Staff
Head Coach
Mike Jones

Head coach Mike Jones has completed eight seasons at the helm of the Radford men’s basketball program after taking the position on June 14, 2011. He and his teams have won 138 games at Radford, making him the third-winningest coach in program history. Seventy-two of those wins have come against Big South competition.
Sixteen players have been named All-Big South in his time at Radford and nine players have been tabbed VaSID All-State. Under Jones, both Javonte Green (2014-15) and Ed Polite Jr. (2018-19) were named Big South Defensive Player of the Year while Carlik Jones earned Big South Freshman of the Year honors in 2017-18. The 2014-15 campaign also featured a huge academic honor as Kyle Noreen was named a CoSIDA Academic All-District member.

The 2018-19 season was full of milestones for Jones and the Highlanders. The team went 22-11 and 12-4 in conference play, earning a share of the Big South regular season title for the first time since 2008-09. Radford went on the road and knocked off Notre Dame and No. 17 Texas, the first ranked first in Radford history. Radford began its conference slate a perfect 7-0 to become one of the final 15 teams in the nation still undefeated.

The Highlanders remained atop the standings for nearly the entire season and as the No. 2 seed in the Big South Tournament, reached the title game for the second consecutive season. Four of the 10 20-plus win season in program history have now come under Jones. For his success on the court and his high moral standing off of it, he was also named a finalist for the Skip Prosser Man of the Year award following the 2018-19 season.

2017-18 was arguably Jones’ most successful season to date, the season in which he was named Big South Coach of the Year and NABC District 3 Coach of the Year honors after leading the Highlanders to a Big South championship and playing in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in program history.

Taking Coach Jones’ lead, Radford set a Division I school record with 23 wins, completing the season at 23-13. The Highlanders earned victories over notable opponents such as East Carolina and James Madison during the non-conference schedule before compiling a 12-6 Big South record to finish the regular season in second place. He also became the third head coach in Radford history to reach 100 wins on Dec. 23, 2017 when the Highlanders topped UC Davis to clinch the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic title.

The team’s postseason run was one to remember. Thanks in part to Jones preaching toughness and hard work throughout his tenure, the Highlanders overcame several obstacles in the Big South Championships to top No. 10 Longwood, No. 3 Winthrop and No. 5 Liberty to take home the program’s third ever conference title. The entire championship run culminated with “The Shot”, as redshirt freshman Carlik Jones’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer lifted Radford over in-state rival Liberty, 55-52, in front of a sellout crowd at the Dedmon Center.

Jones and the Highlanders earned a No. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament and were selected to play in the First Four in Dayton, Ohio. It was there on March 13, 2018 that Radford won its first ever NCAA Tournament victory – a 71-61 win over LIU Brooklyn. The magical season came to a close with a tough loss to No. 1 overall seed Villanova who went on to win the National Championship.

The seventh head coach in program history, Jones took over a program with just one win in the season prior to his arrival on campus and led a three-year turnaround that resulted in back-to-back 22-win seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15. Radford competed in postseason play those three seasons as well, with the Highlanders taking home the program’s first and second postseason victories over Oregon State and Delaware State in the College Basketball Invitational before the 2017-18 NCAA Tournament run.

During his tenure, the Highlanders have defeated opponents such as Texas, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Virginia Tech and Penn State. The success of the program has led to an increase in exposure all over the country with the team appearing on national and regional television countless times.

Jones was a four-year standout at Howard, where he forged a connection with fellow Howard alumnus, Felton (’85), who he calls the biggest influence on his coaching career.

Once Jones graduated with a degree in Zoology in 1990, he began his coaching career as a high school coach at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. before moving to the collegiate ranks at his alma mater in 1994.

He currently resides in the New River Valley with his wife, Dr. Sharon Blackwell Jones, and his youngest son, Miles. The oldest of his two sons, Nate, is currently a member of the Bucknell men’s basketball team.

Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Ron Jirsa

Ron Jirsa was appointed assistant men's basketball coach in June 2015. Jirsa assists in post player development, recruiting, scheduling and academics for Radford.

He played an integral role in Radford's 2017-18 run to a Big South championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament that included the program's first ever NCAA Tournament victory.

A veteran of the coaching profession for over 30 years, Jirsa joins the Highlanders after one season at Tennessee Tech. He handled post player development and recruiting for the Golden Eagles.

Jirsa has experience as both a head coach and assistant. Prior to Tennessee Tech, Jirsa was the recruiting coordinator for Bethel University in Arden Hills, Minn.

Before his position with the Royals, Jirsa spent six years as the associate head coach at Minnesota, serving under then-head coach Tubby Smith for the fourth time in his coaching career. Smith and Jirsa first began their working relationship at Virginia Commonwealth, where both served under coach J.D. Barnett during the 1984-85 season. The Rams finished 26-6 that season, winning the Sun Belt Conference title to advance to the NCAA Tournament. They reunited when Smith hired Jirsa as an assistant at Tulsa before the 1991-92 season. Three years later, Jirsa was named associate head coach of the Golden Hurricane.

