HEAD MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH
On August 19th, 2010, Jody Bailey took over the head coaching position at Jacksonville College. In three years Bailey has guided the Jaguars to 20 wins each season while competing in arguably the Nations #1 Junior College Conference: Region XIV, the Texas Eastern Conference. With a 66-30 overall record Bailey, has established a relentless style. The highlights include the following:
- 2012-2013 Season, 22-9 overall record, completed 3rd straight 20 win seasons. Led team to Quarterfinals of Region XIV Tournament, finishing 13-6 in Region XIV conference play, 4th overall. The Jaguars averaged 86 points per game, 2nd in conference, 11th in NJCAA in scoring. The Jaguars also averaged 17.6 steals, 1st in conference, 1st in NJCAA.
- 2011-2012 Season, 20-13 overall record, completed “Back to Back” 20 win seasons; first time since 1992. Led team to “Back to Back” Final Four Appearances of Region XIV Tournament, including defeating the #1 seeded Paris. The Jaguars averaged 82 points per game, only team in NJCAA with 5 games of 120 or more points.
- 2010-2011 Season, 24-8 overall record, Named Co-Coach of the Year in Region XIV. Led team to Final Four of Region XIV Tournament, (last time Jacksonville College played in Final Four—1997). The Jaguars had two regular season wins over top 5 opponents, (#2 San Jacinto and #5 Midland). Pre-season picked 14th out of 15 teams— finished season tied for 2nd. Team finished 14-5 in Region XIV play. The Jaguars averaged 92 points per game, 1st in conference, 5th in NJCAA in scoring, including 9 games of 100 or more points, while averaging 18.8 steals, 1st in conference, 1st in NJCAA.
His coaching career has included stints at the NCAA Division I level (University of Louisville, Air Force Academy, University of Colorado), NCAA Division II level (Kentucky Wesleyan College), NAIA level (Indiana University, Tennessee Temple University) and High School (Calvary Christian Academy, Eagles Landing Christian Academy).
Before his arrival to Jacksonville College, Bailey was the Director of Operations at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado from 2007-2010 assisting head coach Jeff Bzdelik. Bailey also served under Jeff Bzdelik at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado from 2006-07 as the Video Coordinator. In '06-07, Air Force posted a 26-9 record, setting a new school record for most victories in one season, and advanced to the semifinals of the NIT.
Prior to the Air Force Academy, Bailey served two years as an NBA Regional Scout for Marty Blake, the Director of NBA Scouting from 2004-06. Bailey was the Head Basketball Coach at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, a college preparatory school in McDonough, Ga. from 2002-04. During his stay at Eagle’s Landing, he produced back to back winning seasons and led them to the Georgia Sweet 16 Tournament in 2002-03. Prior to his head coaching in McDonough, Bailey was an assistant coach at Tennessee Temple University from 1999-2002 in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he assisted head coach Kevin Templeton to a 63-37 record.
Bailey also spent one year as an assistant coach for Ray Harper at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky in 1998-99 where he helped the Panthers to 35-2 record and the NCAA Division II National Championship. In 1997-98, Bailey rejoined his father, Joe, as an assistant coach at Beth Haven Christian School in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1996-97 as a first- ever college assistant coach, Bailey aided Indiana University-Southeast in New Albany, Indiana and Head Coach, Jim Morris to their first-ever NAIA National Tournament appearance.
In 1995-96, Bailey accepted his first ever coaching position at Calvary Christian Academy in Montgomery, Alabama. While there, he became the youngest head coach in Alabama High School history to take a team to the Alabama State Championship game at 23 years old.
He began his career under mentor, Denny Crum the Hall of Fame coach at the University of Louisville. From 1992-95, Bailey served as a student assistant for the Louisville Cardinals where the team went to three straight NCAA Tournaments and Back to Back Sweet Sixteen appearances while sporting a 69-29 record during his tenure.
A 41-year old native of Louisville, Kentucky, Bailey earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Louisville in 1995 before completing his master's work in the same field at Louisville in 1997.
Bailey graduated from Beth Haven Christian School in Louisville, Kentucky in 1990 where he was coached by his father, Joe Bailey. While under his father’s tutelage, Bailey became the school’s all-time assists leader with 903 ranking fourth all-time in Kentucky High School History. Bailey also played college basketball at the NAIA level at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee, from 1990-1991 for Tim Collins and at Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, Florida, from 1991-1992 for Del Wubbena.
Bailey and his wife, the former Joy Werle, have one son, J. Lawrence, (3).