Jamon Copeland
Head Coach
Men's Basketball Coaches
PHONE: (903) 565-5984 EMAIL: jcopeland@uttyler.edu
Jamon Copeland

Jamon Copeland has earned 134 career wins entering his sixth season as the head coach of the UT Tyler men's basketball program. 

Since arriving in Tyler, Copeland has helped the Patriots set new marks including the ASC East Division's third seed in the 2017 Championship Tournament and back to the postseason in 2017-18. He has led the Patriots to the program's first postseason victory, its first victory over a nationally ranked opponent, the second and fourth most wins in a season in school history, while also finishing with the most wins in a season for a first year head coach. He led the Patriots to a 15-11 record in the 2016-17 season and to a 10-3 mark at home and followed that season by leading the team to a 17-9 record in 2017-18. The 17-win season is the second winningest in program history and the Patriots advanced to the postseason for the third time under his leadership.

Copeland also served as the Interim Director of Compliance in 2017 for the UT Tyler Athletic Department.

In 2017-18, Copeland helped develop Emeka Obukwelu into an ASC All-Conference and ASC East Division First-Team selection while Josh Tatum, Johnell Lane and Skyler Hadden also earned postseason awards. UT Tyler sophomore Davis Moore was named the ASC East Division Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year. The year before, Jordan Francis was named the ASC East Division's Newcomer of the Year and to the ASC East First-Team in 2016-17. Melvin Anthony, Obuwelu, Josh Tatum and Skyler Hadden were also honored by the conference for helping the Patriots return to the postseason. 

In his first season with the Patriots, Copeland helped the Patriots set new marks, leading the Patriots to the ASC semifinals for the first time in school history. In addition, the Patriots won the second-most games in program history (15), while Copeland finished with the most wins in a season for a first year head coach.  UT Tyler had two All-ASC performers, seniors Bryce Kemp and Travis Dykman, who were named Second and Third Team respectively.

The 2015-16 season the Patriots went 13-12, earning the fourth most wins in school history, including going 8-3 on their home court and earning the programs first win over a nationally ranked opponent.  Anthony Gonzales earned ASC East Division second-team honors and Demarcus Metcalf earned an honorable mention selection. 

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 every year, going from 14 to 23.  His teams were ranked in the NAIA Top 25 on numerous occasions, reaching as high as number 14 in the country.

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 four young boys, Corban, Blaise, Asher, and Judah.



Year School W L Results/Notes
2009-10 Ave Maria 14 15  
2010-11 Ave Maria 16 17  
2011-12 Ave Maria 19 15  
2012-13 Ave Maria 23  9  
2013-14 UT Tyler 15 12 ASC Tournament Semi-Finals; 4th-Place Tie in ASC regular season
2014-15 UT Tyler 4 21  
2015-16 UT Tyler 13 12  
2016-17 UT Tyler 15 11 ASC Tourament Quarterfinals; ASC East 3rd Place
2017-18 UT Tyler 17 9 ASC Tournament Quarterfinals; ASC East 4th Place
Career   134 119  
Men's Basketball Coaches
Jamon Copeland
Head Coach
Jake Deer
Associate Head Coach
Dave Nedbalek
Assistant Coach