Jonas Hayes
Jonas  Hayes

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Jonas Hayes has played an extremely integral role in Georgia Basketball’s greatest success during the 2000s. In the Bulldogs’ nine combined seasons with Hayes as a player or member of the staff, they have earned six postseason bids.

Hayes, one of the most popular players in the modern era of Georgia Basketball, is in his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Bulldogs, his fifth campaign on Mark Fox’s staff and his ninth year as a member of the program.

As a player, Hayes was a three-year letterwinner and started 41 of 88 games played for the Bulldogs 2001-04, averaging 8.6 points and 4.9 rebounds during his career.

As a coach, he has played a major role in the development and production of Georgia’s post players, including All-SEC performers Marcus Thornton and Yante Maten.

In fact, Hayes’ joining the staff as an assistant coach and the recent success of the Bulldogs is an association that’s easy to identify. Georgia has posted three consecutive 20-win finishes in Hayes’ three seasons as an assistant, just the second time in 111 seasons of play the Bulldogs have accomplished that feat. The Bulldogs also are one of only two programs to reach the semifinals of each of the last three SEC Tournaments, while no other league schools have done so more than once during that span.

The contributions of Hayes extend well past Athens and Stegeman Coliseum, however. His roots as an Atlanta native and Peach State product make Hayes an extremely well connected ambassador, not only for the program but the University of Georgia as a whole. The same attributes that make him so popular within the Bulldog Nation also strike a chord in other regions of the country where Hayes has trekked to attract additional prime prospects to the UGA campus.

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 and Morehouse.

Hayes returned to Georgia as operations coordinator for the 2012-13 season and moved into a slot as an assistant coach a year later.

A decade earlier, Hayes was a prominent player on three successful Georgia teams between 2001-04. Hayes scored 759 points, including a career-best 25 in a double OT win over No. 3 Georgia Tech as a senior, and pulled down 435 rebounds for Georgia.

Hayes and his twin brother Jarvis played at Western Carolina as freshmen before transferring to Georgia in 2000. 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.

Per NCAA rules, the Hayes twins practiced but did not play for the Bulldogs during the 2000-01 season when Georgia earned an NCAA bid.

When he returned to action, Jonas helped Georgia reach postseason competition twice, with invitations to the 2002 NCAA Tournament and 2004 NIT. He averaged 8.4 points and 5.1 rebounds as a sophomore and contributed 6.7 points and 4.4 boards as a junior. Jonas then started 29 of 30 games played as a senior and averaged 11.9 points and 5.3 rebounds.

Jarvis was a two-time, first-team All-SEC performer before he entered the 2003 NBA Draft. He was selected by Washington with the 10th overall pick in the first round and played seven seasons, including Playoff appearances with the Wizards in 2007 and Detroit in 2008.

The Hayes twins starred at Atlanta’s Douglass High where as seniors, they led the Astros to the semifinals of the 1999 Class 4A State Tournament. Jonas averaged 25 points and 14 rebounds that season, while Jarvis averaged 28 points and 11 rebounds.

Hayes At-A-Glance
Birthdate: August 9, 1981
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Douglass High School, 1999
Georgia, bachelor's in Child & Family Development, 2004
Professional Experience
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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