M Basketball Coaching Staff
Jay John
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
Experience: 5 Years

Jay John is in his sixth season with the California men's basketball program. After serving as an assistant coach with the Golden Bears for four seasons, he was elevated to Assistant Athletic Director for Basketball Development in 2012.

John served as a coach for 29 years with his final four seasons on the Golden Bears’ bench.
In his current role, John oversees the basketball program's operations and external partners. He has helped enhance Cal's presence with alumni and served as a steward for Cal’s rich basketball tradition, while working with the administration on furthering the program's development efforts.

The Bears have posted 109 victories – their winningest stretch in more than 50 years – with John on staff.

"Jay has been an extraordinary asset to our staff as an exceptional coach and recruiter as a coach and has continued to have a monumental impact on this program in his new role," head coach Mike Montgomery said. "We share the same enthusiasm for Cal in developing a winning program inside and outside of the gym."

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 alma mater, Salpointe Cathlolic High School in Tucson, Ariz.

A 1981 graduate of Arizona with a degree in biology, John earned a master's degree from Butler in 1994. He and his wife, Lisa, have two sons, Tyler and Trevor.