Jay John Introduced as Head Coach

Jay John was introduced Tuesday as the new basketball coach at Oregon State. He will bring a new attitude to Corvallis.

John, 43, was applauded and welcomed with the OSU Fight Song as he walked to the microphone Tuesday afternoon to be officially named the next coach of the storied Beaver Basketball program. John will fill the position vacated by Ritchie McKay, who took a similar position at New Mexico. John has been an assistant at Arizona for the past four seasons under Lute Olson.

"I'm honored to have a chance to work at Oregon State and in the Pac-10. My attitude every day is that we will concede nothing to anybody. This program has one of the best histories in the Pac-10," John said.

John already has ideas on how he wants his new team to play. "Let's get up and down the floor. We're gonna defend hard. We're gonna play hard. People aren't going to want to come up and play us." He also repeatedly stated that he believes in multiple possession games, meaning they will push the ball up and down the floor.

Jay expressed optimism at the path ahead. "We'll build this thing. We're going to get it going. Attack the opponent. We'll be the aggressor and go at it. We're not in awe of anyone."

John hinted that there will be a change in attitude in Corvallis. "My guys are going to be on the floor. If they don't have floor burns, they're not playing hard enough. We are the community's team. We will bring good people to the community. We have talent and we will play well. People will want to come because it will be an event."

In addition to John's experience at Arizona, he has served two one-year stints as an assistant at Oregon. "We're glad he's living 40 miles up the road from where he used to be," OSU Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart added. John worked eight years as an assistant at Butler University, and also at the University of San Francisco and Jamestown Commnunity College. Former mentors Olson and Barry Collier, who is now the head coach at Nebraska, gave ringing endorsements for John.

John brings to Corvallis the reputation of being a skilled recruiter. He coached nine All Conference Players at Arizona and six players who were selected in the NCAA draft. Barnhart said John has "national recruiting ties" but specifically his expertise on the west coast is expansive.

"I'm going to bring in a staff that's the best in the Pac-10." John would not elaborate as to who will be his assistant coaches, but he mentioned them often is his first press conference as OSU's new coach. "Our families will serve as great role models."

John was one of three final candidates to be interviewed in Corvallis. Also interviewed were Bob Thomason from the University of the Pacific, and Seth Greenberg, from the University of South Florida. Both candidates removed their names from consideration, although there is speculation that they did so only after being told they were not going to be offered the job.

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