BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California promoted longtime college assistant Wyking Jones to head basketball coach Friday in place of the departed Cuonzo Martin.
Jones was an assistant under Martin the past two seasons and served as interim coach after Martin left to take the job at Missouri last week. Jones has also been an assistant at Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, New Mexico and Louisville before getting his first chance as a head coach with the Golden Bears.
"To be able to lead this incredible group of men is a dream come true for me," Jones said in a statement. "When I left Louisville and decided to come home to California, I was stepping out on faith, but I knew in my heart this was where I needed to be. Coach Martin left an unbelievable foundation for the program and we will work hard to continue to elevate Cal basketball."