VCU assistant Jeremy Ballard takes head coach job at FIU

Florida International has hired VCU assistant Jeremy Ballard as its next head coach, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">according to Jon Rothstein</a>.
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<p dir="ltr" lang="en">Florida International has hired VCU's Jeremy Ballard as its next head basketball coach, per multiple sources. Official announcement expected soon.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) <a href="">April 20, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Ballard's first stint with VCU began as an assistant under Shaka Smart, where he spent 3 seasons helping to develop future NBA players like Troy Daniels, Briante Weber, and Treveon Graham. The Rams went 79-28 during those 3 seasons, and appeared in the NCAA tournament each season.

Once Shaka Smart left, so did Ballard, which led him to 1 year at Illinois State, 1 year at Pittsburgh, and back to VCU as an assistant under Mike Rhoades this past season.

Ballard is the 6th former assistant to Shaka Smart at VCU to become a head coach, following the likes of Mike Morrell (recently named head coach at UNC Asheville), Mike Rhoades (VCU), Will Wade (LSU), Jamion Christian (Mt. St. Mary's), and Mike Jones (Radford).
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