Kelby Jones, who has been an integral part of the Texas women’s basketball staff as a graduate manager the past two years, has been named the program’s video coordinator, head coach Karen Aston announced on Tuesday.
“I’m thrilled to be able to elevate Kelby to our video coordinator position,” Aston said. “He has been such a tireless worker as our graduate manager and has earned the opportunity to move forward in his pursuit of a coaching career.”
The Pottsboro native’s duties will include oversight of video exchange and the breakdown of opponent and individual video scouting along with on-campus recruiting and other duties.
“I’m humbled, blessed and excited to be given the opportunity to continue working for one of the top program’s in women’s college basketball. I look forward to continuing the pursuit of a Big 12 and national championship trophy,” Jones said. “I would like to thank, first and foremost, Coach Aston and the rest of the coaching staff for helping develop me the last two years as a graduate manager here at The University of Texas. I will continue to use my knowledge that I have obtained from this staff to help make this program a continued success.”
This past season Texas went 28-7 and was a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and made the Sweet 16 before losing against third-seeded UCLA.
It was the fourth straight Sweet 16 appearance, including reaching the Elite Eight in 2016.
In his previous role at Texas, Jones managed the team’s day-to-day equipment needs, coordinated scheduling for managers and practice players, assisted with game and opponent scouting and was heavily involved in on-campus recruiting. Jones earned his master’s degree in physical education — teacher education — from Texas in May.
“Kelby is one of the rare ones who is a step ahead in his thought processes and is always prepared for his next opportunity,” Aston said. “I’m very pleased that he is able to continue his climb here at Texas.”
As an undergraduate, Jones spent four years as Director of Managerial Operations at the University of North Texas, beginning in 2012. He was the team’s head manager in addition to serving as the program’s interim basketball operations director his senior year.
Jones was responsible for film exchange, team travel, practice schedules, the scout team, equipment and assisted with on-campus recruiting. In 2015, he was nominated for the “Hardest Working Employee” award at North Texas.
Jones has gained additional experience working summer basketball camps at Texas, Louisville and North Texas.
Jones, a 2012 graduate of Pottsboro, earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from North Texas in 2016.
“The thing I have enjoyed the most during my past two years as a graduate manager at The University of Texas is working with a program that is competing at the highest level against the best competition in the nation,” he said. “I have enjoyed my work with high-level student athletes and watching them mature into natural leaders, both off and on the court.”