GREENSBORO, N.C. – It was the end of December when longtime assistant coach Will Jones took over the N.C. A&T men's basketball program.
The Aggies had a 3-10 record when head coach Jay Joyner was suspended.
With Illinois next on the schedule, Jones, a four-year member of the staff, took over the coaching duties and turned the season around.
A&T went on to compile a 13-5 record over the final months of the season and a 12-4 record in the MEAC.
In those months, N.C. A&T announced plans to move to the Big South Conference at the end of the 2020-21 season.
With the title of acting head coach, Jones was named MEAC coach of the year.
The title is still attached to Jones as he plans on moving the Aggies to the Big South.
While acting head coach, Jones announced a five-player recruiting class.
"I didn't have to answer one question from parents, from coaches about what my status was. I think the energy that we generated since January really, people haven't really thought about that, they just kind of see me in the role, and they want to play and be a part of our program," Jones says.
There is no denying the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the athletics department hiring process with many positions, and Jones is continuing in talks with athletic director Earl Hilton.
"I just keep him abreast of what we're doing as a staff during this time and let him know that we're staying connected to the guys that we have, and I'm just leaning on for any information that he wants to give me going forward," Jones says.
Acting Head Coach Moving Aggies Forward
PUBLISHED 6:37 PM EDT May. 13, 2020