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Coaching Staff

Jayson Gee
Assistant Coach

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.

Sean Dwyer
Assistant Coach

Sean Dwyer is in his first season as an assistant coach at Cincinnati having worked alongside new Bearcats head coach John Brannen the past eight seasons.

Dwyer, who was the first addition of Brannen's staff at Northern Kentucky prior to the 2015-16 campaign, served as an assistant coach with the Norse the past four seasons.

Prior to that, Dwyer and Brannen worked four seasons on Alabama's staff under Anthony Grant.

Dwyer helped see NKU complete its move from Division II to Division I status, participate in two NCAA Tournaments (2017, 2019), one NIT (2018), claim two Horizon League regular-season championships (2018, 2019) and two conference tournament titles (2017, 2019). During the last three seasons, the Norse posted a 72-30 overall record.

While at Alabama, Dwyer served two seasons as video coordinator (2012, 2013) before spending two years as Grant's special assistant to the head coach (2014, 2015). Dwyer performed statistical analysis of Crimson Tide teams and opponents, served administrative roles as the liaison to the compliance office and provided oversight for the student managers program.

Prior to his stay at Alabama, Dwyer worked the 2010-11 season as the video coordinator at Arkansas under head coach John Pelphrey and 2009-10 campaign as the assistant video coordinator at Florida under head coach Billy Donovan.

Dwyer, who earned his finance degree at Michigan State in 2009, spent four years as a student manager with the Spartans and was a part of four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and a national runner-up finish in 2009.

Tim Morris
Assistant Coach

Tim Morris is in his first season as an assistant coach at Cincinnati after serving in the same position at Northern Kentucky the past three seasons under new Bearcats head coach John Brannen.

In three campaigns with the Norse, Morris helped direct NKU to two NCAA Tournament appearances (2017, 2019), one NIT appearance (2018), two Horizon League regular-season championships (2018, 2019) and a pair of conference tournament titles (2017, 2019). During the last three seasons, the Norse posted a 72-30 overall record.

Prior to NKU, Morris served as the director of player development at Nevada in 2015-16, under head coach Eric Musselman. The Wolf Pack won the College Basketball Invitational that season, finishing 24-14 overall.

Morris also worked as a graduate assistant at Alabama for three seasons where he earned a master's degree in human performance.

His first assistant coaching position came at Kennesaw State during the 2011-12 season.

A 2008 graduate of Stanford, Morris played three seasons for head coaches Mike Montgomery and Trent Johnson where he earned a degree in English literature. He played his senior season for his cousin, head coach Lorenzo Romar, at Washington.

Morris played professionally overseas for FC Bayern Munich in 2008-09 before an injury forced him to retire. 

Morris and his wife Morgan are the proud parents of twins, Ryan and Simeon.

Jake Luhn
Assistant to the Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Jake Luhn joined Cincinnati basketball as the assistant to the head coach/recruiting coordinator in May 2019.

Luhn (pronunciation rhymes with fun) had worked alongside new UC head coach John Brannen at Northern Kentucky as director of basketball operations during the 2018-19 campaign.

With Luhn on staff last season, the Norse compiled a 26-9 overall mark while claiming the Horizon League regular-season championship and appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons.

Luhn previously served on the coaching staff at Longwood for five seasons (2014-18) under Jayson Gee, who now serves as an assistant coach with the Bearcats. At Longwood, Luhn was an assistant coach his first two season before being elevated to associate head coach for the final three campaigns. He was involved in recruiting, scouting, player development and scheduling. He primarily coached wing players. 

Prior to his time at Longwood, Luhn worked four seasons (2004-07) at St. Bonaventure for Anthony Solomon, currently the associate head coach at Dayton. That coaching staff also included Brannen and Gee. Luhn spent three seasons as the director of operations with the Bonnies before being elevated to assistant coach for the 2006-07 campaign.

After four years at St. Bonaventure, Luhn stepped away from basketball after the sudden passing of his father, John Luhn. He left St. Bonaventure to return home to Melbourne, Fla., to run the family business as CEO of LifeStyle Homes Builders, Inc. While there, he also served as assistant coach at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy under lifelong friend Steve Henderson.

Gee brought Luhn back to the college level at Longwood in 2013.

