Tim Jankovich promotes Jay Duncan to assistant coach

More staff changes have been announced by SMU Basketball.

Just days after the program announced the hiring of Western Kentucky’s Shawn Forrest as a new assistant, former director of basketball operations Jay Duncan is being promoted internally to assistant coach as well.

Before coming to SMU, Duncan spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach under Jay Wright at Villanova. Duncan also served as head coach of the Global Sports Academy U.S. team in the summer of 2015, leading the team to a 5-0 record on their European tour.

“Jay Duncan is one of the most passionate and loyal assistants we have worked with at Villanova,” Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright said in the announcement on the SMU Athletics website. “His knowledge of the game is second to none. We’re proud that Coach Jankovich is giving Jay this opportunity.”

“Jay has an impressive background, and has been an incredibly valuable part of our program the past four seasons,” said Jankovich. “Before arriving at SMU with Coach Brown and myself, he played for Rollie Massimino and worked for Jay Wright. I am excited for him and for us that he is moving into this position with our team.”

Subsequent staff changes have also been made to accommodate the hiring of Forrest and the promotion of Duncan. Former assistant coach Jerry Hobbie will now serve as the director of recruiting and Sean Stout will serve as director of operations.

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