The staff includes assistant coaches Will Ryan, Jason Kemp and Aaron Fuss, and director of basketball operations Jared Swanson
Jason Kemp enters his third season as an assistant coach with the Ohio men's basketball program under third-year head coach Saul Phillips in 2016-17.
Ohio posted 23 victories in 2015-16 -- including an 11-7 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The 2015-16 Ohio squad matched the 1998-99 team for the biggest turnaround in program history. The Bobcats improved by 13 wins after posting just 10 victories in 2014-15. The 2015-16 Bobcats matched the 1982-83 team for the sixth-most wins in a single season in program history. After earning the No. 2 seed in the 2016 MAC Tournament presented by VisitMyrtleBeach.com and a bye to Cleveland, Ohio defeated No. 7-seeded Northern Illinois, 79-62, on March 10 in the quarterfinals before falling to No. 3-seeded Buffalo in the semifinals the following day, 88-74. The Bobcats made their 22nd postseason appearance in program history and advanced to the semifinals of the 2016 College Basketball Invitational after beating Albany in overtime in the first round, 94-90, on March 16 and knocking off UNCG, 72-67, on March 21 in the quarterfinals. Ohio's season ended two days later with a 77-72 defeat at the hands of Morehead State.
Ohio's 2,746 points scored in 2015-16 ranked as the second-most in a single season in program history while its 937 field goals made tied for second. The Bobcats set a program record with 296 three-point field goals made. The team's 38.6 percent three-point field goal percentage was good for second-best in program history. Ohio surpassed the 90-point mark five times in 2015-16 and eclipsed the 80-point mark 16 times.
Senior forward Antonio Campbell was named a 2015-16 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America selection, the 2016 MAC Player of the Year, a 2015-16 National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I First Team All-District 14 honoree and a 2016 First Team All-MAC pick. Redshirt junior guard Jaaron Simmons earned 2015-16 NABC Division I Second Team All-District 14 honors. The Second Team All-MAC selection's 275 assists last year went down as the most in both program and MAC history. Guard Jordan Dartis garnered All-MAC Freshman Team selection for his efforts last season after setting the program's single-season record with a 47.9 percent three-point field goal percentage.
No stranger to the MAC, Kemp came to Athens after a memorable one-year stint under head coach Tod Kowalcyzk at Toledo. During the 2013-14 campaign, the Rockets posted a program-record 27 victories and earned a berth in the National Invitation Tournament for the eighth time in school history. Toledo earned a share of the MAC regular season title and opened the season 12-0 for the first time since the 1966-67 season.
Prior to his stint at Toledo, Kemp spent eight seasons on the basketball staff at North Dakota State, first as a graduate assistant coach for two seasons (2005-07) under current Nebraska head coach Tim Miles and for six years (2007-13) as an assistant Phillips.
During his time as an NDSU assistant coach, the Bison posted a 108-77 (.584) overall and 63-43 (.594) Summit League record and advanced to post-season play on three occasions -- including the 2009 NCAA Championship and 2012 and '13 College Basketball Invitational. He also aided in the Bison's transition from NCAA Division II to Division I classification and helped NDSU to an NCAA Championship appearance in its first year of eligibility for postseason play in 2009.
A Madison, Wis., native, Kemp was a four-year letterwinner in basketball at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He served as a team captain his senior year before joining his former head coach Stu Engen as an assistant coach at Minnesota State Moorhead for the 2004-05 campaign.
Kemp earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science from Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2004 and completed a master's degree in sport and recreation management at North Dakota State in December 2006.
Kemp and his wife, Michelyn, reside in Athens with their daughter, Violet.