VIDEO: Coach Jones - Developing leaders on the court and in the community All-Time Record at Boston University: 107-86 (.554), six seasons All-Time Conference Record at Boston University: 70-34 (.673) 2015-16 NBCSports.com Patriot League Coach of the Year
2013-14 Patriot League Regular Season Champions
Three Postseason Appearances: 2016 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), 2014 National Invitation Tournament (NIT),
2013 CIT Two-time Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award finalist (2014, 2017)
With over 20 years of coaching experience, Joe Jones enters the 2017-18 season at the helm with the Boston University men's basketball team, as the Terriers look to claim their fourth postseason berth in six years under his watchful eye.
During his tenure, he has led BU to six top-four finishes in the conference standings, including a Patriot League regular season title in 2014 and No. 2 finish in both the 2017 PL and 2013 America East schedules.
Entering his seventh season with the Terriers, Wilson joined head coach Joe Jones and his staff in July of 2011 after working at the Ivy League's Yale University for 12 seasons, including the last five as associate head coach.
During the past six years on Commonwealth Ave., he has helped guide BU to three postseason berths, the 2016 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), the 2014 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and the 2013 CIT.
This past year, the Terriers finished second in the PL standings and led a conference in defensive field goal shooting percentage (.425) for the first time since 2004-05. Despite having to use 15 different lineups as a result of injuries in 2015-16, BU averaged 73.0 points per game and shot 45.4 percent from the field, the team's highest mark since 1992-93.
The 2013-14 season proved to be a memorable one for the Terriers, as they captured their first conference regular season title since 2004 and finished with 24 wins, second most in program history. BU also clinched its second consecutive postseason appearance and hosted Big Ten member Illinois on ESPN2 at Agganis Arena to open the NIT.
With Wilson's assistance, on the defensive end, BU went 17-3 when holding opponents below 70 points and led a conference in turnover margin for the first time since 2005 at +1.91. Season highlights included holding fellow Patriot League member Navy to its lowest offensive output (32) since 1943 and earning an 83-77 road win at ACC member Maryland.
"Curtis is a tremendous coach whose experience and knowledge will be invaluable to the program," Jones said of his hiring in the summer of 2011. "He is a hard-working family man who will serve as a great role model to our players. I have known Coach Wilson for over 15 years and am thrilled to finally have the opportunity to work with him."
Working at Yale under Joe Jones' older brother, James, Wilson played a key role in the turnaround of the basketball program. In 2001-02, the Bulldogs won their first Ivy League title since 1962-63 and earned the first postseason tournament victory in the history of Yale basketball. The team won 21 games, the second most in the modern era of Yale basketball, and reached the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.
Promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2006-07 season, Wilson helped the Bulldogs record a .500 or better record in league play for nine consecutive years (2000-09), which hasn't happened at Yale since the official start of Ivy play in 1956-57. Before joining James Jones, Wilson spent five years as an assistant to Tom Brennan at Vermont and three years at his alma mater, Adelphi. In 1994, Wilson helped guide the Panthers to the Division II ECAC championship.
Graduating in 1991, Wilson remains fifth all-time on the Adelphi scoring list with 1,531 career points. A four-time basketball letterwinner and co-captain of the team for three years, he received his bachelor's degree in business administration and finance and later earned a master's degree in sports management from Adelphi in 1994. In the spring of 2001, he was inducted into the Adelphi Athletic Hall of Fame.
Wilson and his wife, Heather, have three daughters Aysia, Leigha and Tiffini.
A former Wake Forest assistant and Xavier alum with two NCAA appearances as a player, Corbean returns for his fourth season with the Terriers after helping head coach Joe Jones guide BU to a second-place finish in the 2017 Patriot League regular-season standings and 2015-16 CollegeInsider.com Postseason appearance.
"We are all very excited about Walt joining our staff," said Jones in the summer of 2013. "I have known Walt for over 15 years and he brings a great deal of experience to our staff. You add in his character, work ethic and knowledge, and we have someone who I believe will make a significant impact on and off the court."
Corbean worked on the Wake Forest staff from 2007-13, including the last two as an assistant coach. He joined the Demon Deacons as the director of basketball operations after serving as the head basketball coach at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Ind. In seven seasons, Corbean led the Grenadiers to a 140-95 record and three National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic (NAIA) National Tournament appearances.
He also captured four Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships. His most successful season came in 2005-06 when IUS finished ninth in the nation in the final NAIA Division II poll with a record of 30-4.
Corbean began his coaching career at his high school alma mater, The Seven Hills School, in Cincinnati. He was an assistant varsity coach and head junior varsity coach for four seasons before earning his degree in psychology from Xavier in 1991.
The former Musketeer then broke into the collegiate coaching ranks as an assistant coach at Northern Kentucky University. He spent four seasons as an assistant at NKU, the last two of which he also served as academic coordinator. Corbean was instrumental in helping the Norsemen reach the Sweet 16 of the 1995 NCAA Division II Tournament.
Making his return to the Patriot League at BU, he joined the staff at Army in 1995 and spent three years with the Black Knights, including one season as the recruiting coordinator. Corbean then became an assistant coach at Eastern Kentucky for two seasons from 1998-2000 before taking the head job at IUS.
As a Musketeer from 1985-87, Corbean helped Xavier to a pair of Midwestern Collegiate Conference championships and a two-year record of 44-18. After earning his bachelor's from Xavier, Corbean received his master's degree in secondary education from Northern Kentucky in 1997.
