Crayton Jones enters his second season at East Carolina University after being hired as an assistant coach in June 2014.
Jones arrives at ECU after spending the last five seasons as an assistant coach for the men's program at NCAA Division II member Francis Marion University.
In his first season, Jones’ expertise paid immediate dividends in helping the Pirates’ recruiting efforts, game preparation and player development in the middle of its third straight 22-win campaign. East Carolina’s guard play received a great lift at both ends of the court in 2014-15, as redshirt junior wing Jada Payne broke her own school record for three-pointers in a season (80) and earned All-American Athletic Conference First Team honors. Senior point guard Janesha Ebron improved her average shooting percentage by 8.5 percent, shot 20.4 percent higher from three-point range, grabbed 1.2 more rebounds per game and recorded the most steals in her career. Junior guard Jasmine Phillips transitioned into the role of a combo guard and averaged nine points, five rebounds, two assists and led the team in steals (60).
Jones has also served as a team assistant for three years with the Detroit Pistons and one year with the Miami Heat at the NBA Summer League. His duties include facilitating on-court drills and providing support to the head coaches and players during games.
The Patriots recorded a 73-63 overall record during his half-decade tenure as a member of the coaching staff, including an 18-10 mark during the 2009-10 campaign. Some of Jones' responsibilities included developing recruiting strategies, overseeing individual workouts for players, assisting with academic support, coordinating summer youth basketball camps.
Jones played for Francis Marion's men's basketball team from 2007-09, where he started 47 games during his two seasons. As a senior, he shot 57.6 percent from the field and ranked second in assists, sixth in steals and 17th in rebounds per game in the Peach Belt Conference.
He played his first two seasons of college ball at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., where he averaged 15.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game in 2006-07. He earned first team all-conference recognition and was an all-region honorable mention.
Jones has also done significant volunteer work, including time at the Special Olympics in South Carolina, the Five-Star Basketball Camp in Virginia and the LeBron James Skill Academy in Las Vegas, Nev., while mentoring at the Billie Hardee Home for Boys. He is certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of American as a personal trainer.
A native of Las Vegas, Jones earned an associate's degree in liberal arts at Pima Community College in 2007, and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Francis Marion in 2010. He and his wife, Leeza, welcomed a baby boy in July 2013, Crayton "Cinco" Jones V.