Jonathan Metzger-Jones
Jonathan  Metzger-Jones

Position:
Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Pacific '02


03/05/2018

UC Davis dominates All-Big West honor roll

Aggies earn a league-high six All-Big West Conference awards; Shorts II becomes conference's first-ever Player and Newcomer of the Year winner

  • UC Davis advanced to the NCAA Tournament (2017) and National Invitation Tournament (2018) in his two years on staff
  • Member of Montana's basketball staff for five years prior to joining UC Davis' program
  • Throughout his tenure with the Grizzlies, they won three Big Sky titles and appeared in the postseason four times
  • Montana competed in the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Tournaments, 2015 NIT and 2016 CBI
  • Began his coaching career at Cal State Fullerton as its director of basketball operations; his first assistant coach opportunity took place at UC Santa Barbara
  • Helped UCSB win Big West championships in 2008 and 2010, and earn trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and 2011
  • Coached four players who continued their career in the NBA: Will Cherry, Orlando Johnson, James Nunnally and Alan Williams

Jonathan Metzger-Jones was hired as an assistant coach at UC Davis on June 16, 2016. In his time with the program, he helped lead the Aggies to the best two-year stretch in their Division I history. In addition to its back-to-back postseason appearances, which includes a Big West Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth in 2017, followed by a Big West regular season championship and National Invitation Tournament appearance in 2018, both seasons ended with the Aggies winning 22 or more games.



The 2017 postseason run began with a come-from-behind victory in the championship game of the Big West Tournament — the first time UC Davis advanced to the NCAA Tournament in school history by earning the conference's automatic bid — and continued four days later when UC Davis earned its first-ever Division I playoff win. By defeating North Carolina Central in the First Four, the Aggies advanced to the Midwest Regional First Round and faced Kansas in the inaugural head-to-head meeting in school history.

After winning the Big West’s regular season championship, on the final day of league play with a double-overtime win on the road at conference rival UC Irvine, the 2017-18 season culminated with another postseason appearance when the Aggies faced Utah in the first round of the NIT.

Led by Head Coach Jim Les earning Big West Coach of the Year accolades for the second time in his career, and junior point guard TJ Shorts II collecting Big West Player of the Year and Big West Newcomer of the Year awards — the first time in conference history one student-athlete received its top two individual honors — the Aggies led the league for the second straight season with its All-Big West awards haul.

Metzger-Jones arrived at UC Davis after spending five seasons as an assistant coach at Montana. Throughout his tenure in Missoula, the Grizzlies won three Big Sky regular season championships and advanced to postseason play on four occasions. In addition to competing in the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Tournaments, Metzger-Jones' teams also competed in the 2015 National Invitation Tournament and 2016 College Basketball Invitational.


With Metzger-Jones on staff, Montana won 20 or more games in four of five years. Under his tutelage, 17 Grizzlies earned All-Big Sky Conference honors -- a list that includes Kareem Jamar (2013 Big Sky Conference MVP), Will Cherry (Cleveland Cavaliers), Jordan Gregory and Martin Breunig. All four players received NABC All-District recognition.

While at Montana, Metzger-Jones was tasked with recruiting, player skill development, opponent scouting, in-game strategy, scheduling, the program’s fundraising efforts and player academics — an area that saw the Grizzly basketball team post its highest cumulative GPA in program history.

Before he joined the Grizzlies' staff, Metzger-Jones helped lead UC Santa Barbara to its most successful stint in program history. Over the course of his four years the Gauchos won the 2008 and 2010 Big West regular season titles, consecutive Big West Tournament championships and the program's first-ever back-to-back berths at the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and 2011. UCSB also qualified for the 2008 NIT.

While at Santa Barbara, Metzger-Jones recruited and mentored Orlando Johnson, James Nunnally and Alan Williams. Johnson and Williams received Big West MVP distinction in 2010 and 2014 respectively; all three have NBA experience.


Metzger-Jones played two seasons at Pacific, was named co-captain as a senior and etched his name in the Tigers' records book as one of the program's top 10 three-point shooters when he graduated in 2002 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration.

Afterwards, he spent three seasons playing professionally in Europe with stops in Switzerland, Denmark and Finland. 

Upon his return to the United States, Metzger-Jones started his coaching career as Cal State Fullerton’s director of basketball operations..

Metzger-Jones is married to the former Alison Keck. The couple has one son, Jason.