Staff
Head Coach
Mike Jones

Head coach Mike Jones has completed seven seasons at the helm of the Radford men’s basketball program after taking the position on June 14, 2011.

2017-18 was his most successful season to date, winning 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 school record with 23 wins thanks to its first ever NCAA Tournament victory - a 71-61 win over LIU Brooklyn in the First Four.

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 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 two seasons as well, with Highlanders taking home the program’s first and second postseason victories over Oregon State and Delaware State in the College Basketball Invitational.

During his tenure, the Highlanders have defeated opponents such as Georgetown, Virginia Tech and Penn State with plans to add to that list. 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.

Radford’s success can be attributed to the foundation laid in Jones’ first season in the red and white with Big South All-Freshman selections Javonte Green and R.J. Price. Green, who was Jones’ first All-Big South performer, and Price spearheaded the Highlanders’ resurgence to the top of the league.

Under Jones’ tutelage, Green developed into one of the all-time greats in Radford men’s basketball history. The Petersburg, Va., native finished his career second in scoring, first in rebounding, first in steals, second in free throws made, second in field goals made and first in games played. Price left RU ranked fourth all-time in scoring.

The duo represents two of six Highlanders to turn pro following their career in Radford. Cam Jones, Rashun Davis, Cam Brown and Brandon Holcomb have all gone from learning under Jones to extending their basketball careers into the professional realm.

Radford’s most recent season under Jones, 2016-17, saw the Highlanders reach the Big South Championship Semifinals for the first time since 2010. Ed Polite Jr., led the Big South in rebounding and double-doubles (14) during 2016-17. He also led Radford in scoring and steals, and ranking second on the team in blocks and third in assists. The 6-5 forward averaged 9.5 rebounds per game to rank 31st in the NCAA, while becoming the first sophomore in program history to reach the 500 career rebound-mark and the second to do so in two seasons of play.

The Highlanders opened the 2015-16 campaign with a double-overtime victory at Georgetown and followed up just 10 days later with a road win at Penn State, the program's first victory over a Big 10 opponent.

Jones spent the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons at VCU, which included a magical run to the 2011 Final Four with wins over USC, Georgetown, Purdue, Florida State and Kansas. While on Shaka Smart’s staff, the Rams posted 55 wins over the final two seasons Jones was on the staff, the highest total over any two-year span in program history.

Prior to his second coaching stop in Virginia at VCU, Jones served a six-year stint on Dennis Felton’s bench at Georgia from 2003-09. In 2008, Georgia advanced to the NCAA Tournament when the sixth-seeded Bulldogs won four games in three days to complete the most improbable SEC Championship run in conference history, which included a tornado striking the Georgia Dome and the tournament being moved to the Georgia Tech campus.

While at Georgia, Jones made a name for himself when Rivals.com selected him as one of the nation’s Top-25 recruiters in 2005.

Jones also previously worked under John Beilein at Richmond from 2000-02 and during the early stages of Beilein’s rebuilding project at West Virginia in 2002-03.

Jones’ father, Jimmy, was a star guard in the ABA from 1967-74. In 1974, Jimmy Jones signed with the Washington Bullets in the NBA, where he remained until 1977.

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 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.

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
Junard Hartley

Junard Hartley was named Director of Basketball Operations for Radford in July 2016.

In his role, Hartley oversees the daily operations of the men's basketball program, including the logistics of budget, game-day management, coordination of managers' duties, team travel arrangements and equipment coordination.

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.

Prior to arriving in the New River Valley, Hartley was the assistant coach at Westlake High School in Atlanta, Ga. His primary duties were player development and defensive strategy.

A native of Atlanta, Hartley served as a graduate assistant for Georgia State from 2012-14. He coordinated all camps, created weekly practice and academic schedules for players, orchestrated player individual workouts, delegated duties for student team managers and assisted with the director of basketball operations.

As a student-athlete, Hartley was a four-year standout at point guard for Campbell when the Camels competed in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The 2010 A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year, Hartley was a Bob Cousy Award nominee, which is given to the best point guard in the nation.

Hartley earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Campbell University in 2011 and a M.S. in Sports Administration from Georgia State University in 2014.

Assistant 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.