Jayson Gee, a 30-year veteran of the collegiate coaching ranks, joined the University of Cincinnati men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach in May 2019.
He spent the 2018-19 season as an associate head coach at Winthrop.
Gee’s nearly three decades of coaching experience includes head coaching positions at Longwood (2014-18) and Division II Charleston (1997-2003) in West Virginia, compiling a career mark of 202-175.
Gee also has served as an assistant or associate head coach at Youngstown State (1990-93), Ohio (1994-96), St. Bonaventure (2004-06) and Cleveland State (2007-13). While at Cleveland State, Gee helped guide the Vikings to four 20-win seasons and four postseason appearances, including an automatic bid into the 2009 NCAA Tournament, where the Vikings knocked off Wake Forest in the first round.
Gee recruited and coached 2011 NBA Draft first-round pick Norris Cole at Cleveland State and helped develop 1995 NBA Draft first-round selection Gary Trent while at Ohio. Gee also was tabbed one of the nation’s Top 10 assistant coaches by BleacherReport.com while at Cleveland State.
In 2015, Gee received the prestigious John Lotz Barnabas Award from the Fellowship of Christian Athletics, honoring a basketball coach who best exhibits a commitment to Christ, integrity and encouragement of others, and lives a balanced life.
The veteran basketball coach is also the author of The Battle for Brandon, a book that is a dramatic and compelling story about Jayson Gee and his wife Lynette and their son Brandon's courageous fight against child onset paranoid schizophrenia. The Gee family also worked with mass media veteran Chad Bonham to transform the book into a documentary that has received endorsements from Emmy Nominated and Golden Globe Award winning actress Jennifer Garner, WNBA MVP Tamika Catchings, former Pittsburgh Steeler Antwaan Randle El, and many more.
Gee spent three years at St. Bonaventure (2004-06), including two seasons as associate head coach. Cincinnati head coach John Brannen served as an assistant on staff with Gee for three seasons.
Prior to that, he was the head coach and assistant AD at the University of Charleston (W.Va.), where he led the Division II program to a seven-year record of 160-55. It was here where Gee gave Brannen his first assistant coaching job.
Gee served three seasons on the staff at Ohio (1994-96), including his final season as an associate head coach.
Gee began his collegiate coaching career at Youngstown State, where he spent four years with the Penguins after becoming one of the youngest Division I assistant coaches in the country, at age 23.
Gee was one of 18 selected for the 2008 ACE (Achieving Coaching Excellence) Program in Indianapolis. Sponsored by the NCAA Black Coaches and Administrators Council, the ACE Program prepares minority collegiate coaches for success as future head coaches.
The Springfield, Ohio, native played four years at Charleston, helping the program to a record of 92-30, including 30-5 during his sophomore season. A two-year team captain, Gee finished his collegiate career third in both rebounds (844) and games played (122). He was inducted into the Charleston Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
Gee earned his bachelor of science degree in social science education from Charleston in 1988, and his master’s of science degree in sport science and administration from Ohio University in 2003.