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Jay John To Be Inducted Into Pima County Sports Hall Of Fame

Nov 12, 2021
Cal associate AD Jay John spent six seasons with the Bears' men's basketball program. He'll be inducted in to the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame (Ariz.) on Sunday.

TUCSON, Ariz. – California Associate Athletics Director and former men's basketball assistant coach Jay John will be inducted into the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday as part of the Class of 2021.
 
John, a native of Tucson, Arizona and graduate of Salpointe Catholic High School and the University of Arizona, is one of 14 individuals – along with two teams – included in the PCSHOF Class of 2021. John currently serves as Cal's associate AD for Development and Sports Administration and spent six seasons with the Cal men's basketball program, including four as an assistant coach under Mike Montgomery and the latter two as the Assistant Athletics Director for Basketball Development.
 
His coaching career spanned 29 years with his final four seasons being on the Golden Bears' bench. The Bears posted 130 victories – their winningest stretch in more than 50 years – with John on staff.
 
During John's nearly three decades on the sidelines, he served as the head coach at Oregon State and worked as an assistant at Arizona, Oregon, Butler and San Francisco, in addition to Cal, at the Division I level. He has helped guide each program to the postseason during his tenure as a coach.
 
At Oregon State from 2002-08, he directed the Beavers to the 2005 National Invitation Tournament, compiling a 17-15 mark, for the program's first postseason berth and winning record in 15 years. He won 66 games during his first five seasons in Corvallis, the most for an OSU coach in a five-year stretch since 1988-93.
 
John spent four years under Lute Olson at Arizona where he was part of the Wildcats' appearance in the 2001 national championship game. He also coached at Oregon for two stints (1984-85 and '97-98), with additional stops at San Francisco in 1988-89, Butler from 1989-97, Jamestown Community College in New York and entered the coaching ranks at his high school alma mater, Salpointe Catholic.
 
A 1981 graduate of Arizona with a degree in biology, John earned a master's degree from Butler in 1994.
 
An induction banquet of the PCSHOF Class of 2021 is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 at the Doubletree Hotel in Tucson.
 
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