Luhn was a three-year lettermen and two-year team captain at the University of Massachusetts Boston (1999-2002) following a year at New England College (1998-99). He was a two-time UMass Boston Student-Athlete of the Year as a junior and senior and served as a graduate assistant coach at the school during 2002-03.

Luhn graduated from UMass Boston in 2002 with a degree in exercise science and physical education. He earned a master’s in business administration from UMass Amherst in 2004.

Luhn attended Melbourne Central Catholic in Florida where he played for Ron Johnson (a four-time high school state champion head coach) and Dagan Nelson (current head coach at New York University). 

Jake and his wife, Jodi, have two sons, JJ and John, and a daughter, Julia.

Craig Heatherly
Director of Men's Basketball Operations

Craig Heatherly is in his first season as director of basketball operations at Cincinnati. 

Heatherly worked the past four seasons at North Dakota. He was elevated to the role of assistant coach for the 2018-19 campaign after spending three seasons as the director of operations with the Fighting Hawks. In his second season at North Dakota (2016-17), he helped lead North Dakota to the school’s first NCAA Tournament appearance.

Prior to his work at North Dakota, Heatherly served five seasons on the coaching staff at Davenport University, an NAIA-level school in Michigan. He held the title of associate head coach during his final two seasons with the program. During Heatherly’s stay, Davenport registered a 177-39 record with three Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) titles, including outright championships in 2012 and 2013. 

Heatherly earned a degree in business administration management from UMass-Lowell in 2010. As a player at the school, Heatherly helped lead the River Hawks to two NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and the 2010 Northeast-10 Conference Tournament championship.

A native of Mishawaka, Ind., Heatherly earned his master’s degree in business management from Davenport in April 2019.

Heatherly and his wife, Linaya, had their first child, Bayne, in August 2019.

George Neilson
Video Coordinator

George Neilson is in his first season as video coordinator with the UC men's basketball program after three seasons as director of men’s basketball operations at Santa Clara.

He spent the 2015-16 season as basketball operations assistant with the NBA’s Chicago Bulls, creating personnel reports and video edits on opponents while assisting in player development workouts.

Before his time with the Bulls, Neilson assisted at Arizona State for two seasons as the video coordinator (2014-15) and a graduate assistant (2013-14).

Neilson, a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., earned a degree in physical education from Alabama in 2011 while serving as a student manager his final two years.

Neilson also served as a volunteer assist video coordinator with the Crimson Tide during the 2011-12 season and a graduate assistant at Drake in 2012-13.

Neilson earned a master’s degree in liberal studies from Arizona State in 2014.

He married Michelle Belleville in August 2019.

Mike Rehfeldt
Director/Men's Basketball Sports Performance

University of Cincinnati Men's Basketball Director of Sports Performance Mike Rehfeldt has been a part of Bearcats Athletics since June 2012. 

Rehfeldt's responsibilities include the physical development of UC players to perform optimally while decreasing their likelihood of injury. He is closely involved in the preparation of each player's readiness for practices and games via nutrition, recovery and education.

His efforts have been critical in the physical develop of former Bearcats Sean Kilpatrick, Troy Caupain, Gary Clark and Jacob Evans III, who have gone on to play professionally in the NBA.

Rehfeldt came to UC with more than 11 years of professional experience including time as strength and conditioning assistant with the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars and as the head strength coach with the UFL's Sacramento Mountain Lions.

Rehfeldt had been assisting the Cincinnati Bengals' strength and conditioning program since August 2011, creating pre- and post-workout nutrition protocols, introducing training techniques to reduce recovery time and planning and instructing training of developmental players.

Prior to assisting with the Bengals, Rehfeldt served as head strength and conditioning coach with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL from 2009-2011. Among his duties in Sacramento, he created and installed an off-season and in-season strength and conditioning program and designed and equipped the team's weight room.

Rehfeldt worked as a strength and conditioning assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2006-09, implementing training and rehabilitation instruction for injured players and instructing group training sessions. While with the Jaguars he also served as the director of athletic development at the S3 Athletic Development Center at Yates in Jacksonville.

A native of Blaine, Minnesota, Rehfeldt earned a degree in physical education from St. Cloud State University in 2005.

Rehfeldt and his wife Elise reside in Northern Kentucky with their daughter, Olivia.