Jeremy Ballard’s effect on the VCU Basketball program was an immediate one. In his first year as an assistant with the Rams, he worked closely with shooting guard Troy Daniels, who went on to set a single-season school record with 124, which earned him a Summer League contract with the Charlotte Bobcats.
Now in his second year with the Black & Gold, Ballard looks to try and help take the Rams to even greater heights.
“We’re extremely excited about having Jeremy on our staff,” Head Coach Shaka Smart said. “He comes from a very good coaching pedigree and possesses a terrific combination of work ethic, charisma and basketball knowledge.”
Ballard came to VCU after spending five seasons at the University of Tulsa as an assistant coach.
“I’m thrilled to be able to work at VCU everyday,” Ballard said. “I came here with the utmost respect for what this program accomplished in such a short period of time. The opportunity to help sustain and hopefully surpass that standard of success is one I look forward to.”
During his five years at Tulsa, Ballard helped guide the Golden Hurricanes to 109 victories, including three 20-plus win seasons. During his time at TU, the Golden Hurricanes had nine all-conference honorees, including a first-team member in each of the past four seasons.
In his first season at TU, the Golden Hurricanes piled up 25 wins and a berth in the Conference USA Championship game. They eventually went on to roll to the inaugural CBI Championship. That postseason appearance was followed up with back-to-back NIT showings.
Prior to his time with the Golden Hurricanes, Ballard spent time as an assistant at Mercer and his alma mater, Colgate University. He was a four-year member of the Raiders basketball program, serving as a captain during his senior season.
During his time as a student-athlete at Colgate, Ballard won the highly prestigious ECAC Merit Medal Award twice, becoming only 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 graduated from Colgate from 2003 with a bachelor's degree in English and a minor in Religion. He is joined by his wife, Khatera, and son Khalif Jamal was born in July.