Garrett Jones enters his first season as the head coach for the men's basketball program at Montreat College. Jones comes to Montreat after serving the past four years as the assistant coach at Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) in Waxahachie, TX.
During his time at SAGU, Jones was part of a coaching staff that took a program that had gone fourteen years without a winning season and turned them into a national power, going 108-32 since 2011. This incredible run was highlighted by three straight appearances at the NAIA Division I National Tournament (2013-2015). Jones' 2013 squad had an incredible season, going 33-5 and advancing to the NAIA Division I National Championship Game. The following season, Jones helped lead the team to a 26-6 record and a season that culminated with another top-10 national ranking.
"Coach Jones has served faithfully under the leadership and mentorship of arguably one of the most successful, godly leaders in college basketball in the last 10 years, Coach Donnie Bostwick," shared Athletic Director Jose Larios. "Garrett demonstrated a great passion and vision for our men's program. I'm thrilled to have him bring the winning work ethic to our team while remaining Christ-centered in all we do on and off the court."
Prior to his arrival at SAGU, Jones served as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Oklahoma Wesleyan University from 2009-2011. During his time at OWU, Jones helped guide the team to back-to-back NAIA Division II National Championship appearances, winning the title in 2009.
During his undergraduate career at OWU, Jones, was a four-year member of the men's basketball team. Under the guidance of current Southwestern Assemblies of God Head Coach Donnie Bostwick, Jones and his teammates helped turn around the program at OWU, and their three year run of NAIA tournament appearances culminated in a NAIA Division II National Championship and 35-2 record in 2009.
Coach Jones had this to say about his opportunity to come to Montreat College, "It's a great honor and privilege to lead Montreat Basketball moving forward. I'm excited get to work! I want to first thank God for giving my wife and me this opportunity to join the Montreat family. I also want to send my sincere thanks to President Maurer and the search committee for their leadership during this process and giving me the opportunity to lead Montreat men's basketball."
"I look forward to reaching out to all our players and start building a relationship with each one and learning how I can help them accomplish their dreams and goals on and off the court. I understand we have a lot of work to do in growing this program and moving it forward but I appreciate all the former players and alumni that have given their time and effort to make Montreat Basketball what it is today."
Coach Jones and his wife Whitney live in Black Mountain.
In August, 2015, Montreat College announced the hiring of Tim Lewis as assistant coach for men's basketball program. Tim is no stranger to the Montreat community as the former First-Team All-AAC and NAIA Honorable Mention All-American accomplished those feats while competing for the Cavaliers.
Lewis joins Head Coach Garrett Jones' staff after spending the past year at Milligan College as an assistant coach for men's basketball under former Montreat head coach/athletic director Bill Robinson. Lewis helped guide the Buffaloes to a 20-11 (12-6 AAC) record in 2014, a season that included a runner-up conference finish, appearance in the conference tournament title game, and a berth to the NAIA National Tournament.
Shortly after graduating from Montreat, Lewis founded Crossover Athletics, LLC. With a mission of, "Becoming stronger from the inside out," Crossover Athletics was designed to offer both individual and small group training for athletes across all age levels. Lewis' work with Crossover Athletics has taken him all over the country and abroad, including opportunities to lead clinics in Brooklyn, NY and at the US Embassy in Moldova. Lewis has also used his platform in leadership development to speak at camps, clinics, commencements and pre-game events.
Lewis graduated from Montreat College in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Sports Management. Lewis was twice named to the All-AAC First Team squad (2006-2007) and was also named to the All-Tournament team those two years as well. Lewis capped off his career by being named the Montreat College Male Athlete of the Year his final two seasons. In a testimony to his well-rounded nature, Lewis was named the Montreat College Champion of Character in both 2006 and 2007, and was named the AAC Champion of Character in 2007. Lewis embodied the spirit of a true student-athlete and was a member of the AAC All-Academic team for 2005-2007.
After graduating from Montreat in 2007, Lewis had the opportunity to play abroad in several countries including South Africa, Canada, and Argentina, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Romania, Hungary, and the Philippines.
"I'm really excited to have Coach Lewis join our program," said head men's basketball coach Garrett Jones. "He has all the successful characteristics that you look for in a coach. The first thing that stuck out to me was his passion and heart for God. I know he views this opportunity as a ministry and is excited to help these young men mature and grow spiritually"
Lewis is equally excited to return to his alma mater saying, "I thank the Lord for the special opportunity to be able to come back and be a part of the program I helped build. I look forward to working alongside Coach Jones and to help shape our young men on and off the court."