Jones joined Grant's staff last July. They first coached together in 1994 at Marshall under Billy Donovan. Grant got his start in college coaching at age 27 as an assistant at Stetson under Dan Hipsher in July 1993. He worked there until he left for Marshall in 1994.
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Jones and Grant coached with Donovan at Marshall until 1996 and then followed Donovan to the University of Florida. Both were on Donovan’s staff when the Gators won the national championship in 2006, and Jones remained on the staff when the Gators won the title again in 2007. Dayton has another assistant coach, Darren Hertz, who was also a part of those national championship teams.
This will be the third head coaching job at the Division I level for Jones, who coached Central Florida from 2010-16 and Marshall from 2007-10. He takes over a program that has experienced 11 straight losing seasons and hasn’t had a winning season since 2000-01. The Hatters finished 7-24 last season under Corey Williams, who was fired in March after six seasons.