University of Louisville Men’s Basketball Assistant Head Coach Jerry Jones He died on Monday, January 8. He was the right hand of the famous coach Denny Crum.
The dynamic duo led Louisville basketball for more than two decades. Jones joined the program in 1973, a year after Crum, and was part of the team until 1996. After that, he remained part of Crum’s staff until 2001.
Many locals will attest that Jones’ tenure with the team can be considered a golden era. During his time with the Cardinals, he reached the finals four times, reaching the National Championship twice (1980 and 1986).
While in college, Jones also worked as an assistant for the 1987 United States Pan American Games team. Later, he even served as chairman of the NABC Assistant Basketball Coaches Committee.
Last year, on May 9, Denny Crum passed away. During his eulogy, Jones said she did not work for Crum but rather worked with him.
I never worked for Denny Crum; I worked with Denny Crum, and I’ll always remember that and be appreciative of what he did for me. He was a friend; he was a best friend.
Jones said, according to WHAT 11?
Almost a year later, Jerry Jones passed away. He was 89 years old. The University of Louisville shared on X (formerly Twitter). Many fans offered their condolences.
Denny Crum and Jerry Jones had a great partnership
Last year, in November, Jerry Jones’ daughter, Jerez Jones, shared in X that his father had entered palliative care. During his last weeks, several of his former players and teammates came to visit him.
Even before Denny Crum and Jerry Jones began working together in Louisville, they knew each other well. While working as an assistant on John Wooden’s staff at UCLA, Crum became friends with Jones, who was a speaker at the coaches’ clinic.
In a 2011 interview with The mail diaryCrum said,
He's [Jerry Jones] just one of those guys who was meant to be a coach. He understands the game, has a great rapport with the kids, [and is] good around people. You knew he would do a great job.
Jones was inducted into the University of Louisville Hall of Fame in 1998. He may no longer be with his favorite people, but his legacy will live on in the hearts of everyone through his years of contributions to the growth of basketball.
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