special assistant to the president of the University.

Gee began his coaching career in 1988-89 as boy's basketball coach at John Jay Junior High School in Charleston.

In 1989, Gee moved into the college ranks as an assistant at Youngstown State University. At the time, he was the youngest assistant coach in Division I men's basketball.

He spent four seasons at Youngstown and then moved to Ohio University as associate head coach from 1993-96. During Gee's three seasons at Ohio, the Bobcats won the 1994 Mid-American Conference regular season and tournament crowns and the 1994 preseason National Invitation Tournament. Among the players Gee coached at Ohio was power forward Gary Trent, who was an NBA lottery pick and is currently a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

A native of Springfield, Ohio, Gee graduated from Charleston in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in social science education. Over his four-year playing career, the Golden Eagles went a combined 92-30 highlighted by a 30-5 record his junior season. Gee, who was a two-year team captain, stands third on the school's rebounding list with 844 and third in games played with 122.

Gee and his wife, Lynette, are the parents of three boys: Terrance Fountain (14), Brandon (10) and Bryan (8).

Gee's Record as Head Coach at Charleston
Season W-L
1996-97 15-15
1997-98 22-6
1998-99 26-6
1999-00 28-4
2000-01 23-7
2001-02 25-7
2002-03 21-10
Total 160-55 (.744)