Jirsa accompanied Smith to Georgia when he took over the Bulldogs program in 1995. For two years, he served as associate head coach for Smith at Georgia before serving as head coach from 1997-99. His Bulldog squads posted a combined 35-30 record. During his time in Athens, the Bulldogs put together back-to-back recruiting classes that were rated among the top-five in the nation by several recruiting analysts.

His teams also made two NIT appearances. In his first season, Georgia posted a 20-15 record, only the seventh 20-win season in program history, en route to a third-place finish in the NIT. Jirsa's Bulldogs put together a 4-1 mark in the postseason with wins over Iowa, North Carolina State, Vanderbilt and Fresno State in March 1998.

In his six combined seasons as an assistant at Tulsa and Georgia, Jirsa helped four consecutive teams win at least 21 games and reach the NCAA Tournament each year. The first three seasons - two at Tulsa and one at Georgia – he reached the Sweet 16. He also coached Jumaine Jones, who was a first-round NBA Draft pick of the Atlanta Hawks in 1999.

Prior to his coaching stint at Minnesota, Jirsa spent four seasons as head coach at Marshall. The Thundering Herd went 13-19 in 2006-07, losing to Memphis in the Conference USA Tournament Quarterfinals.

Preceding his position at Marshall, Jirsa was the senior assistant coach at Dayton under then-head coach Oliver Purnell for four seasons. During his stint at UD, the Flyers posted an 88-39 overall record, made two NCAA Tournaments and two NIT appearances. In the 2002-03 campaign, Dayton posted a 24-6 record, won the Atlantic 10 Tournament championship, advanced to the NCAA Tournament as a four seed and finished the season ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation in the final Associated Press and USA Today polls.

Jirsa has coached in 30 postseason games overall, 18 of those in the NCAA Tournament, and has appeared in postseason play 15 times. He owns a career record of 78-104 in six years as a head coach at Marshall and Georgia.

His coaching career began at Connecticut College as an assistant coach following his graduation from Gettysburg College in 1981. Two years later, he moved on to Delaware and spent one season with the Blue Hens, before taking a graduate assistant position with VCU, which finished ranked 11th in the nation in 1984-85.

Jirsa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Gettysburg College in 1981 and a Master of Arts in athletic administration from Tulsa in 1987. He was a three-sport letterwinner at Ledyard High School in Ledyard, Conn. He and his wife, Laura, have one daughter, Hannah.

Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
David Boyden

David Boyden joined Radford as an assistant men's basketball coach in June 2016. In his role with the Highlanders, Boyden assists with recruiting, on-floor coaching, scouting and post player development.

He played an integral role in Radford's 2018 run to a Big South championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament that included the program's first ever NCAA Tournament victory.

Boyden came to the New River Valley with 10 years of prior Division I assistant coaching experience, including six seasons at his alma mater, Western Kentucky.

A two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection and 1,000-point scorer for the Hilltoppers, Boyden was an assistant with the program for two stints (2008-10 and 2012-16), helping guide teams to five 20-win campaigns, two Sun Belt Conference championships and two NCAA Tournaments, including a first-round victory in 2009. With Boyden on the sidelines, Western Kentucky compiled a 124-78 overall record.

In between that success, he spent the 2011-12 season at Tennessee Tech, working primarily with the post players of a Golden Eagles’ squad that posted a 19-14 mark.

As a player, Boyden ranks third in WKU history with 123 career starts from 2000-03 while playing a key role for teams that won at least 24 games in each of his final three seasons and captured three consecutive Sun Belt East Division and conference tournament titles and NCAA Tournament berths.

He earned All-Sun Belt honors as a junior, was a second-team selection as a senior and was named to the 2003 Sun Belt All-Tournament Team. The native of Richmond, Va., finished his career with 1,167 points, 650 rebounds and 130 assists. In his first two seasons, Boyden was also honored with the E.A. Diddle Award, given to the Hilltopper who best displays leadership, character, loyalty, ability and love of his fellow man.

After receiving his bachelor's degree from the school in 2003, Boyden spent two years working with Radford head coach Mike Jones on Dennis Felton’s staff at Georgia. He first served as an administrative assistant before taking over the role of director of basketball operations for the 2004-05 season.

Boyden then garnered his first assistant coach position at Eastern Kentucky, helping the Colonels to the 2007 Ohio Valley Conference championship and NCAA Tournament during his three seasons.

A 2009 inductee to the Hermitage High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Boyden played one year at Fork Union Military Academy before moving on to Western Kentucky. He earned his Master's Degree from WKU in 2011.

Boyden and his wife, Lindsay, have two daughters, Eva and Nora.

Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Donny Lind

Donny Lind joined Radford as an assistant men's basketball coach in June 2016. In his role with the Highlanders, Lind assists with recruiting, on-floor coaching and scouting, along with working with the perimeter players.

He played an integral role in Radford's 2018 run to a Big South championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament that included the program's first ever NCAA Tournament victory.

