“The life skills Jamon teaches in the classroom are phenomenal.” — Coke Whitworth, Observing Coach and Parent of a PGC Grad
Jamon Copeland is head coach of the UT Tyler men’s basketball program.
In his first season with the Patriots, Copeland helped the Patriots set new marks, leading the them to their first postseason victory in school history and the second-most wins in program history, while also finishing with the most wins in a season for a first-year head coach.
Copeland, a Coppell, Texas, native, came to UT Tyler from Ave Maria University in Florida where he served as the head coach since 2009. During his four years at the helm of the program, Copeland increased the program’s wins in a season each year, going from 14 to 23. His teams were ranked in the NAIA Top 25 on numerous occasions.
Prior to moving to Florida, Copeland served as the assistant men’s coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas State University in San Marcos. Copeland helped sign three McDonald’s All-American candidates, four players ranked in the Top 40 in the state of Texas, and helped the Bobcats improve their win totals in each of his three seasons. While at Texas State, Copeland was responsible for recruiting, scouting opponents, individual player development, scheduling, academic advising, strength and conditioning and many other areas.
During the 2005-06 season, Copeland was the assistant men’s and women’s coach at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, where he helped lead the Lady Cardinals to a Region XIV Championship and a NJCAA National Tournament appearance.
Copeland began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Keller Central High School.
He is a 2004 graduate of Franciscan University and holds a Master of Science from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Additionally, Copeland is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is also a CrossFit Level I Trainer.
He is also a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
Copeland and his wife Jessica reside in Tyler and have three young boys, Corban, Blaise, and Asher.
Favorite Quote: “Tough times pass, tough people last.”
What They’re Saying About Jamon
“As a coach and business executive for over 25 years I can say that PGC is at the edge of technology in understanding and teaching both the physical and mental aspects of the game of basketball. I want to pass on a super thanks to Jamon for encouraging her to attend PGC’s Athlete Performance College. By personally reaching out to her, Victoria felt very special and important. Jamon and his staff did and incredible job and have had a very positive impact on my daughter’s growth as a basketball player and more importantly as a leader on and off the court. The last few weeks Victoria has had by far the best performances of her career, both on the offensive and defensive end of the court. We just signed Victoria up for PGC Essentials this summer and look forward to her continued growth as a fundamentally strong player and leader.”
— Paul Zebb, Parent of PGC Grad
“I came into PGC being shy and unconfident. As soon as I walked in the door, Coach Jamon had such an impact on me. I decided to change after Coach Jamon simply said, “If you’re shy, then change.””
— Noah Austin Roberson, PGC Grad
“Attending PGC with Coach Jamon was by far the best basketball camp my daughter and I have ever experienced. The rapport that Jamon immediately builds with the athletes and coaches is most impressive. He makes all the athletes and coaches feel like a part of the PGC family. Jamon engages the heads AND hearts of the athletes and coaches. The life skills Jamon teaches in the classroom are phenomenal. Jamon pushes the athletes to work to their full potential. His encouragement and support create a very upbeat program. My daughter is a better player and teammate for having attended, and I know I am a far better coach. I will be sure to attend again next summer and bring more of my players with me.”
— Coke Whitworth, Observing Coach & Parent of a PGC Grad
“I especially liked this course because I learned different things to incorporate into my shot. I also learned the foundation of being a great shooter. Coach Jamon was excellent in helping me adjust things according to my own needs and still attaining the needs to be a better shooter.”
— Kacie Brannan
“Coach Jamon helped me understand things better. I have never had a coach explain things so well. I am very glad that I attended this course!”
— Andrew, PGC Grad
“It was a very eye opening experience for me. I had been before but I learned so much more this time.”
— Carson Brown