Corbean and his wife, Kathy, are the parents of a son, T.J.
After helping lead Long Island Brooklyn to three NCAA appearances over the last seven years, Jack Perri has joined the Boston University men’s basketball team as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2017-18 season, head coach Joe Jones announced on May 15.
Perri spent the past five seasons as the head coach at LIU Brooklyn, most recently leading the Blackbirds to a second-place finish in the Northeast Conference at 13-5 and a 20-12 overall record. Highlights of the season included a victory over Big East member St. John’s and Jerome Frink claiming the program’s third NEC Player of the Year award in the last six years after averaging an impressive 16.8 ppg and 8.9 rpg. Iverson Fleming also took home the NEC’s Most Improved Player honor by increasing his scoring average from a year prior by nearly 10 points to 14.5 ppg.
“We are proud to be adding Jack to our Basketball family,” said Jones. “He comes to BU with a wealth of knowledge and experience. He has been a part of several NCAA tournament teams and is a proven winner. An advocate for his student-athletes, Jack embodies what we are all about here at BU.”
In his first season at the helm, Perri guided the Blackbirds to an unprecedented third-straight NEC Tournament title in 2013 with a 20-14 record and became just the second recipient of the Joe B. Hall National Coach of the Year award, handed out annually to the top first-year head coach at the NCAA Division I level.
Sixteen of the 20 triumphs came following the loss of 2012 Northeast Conference Player of the Year Julian Boyd to a season-ending injury just eight games into the year. Perri restructured the high-powered LIU offense following the midseason loss and boosted the unit into the top five nationally in scoring (fifth at 79.5 ppg).
The Manalapan, N.J. native mentored the 2012-13 NEC Player of the Year Jamal Olasewere to career highs in scoring and rebounding, as well as junior point guard Jason Brickman to a LIU single-season record in assists. Brickman led all NCAA Divsion I players in assists per game (8.5) and once again led the nation in 2013-14 at a remarkable 10.0 assists per game, becoming just the second player in NCAA history to average double-figures in the category for an entire season.
Since joining the Blackbirds in 2005-06, Perri helped the team steadily move up the ladder in the NEC. With Perri serving as associate head coach in 2011-12, LIU went 25-9 en route to a second appearance in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. The Blackbirds ranked second in the country in scoring (81.4 ppg) and compiled the nation’s second-longest active home winning streak at 27 games.
The 2010-11 season saw LIU compile a 27-6 record for their most overall wins since 1936-37 and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1997. The team ranked fourth in the nation in scoring (82.7 ppg) and set a program record for conference wins (16).
Before joining the staff at LIU, Perri served as the head men’s basketball coach at Division III Rhode Island College in 2004-05. In his lone season at Rhode Island College, Perri took the Anchormen to the final of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament after posting a 20-9 record, capturing the program’s first Little East Conference co-regular season championship and earning the league’s coach of the year award.
Following his graduation from Bentley College, he moved to the sidelines at his alma mater. As the top assistant from 1998 to 2004, he was responsible for all aspects of recruiting and helped build a squad that went on to earn the No. 1 national ranking in 2004-05 and a No. 2 ranking in 2006-07. During his time on the staff with the Falcons, he helped the team return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in eight seasons in 2002.
A 1998 graduate of Bentley, Perri was a two-year captain and helped the Falcons post four winning seasons while playing in 99 career games. Perri and his wife, Julie, are the proud parents of three children, Sean Patrick, Jackson Richard and Charlotte Taylor.
Jimmie Oakman was promoted to Director of Basketball Operations in the fall of 2015 by head coach Joe Jones after spending the previous year as special assistant and director of advanced scouting.
In his previous role, Oakman oversaw all aspects of the video editing systems while also creating scouting reports, highlight films and playbooks. He served as the point contact for the summer camps and executed community service initiatives by working with the Boston Scholar Athletes program and serving on the Executive Committee for Coaches vs. Cancer.
"Jimmie has proven in a very short time to be a valuable member of our staff," said Jones at the time of the announcement of the promotion. "His work ethic, organizational skills and overall knowledge have been an asset to the program, and I'm pleased to have the opportunity to promote him."
Prior to joining Jones’ staff in the summer of 2014, Oakman spent three seasons as assistant men’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, N.H. While with the Eagles, he coordinated travel arrangements as well as monitoring the team budget while also constructing individual workout plans.
The 2010 UMass graduate worked as a student assistant with the Minutemen for three years helping in all aspects of the day-to-day operations and also spent two years as an assistant coach at Amherst-Regional H.S. from 2009-11.
A former team captain and two-time team MVP, John Papale ('16) rejoined the Boston University men's basketball team in August 2017 as a special assistant to his former coach, Joe Jones, and was elevated to the video coordinator position in November 2017.
“We are so pleased to have John Papale back at BU,” said Jones. “No one I have ever coached was a better teammate than John. We will all benefit from his presence and I am very excited to assist him in his journey of becoming a collegiate coach.”
One of Jones’ first signees at BU, Papale played a critical role in helping the Terriers reach three postseason tournaments and claim the program’s first conference regular season title in a decade. As a senior, the two-time Lou Cohen MVP award recipient averaged 11.9 ppg with 2.6 rpg and a program-high 95 3-pointers to key BU’s run to the second round of the 2016 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. He currently ranks No. 1 all-time at BU in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.36), No. 2 in career treys (287) and tied-for-first in games played (129).