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RALEIGH, N.C. – After two seasons as the men's lead assistant, Montel Jones is the new head women's basketball coach at Saint Augustine's University, the athletic department announced on Monday. He succeeds Wyndell Holmes and James “Art” Richmond who served as co-head coaches last season.sau montel jonesJones

"He has what it takes to succeed as a head coach," Athletics Director George Williams said about Jones. "His experience as an assistant will prepare him for his first head coaching position. I am confident he can get the job done."

Jones has eight years of coaching experience including the past two seasons as an assistant under SAU head men's basketball coach MarQus Johnson. His primary responsibilities were working with the post players in addition to being the team's recruiting coordinator and academic mentor.

"I first want to praise God," Jones said. "This would not be possible without him. I would like to thank our president Dr. Everett B. Ward and Coach Williams for giving me this opportunity. I look forward to coaching an outstanding group of young women who will compete on the court and in the classroom."

A Kinston, N.C., native, Jones was previously on the men's basketball staffs at the University of Mount Olive and Wingate University before coaching at Virginia State and St Augustine's. During his time at both schools, Mount Olive captured the Conference Carolinas regular-season title and Wingate won back-to-back South Atlantic Conference tournament crowns. Wingate also played in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional.

~SAU Sports Information

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