Lind came to the New River Valley following three seasons as assistant coach at Mount St. Mary's, where he helped guide the Mountaineers to the Northeast Conference title and NCAA Tournament in 2014. He served as the team’s recruiting coordinator and implemented his advanced basketball analytics program, while overseeing Mount’s full-court pressure defense last season and coordinating the team’s offense during his first two years. In 2013-14, the Mountaineers led the NEC in scoring offense, free-throw percentage and 3-pointers made.

Prior to Mount St. Mary's, Lind spent three years on Shaka Smart's staff at VCU, working alongside Radford head coach Mike Jones. He was a graduate manager during the Rams’ run to the 2011 Final Four before serving as the program’s video coordinator the following two seasons. In addition to his primary responsibilities of daily collection and analysis of all film and implementation of advanced analytics, Lind also assisted with post player development, recruiting and community service efforts.

Lind, a native of New Knoxville, Ohio, graduated with a bachelor's degree from Loyola (Md.) in 2010, after serving as a student manager and video coordinator for the men's basketball program under current Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos.

Lind and his wife, Ciara, have two children: Magnolia and Silas.

Director of Basketball Operations
Jaren Marino

Jaren Marino completed his first season as Assistant Director of Basketball Operations after joining the Radford men's basketball staff in September 2017.

He played an integral role in Radford's 2018 run to a Big South championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament that included the program's first ever NCAA Tournament victory. No one knows how to "bring the juice" like Coach Marino.

“We are excited to welcome Jaren to our staff,” Jones said. “He is coming off one of the most successful seasons ever at Louisburg College where he was an integral part of that success. He brings a diversified skill set to our program with relentless energy and enthusiasm, which will be a welcomed addition to our team. He will relate very well with our players and staff, and will help us have success on many levels.”

Prior to being hired at Radford, Marino spent the 2016 season at Louisburg College in Louisburg, N.C. While at Louisburg College he was in charge of the strength and conditioning program and prepared scouting reports for games, helped with player development and assisted in travel coordination.

The Hurricanes posted a 30-5 record with a 19-1 conference record and made it to the NJCAA National Championship. He also spent time organizing film exchange programs and was the video coordinator.

Marino began his coaching career at his alma mater as a student assistant from 2015-2016, and finished his degree in 2016. Some of his duties included scouting, strength and conditioning, player development, practice and in-game coaching, and assisting with summer camps.

Marino played for West Virginia Tech from 2011 to 2015, and earned a starting role his last three seasons. He also served as team captain his junior and senior years. Named to the All-Conference team twice, and scoring over 1000 points during his collegiate career, he helped lead his team to win the regular season conference championship in 2012 and to the NAIA National Tournament in 2015. During his time at Tech, he was a part of teams that averaged over 20 wins per season.

Assistant Director of Basketball Operations
Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones has joined the Radford men's basketball staff as Assistant Director of Basketball Operations and Video Coordinator, head coach Mike Jones announced Monday afternoon.

"I'm extremely thankful for Coach Jones welcoming me into his program and to Radford University," said Kevin Jones. "He is someone I have a great deal of respect for as a coach and even more so as an individual. I look forward to contributing to these young men's lives and continuing the current success he and his staff have already constructed."

In his new role with the Highlanders, Kevin Jones will oversee all things video and technology, aid in player development through video study, manage video edits and highlights and assist with maintaining a recruiting database.

"Kevin fits great with our staff and team because he is a high character person, who doesn't mind working hard for something," said Mike Jones. "He has a great track record as an assistant at a couple of good programs, and we are very fortunate that someone with his qualifications was available so late in the process."

Kevin Jones, who is not related to Mike Jones or redshirt sophomore guard Carlik Jones, comes to Radford from Norfolk State where he was an assistant coach from 2015-2018. He helped guide the Spartans to back-to-back second-place finishes in the MEAC and coached three All-MEAC guards.

Jones played an important role in scouting, recruiting and game preparation while also serving as the program's Community Service Outreach Coordinator and the Head Academic Liaison.

He has also built up his collegiate basketball resume at Coppin State, where he was an assistant coach in 2014-15. There, Jones coached the guards while helping with recruiting, scouting, compliance and more. Prior to his time at CSU, Jones spent two seasons as an assistant varsity coach at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. He also coached at the AAU level for six years from 2009-14.

Jones graduated from Bowie State University in Maryland with a degree in Sociology in 2000.

Graduate Manager
Brett Gilbert

Brett Gilbert is entering his first season at Radford after joining the men's basketball staff in June of 2018.

A graduate of Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania where he was a team captain on the men's basketball team, Gilbert has extensive working in basketball at both the youth and collegiate levels.

Most recently, he interned with the Lebanon Valley men's basketball team where he assisted with scouting reports, video breakdown and all day-to-day operations.

He has also spent time working camps for programs such as VCU, Rice, Mount St. Mary's and Albright College over the last two years. He's traveled around the country to attend EYBL and Hoop Group events and even served as Director of the brand new ABC Basketball Camp in Reading, Pa.

His writing skills may match his basketball skills as well following a stint as the LVC school newspaper's sports writer.