Coach Bostwick Names Assistant Coach
Along Came Jones
Plus: Men’s Basketball Team Update
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The pieces are coming together for Donnie Bostwick.
Hired by Southwestern Assemblies of God University to direct the men’s basketball program, the new head coach has been busy on the recruiting trail, finalizing the schedule, evaluating talent, planning summer camps and securing his top assistant coach.
Coach Bostwick has announced that Garrett Jones has been hired as the Assistant Coach.
Jones was a standout point guard on the 2009 national championship team under Bostwick at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. He played for the Eagles for two years, then played a key role on his staff there as a Graduate Assistant Coach the past two seasons. “Garrett was a pass-first point-guard who had an uncanny ability to make others better,” praised Bostwick. “He was the ultimate coach on the floor.”
“Garrett is a key hire,” Bostwick said of the 24-year old. “I consider him the first big recruit I have been able to land at SAGU.”
“He has an incredible basketball mind, is a tireless worker and will help implement our program as quickly as possible,” Coach Bostwick pointed out. “When you go through change, the more people you have on the same page, the better. Garrett has played in our system, won a National Championship, and has spent the last two years learning the ropes while being a part of our coaching staff.”
Jones recently finished his Master’s degree in Business and is excited to have an opportunity to teach classes at Southwestern. He is also getting married this month to his college sweetheart, Whitney Lopez. She starred in soccer at OKWU during her four years on the Bartlesville campus.
“I have total confidence he is the right guy for the job,” Bostwick continued. “Garrett has great people skills. He is a winner with a great work ethic. Plus, he’s been a part of nearly every aspect of our program the past two years and he’s ready for this opportunity. Very few people go the second mile as willingly as Garrett.”
A native of Edmond, a northern suburb of Oklahoma City, Jones graduated from Edmond North High School. He enjoyed a solid career for the North Huskies.
He is currently the only member on Coach Bostwick’s staff.
Lions Basketball News and Notes
PURPLE PRIDE SCHEDULE:
SAGU’s schedule is posted on-line and includes both a 30-game regular season and an exhibition game against Tarleton State University on November 26. Coach Bostwick may add a second exhibition or set up an Alumni Scrimmage.
The season begins with two games in Oklahoma on Nov. 4-5. The Lions home opener is slated for Nov. 12 when they host Sterling College (Ks).
There will not be a JV program this fall, according to Coach Bostwick.
There will be an opportunity for student walk-ons to compete for a roster spot on the team in the fall, but only with an invitation extended by the coaching staff.
The plan is to have 25 players on hand when pre-season begins. Following cuts, the team will keep 20 for practices, but will suit-up about 15 for games.
To date, five incoming players have been introduced as having signed a National Letter of Intent to suit up for the purple and gold. Two are more expected to be announced this month.
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