the director of operations and Jerry Hobbie takes over as the director of recruiting.
Duncan is in his fifth season at SMU, most recently serving as the director of basketball operations.
“Jay has an impressive background, and has been an incredibly valuable part of our program the past four seasons,” says Jankovich. “Before arriving at SMU with Coach (Larry) Brown and myself, he played for Rollie Massimino and worked for Jay Wright. I am excited for him and for us that he is moving into this position with our team.”
In his time at SMU, the Mustangs have become a perennial top-25 team, being ranked most of the past three seasons. SMU won the 2014-15 American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles, reached the 2015 NCAA Tournament, claimed the 2015-16 Las Vegas Classic championship and reached the title game of the 2014 NIT.
In the summer of 2015, Duncan was the head coach for a Global Sports Academy U.S. team. The squad went 5-0 on the tour with games in Belgium, Germany, England and the Netherlands.
Prior to SMU, Duncan spent two seasons (2010-12) as a graduate assistant coach on Jay Wright’s staff at Villanova. During his time at Villanova, he was part of a 21-win season and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Before beginning his coaching career, Duncan spent two seasons (2008-10) as a starter and team captain for legendary Coach Rollie Massimino at Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Fla. His teams posted a 54-13 record in two years, making consecutive NAIA National Tournaments. In 2009-10 Duncan was selected as Student-Athlete of the Year after leading the Sun Conference in 3-point shooting percentage and finishing second in three-point field goals made. He was also a two-time NAIA Champion of Character honoree.
He played his first two collegiate seasons at Southeast Community College in Nebraska, where he was a two-year starter. Duncan was selected All-Region IX first team and was named an NJCAA Academic All-American, while leading his team to the NJCAA National Tournament.
Duncan graduated from Northwood University cum laude in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in business. He also received a master’s in education from Villanova in 2012; graduating with distinction while earning a 3.8 GPA. In 2015, Duncan was admitted to the SMU Cox School of Business and is working toward an MBA.
“Jay Duncan is one of the most passionate and loyal assistants we have worked with at Villanova. His knowledge of the game is second to none. We’re proud that Coach Jankovich is giving Jay this opportunity.” — Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright
“We knew Jay was special as soon as he arrived on our campus. His work ethic, burning desire to excel and knowledge of the game of basketball was exceptional. He led us to two consecutive National Tournament appearances with his unselfish, team-oriented play; leading by the example he set. Jay is a wonderful young man with a great personality and tremendous character. He has the innate gift of developing a rapport with all types of people. Jay has worked extremely hard to climb the ranks of his basketball profession, and I’m sure he will continue that same diligence in his new position at SMU.” — Rollie Massimino (1985 NCAA Championship Head Coach at Villanova, 2013 College Basketball Hall of Fame)
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