Jeremy Ballard returns to VCU following assistant coaching stints at Illinois State and Pitt. In total, Ballard has spent 12 seasons as an assistant coach at the Division I level.
Ballard served as an assistant on Kevin Stallings’ Pitt staff during the 2016-17 season, where he coached All-ACC Third Team and USBWA All-District II forward Michael Young.
In 2015-16, Ballard helped guide Illinois State to an 18-14 overall record and a 12-6 Missouri Valley Conference mark, which tied for second place and signified ISU's highest league finish and most conference wins since 2007-08.
Working primarily with Illinois State’s forwards, Ballard helped MiKyle McIntosh earn MVC Most-Improved Team accolades after McIntosh increased his scoring average by 5.1 points per game. McIntosh was also a 2016 All-MVC Honorable Mention Team selection.
Ballard helped lead VCU to a 79-28 mark and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances during his initial tenure in Richmond from 2012-15. During that time, VCU won at least 26 games each season. In 2014-15, the Rams captured their first Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament title. VCU was ranked as high as No. 10 in the Associated Press Top-25 Poll during that period, and on his watch, the Rams earned five all-conference accolades, including two first-team honors.
During his first year as an assistant with the Rams, Ballard worked closely with shooting guard Troy Daniels, who would set a VCU single-season school record with 124 3-pointers. Daniels has since played for four NBA franchises. He signed a multiyear contract extension with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2016. In all, Ballard coached three eventual NBA players at VCU, including Briante Weber and Treveon Graham.
Ballard’s three seasons on Shaka Smart’s staff at VCU (2012-15) were preceded by five seasons at Tulsa (2007-12) where he helped guide the Golden Hurricane to 109 victories, including three 20-plus win seasons. Tulsa had nine all-conference honorees, including a first-team selection in each of his final four seasons with the Golden Hurricane. Ballard either recruited or coached three NBA players – Jordan Clarkson, Jerome Jordan and Ben Uzoh – during his time at Tulsa.
In his first season, Tulsa piled up 25 wins and a berth in the Conference USA championship game. The Golden Hurricane eventually won the inaugural College Basketball Invitational Championship and that postseason appearance was followed by back-to-back National Invitation Tournament showings.
Prior to his time with the Golden Hurricane, Ballard was an assistant at his alma mater Colgate University (2004-07). During his time as a student-athlete at Colgate, Ballard won the prestigious ECAC Merit Medal Award twice, becoming only the third player in Colgate history to do so. He twice earned Patriot League Academic Honor Roll recognition and was given the title of the team's best defensive player by the coaching staff during his senior season. Ballard also served as a captain during his senior season.
An Atlanta native, Ballard graduated from Colgate in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in English and a minor in religion. He has a son, Khalif Jamal.
Ballard Coaching Career
2004-07 – Colgate, Assistant Coach
2007-12 – Tulsa, Assistant Coach
2012-15 – VCU, Assistant Coach
2015-16 – Illinois State, Assistant Coach
2016-17 – Pitt, Assistant Coach
2017-pres. – VCU, Associate Head Coach