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May 24, 2012

Hayes joins hoops staff

It's going to be a homecoming of sorts for former Georgia basketball standout Jonas Hayes who will join Mark Fox's staff with the Bulldogs, it was announced Thursday afternoon.

A three-year Bulldog letterman, Hayes becomes the team's new program coordinator.

"I am thrilled to be coming back to Georgia," Hayes said in a statement. "I can't tell you how blessed I feel to be joining Coach Fox's staff. UGA holds a special place in my heart. I'm just ready to get started, ready to do whatever I can to help build the program."

Hayes spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach at Belmont Abbey College. He also briefly on the staffs of South Carolina State, Morehouse College and Douglass High, his alma mater.

"I am really excited to have Jonas join our staff," Fox said. "He will be a valuable asset as we move forward. He is a smart and talented young man who will be a great example to our players. I am excited to have a former player who is so passionate about Georgia become part of our team."

In his three years at Georgia (2002-2004), Hayes started 41 of 88 games for the Bulldogs, scoring 759 points (8.6 avg.) and pulling down 435 rebounds (4.9 avg.). His career scoring high of 25 points came at a most opportune time, when the 2004 Bulldogs upended 3rd-ranked Georgia Tech 83-80 in double overtime. Among his 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.



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