Former Georgia Bulldog Jonas Hayes returns to Athens as program coordinator

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Georgia head coach Mark Fox announced on Thursday that former Georgia Bulldog Jonas Hayes will be joining the staff as program coordinator.

After five seasons as an assistant at Belmont Abbey, Hayes gets to return to his alma mater.

“I am really excited to have Jonas join our staff,” Fox said. “He will be a valuable asset as we move forward. He is a smart and talented young man who will be a great example to our players.

“I am excited to have a former player who is so passionate about Georgia become part of our team.”

Jonas and twin brother Jarvis transferred to Georgia from Western Carolina, and they would both play important roles in the success of the Georgia program during the early 2000s.

Georgia reached the NCAA tournament in 2002 and NIT in 2004, with Jonas Hayes being a member of both teams.

One of the personal highlights of Hayes’ career in Athens was his lone three-pointer, a game-winner in 2002 against Colorado.

Hayes won’t be allowed to coach the players, but to have a former Bulldog working in the program should be a positive for Fox as he looks to build Georgia into a winner.

“I am thrilled to be coming back to Georgia,” Hayes said in a statement released by the school.  “I can’t tell you how blessed I feel to be joining Coach Fox’s staff.  UGA holds a special place in my heart.

“I’m just ready to get started, ready to do whatever I can to help build the program.”

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.