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Hayes was a three-year letterwinner for Georgia from 2002-04 and returned to campus as the Bulldogs’ operations coordinator in May 2012. Following one season in that role, he was promoted to assistant coach in June 2013.
“Jonas did a terrific job for us and he earned the opportunity to move up,” Fox said. “His love of Georgia, connections in this region and magnetic personality are great assets in recruiting for our program.”
As operations coordinator, Hayes directed a number of tasks, including the players’ day-to-day schedules and their academic performance, as well as assisting with the program’s on-campus recruiting efforts, summer camps and community outreach.
Prior to joining the Bulldogs’ staff, Hayes spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Belmont Abbey in Belmont, N.C. From 2004-07, he had also served brief stints as an assistant coach at South Carolina State, Morehouse and Douglass High School, his alma mater, in Atlanta.
Hayes earned three letters as a prominent player on three successful Georgia teams between 2001-04. Two of the three teams on which Hayes played reached postseason competition, with appearances in the 2002 NCAA Tournament and 2004 NIT.
Hayes started 41 of 88 games played for the Bulldogs, scoring 759 points (8.6 ppg) and pulling down 435 rebounds (4.9 rpg). His career scoring high of 25 points came at a most opportune time, when the Bulldogs upended No. 3-ranked Georgia Tech 83-80 in double overtime on Jan. 3, 2004 during his senior season. That performance led to SEC Player of the Week honors.
Among Hayes’ other career highlights included his first collegiate 3-pointer, a 30-foot bank shot at the buzzer that won a game for the Bulldogs at Colorado on Dec. 3, 2002.
Hayes and his twin brother Jarvis starred at Douglass High in Atlanta. As seniors, the Hayes twins led the Astros to the semifinals of the 1999 Class 5A State Tournament. Jarvis averaged 28 points and 11 rebounds and Jonas averaged 25 points and 14 rebounds that season.
The Hayes brothers played at Western Carolina as college freshmen before transferring to Georgia in 2000 and sitting out the 2000-01 season per NCAA requirements. Jonas averaged 8.0 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while connecting on 63.0 percent of his shots from the floor in his one season with the Catamounts.
Jonas was a spot starter during his first two seasons in Athens, averaging 8.4 points and 5.1 rebounds as a sophomore and 6.7 points and 4.4 boards as a junior. He then started 29 of 30 games played as a senior – the first time he ever played without Jarvis. Jonas then opened his senior season by matching his collegiate career high with 20 points in two of the first three games of the year before besting that tally against the Yellow Jackets in early January.
Jarvis earned first-team All-SEC honors in each of his two years at Georgia before he entered the NBA Draft in 2003 and was selected by the Washington Wizards with the 10th overall pick in the first round. Jarvis played seven seasons in the NBA with Washington, Detroit and New Jersey, including Playoff appearances with the Wizards in 2007 and the Pistons in 2008. Jarvis played in Italy and Romania through last season before retiring from the game. He is slated to serve as a color analyst for SEC Network + productions of Georgia Basketball games during the 2015-16 season and co-hosted the Bulldogs’ live preseason practice on georgiadogs.com.
Birthdate: August 9, 1981
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Douglass High School, 1999
Georgia, bachelor's in Child & Family Development, 2004
Assistant Coach, Douglass HS, 2004-05
Assistant Coach, Morehouse, 2005-06
Assistant Coach, S.C. State, 2006-07
Assistant Coach, Belmont Abbey, 2007-12
Operations Coordinator, Georgia, 2012-13
Assistant Coach, Georgia, 2013-Present
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