Ray Martin, Will Jones and Marque Carrington will serve as Joyner's assistants

Men’s Basketball Staff at N.C. A&T Expands; Experience at the Core

When North Carolina A&T State University head coach Jay Joyner announced the hiring of three assistant coaches and a director of basketball operations on Wednesday, it became apparent that he intends on building the team through a foundation of proven leadership and experience.

Ray Martin, Will Jones and Marque Carrington will serve as Joyner's assistants as he heads into his first full season as the Aggies head coach. Adrian Powell will serve as the director of operations.

"I think the staff assembled here is going to have a major impact on A&T's program because they have tremendous knowledge of the game, they're passionate and they have the ability to build great relationships," said Joyner. "Those attributes are vital on the recruiting trail, in ensuring our players are strong academically and in our practices."

From former Aggies to players of Division 1 basketball teams to championship winning coaches, the newcomers bring their own flair and specialty to the Aggies camp.

Martin has been in the college basketball coaching profession for five decades. He played basketball for four years under head coach Digger Phelps at Notre Dame where he was a team captain and a member of the Fighting Irish team who ended UCLA's 88-game winning streak on Jan. 19, 1974. Martin began his coaching career as the freshman coach at Harvard during the 1977-78 season. He spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at North Carolina State University under head coach Jim Valvano, winning two ACC championships and making six NCAA tournament appearances and one national title run.  

Martin has held assistant coaching positions for numerous institutions including an assistant coach for John Thompson during the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials. Martin will be responsible for coaching the Aggies big men, scouting, assisting with academics, putting together the Aggies game schedule each year and making sure the players have housing. 

Jones comes to N.C. A&T after spending the 2015-16 season at Florida A&M. He will take the lead in recruiting for the Aggies. Additionally, he will be responsible for player development, aspects of academics and scouting. He will also serve as the defensive coordinator. Jones started his career as a graduate assistant at Tennessee State University. He then earned an assistant coaching position for two seasons at Northwest Florida State College. He also served as an assistant at Charleston Southern and Jacksonville University. Additionally, he spent one season as the head basketball coach and physical education instructor at West Nassau High School in Callahan, Florida.

Carrington's new assistant coaching position is a return home for the 2002 A&T graduate, of which Joyner believes is vitally important to maintain Aggie representation on the team. His duties will include organizing community service events, scheduling team travel, setting team practice times and scouting. Carrington spent the past two seasons at Division II Saint Augustine's College in Raleigh as an assistant men's basketball coach. Prior to that he was the boys’ varsity basketball coach at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh for six years. In 2010 his team won the Carolina 6 conference championship, and Carrington was named conference coach of the year.

Powell is a familiar face to Aggie fans having led the Aggies to their latest MEAC title as the tournament’s 2013 Most Outstanding Performer. He is one of only 30 players in A&T history to score 1,000 career points. He will be in charge of the everyday aspects of the administrative work in the men's basketball office as well as organizing the summer basketball camp, assisting with team travel and monitoring classes. Relatively young, Joyner believes Powell’s age will enable him to better relate to the players and share his story of how hard work can transform a team with few wins into a championship team.