LaGrange College athletic director Jennifer Claybrook announces the hiring of Jasen Jonus as the head coach for men's and women's cross country. Jonus will continue as men's basketball associate head coach.
"I am very excited to have Jasen Jonus serving as our head coach for our men's and women's cross country programs," Claybrook said. "We are looking for him to take our programs to the next level. He brings a great deal of excitement and recruiting experience to the position. I know he is committed to excellence and has experience in coaching championship student-athletes and teams. We are thrilled to have him in the role. He will make a positive impact to our programs, department and institution."
Jonus is in his fifth season on the men's basketball coaching staff. He was promoted to associate head coach before the 2017-18 season. Jonus has been the men's basketball varsity reserves head coach for the past two seasons. During his time at LaGrange, the men's basketball team has won three USA South Tournament championships and played in four straight NCAA Division III national tournaments.
Jonus is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and holds a masters of education in history and reading degree. He played basketball three years at Birmingham-Southern after transferring from Wallace State (Ala.). Jonus was named Newcomer of the Year his first year and selected to the All-Conference team. He was on the SCAC All-Conference and All-South Region teams in helping lead the team to their first NCAA Tournament appearance and first SCAC conference championship in school history.
"I am truly blessed to have earned this opportunity as well as all the opportunities President Dan McAlexander and Coach Jennifer Claybrook have entrusted with me," Jonus said. "It is a true honor to be named the new men's and women's Head cross country coach. I will do everything in my power to continue the excellence that has been shown by every team in the LaGrange College athletic department. With a lot of hard work, dedication, and a solid recruiting class, I know our program can accomplish great things in the future."