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Jon Babul
Position: Assistant
Year: Junior
Alma Mater: Georgia Tech, 2001
Eligibility: Junior

Jon Babul is maintaining a family tradition as he embarks on his third season as an assistant coach in the JMU basketball program.  Babul assumed his current position after working as director of operations in the JMU program in 2004-05 and then serving briefly as an assistant coach at Jacksonville.


Babul’s father was a long-time coach at the scholastic level, and his twin brother, Mike Jr., recently has been a member of the men’s basketball coaching staff at Texas-El Paso.


“Everyone involved with our basketball program was happy to see Jon with us again,” JMU coach Dean Keener said of Babul rejoining his staff.  "He did a great job before as director of operations, and he's been doing a great job recruiting and working with our post players."


“Coaching at this level is something I’ve always wanted to do, and I saw the opportunity for success working under Coach Keener,” Babul said.  "Working with the JMU coaching staff has been a great experience for me.  I love our chemistry and competitive spirit."


Babul first joined the JMU staff soon after Keener’s April 2004 hiring.  He had been working as athletics director and boys’ basketball coach at Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, Ga., from 2001-04, and he was a Georgia Tech player while Keener was an assistant coach there in 2000-01.


Babul coached Mount Paran to its first regional title and its first state tournament appearance during his second season.  From 2001-04 he also directed numerous basketball camps and clinics while working with Babul Brothers Basketball Services of North Attleboro, Mass.


Babul from 1996-2001 was a member of the Georgia Tech basketball program, playing under head coaches Cremins and Hewitt and serving as a team captain.


He received a degree in business administration and management and was a Dean’s List student who graduated with honors.  He was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s all-academic basketball team three times and in 2000 received Georgia Tech’s Robert Cup Award as the university’s top senior scholar-athlete.


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