BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. – Water Valley native Jon Nevol was introduced at a news conference Friday as the new head men's basketball coach at Blue Mountain College.

Nevol heads to BMC from Jones County Junior College (Miss.), where he helped lead the Bobcats this past season to state and regional titles and a Sweet 16 appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament.

"Being named the head coach at Blue Mountain College is more than a blessing," Nevol said.  "I'm astonished and I have to give credit to the Most High God.  I prayed and kept faith that I would receive a blessing such as this."

Nevol has served as Jones County's assistant since 2016, and previously was a video coordinator from 2014-16 under Andy Kennedy at Ole Miss and a grad assistant under the Dean of the SEC Coaches from 2012 – 2014.  He was a part of Kennedy's staff when the Rebels secured a school-record 27 wins in 2013, the 2013 SEC Championship and appearances in the 2013 and 2015 NCAA Tournaments.

"I started at Ole Miss under Coach Kennedy and grinded my way up to graduate assistant and later into the role of video coordinator.  In those positions, I gained knowledge on how a successful division one basketball program should be managed under the all-time winningest coach at Ole Miss," Nevol commented.

He also credited former Jones County Junior College head coach and current Ole Miss assistant coach Rahim Lockhart for preparing him to be a head coach.

"I appreciated the opportunity to work with someone like Coach Lockhart, who has been successful at different levels. He also allowed me to gain valuable recruiting experience that has prepared me in multiple ways."

"We're thrilled to welcome Jon into the Blue Mountain College family," said BMC Athletics Director, Will Kollmeyer.  "I believe he will be an outstanding leader for our team, and mentor for our student-athletes.  After a thorough and comprehensive search process, there is no doubt he is a perfect fit for this institution and our men's basketball program."

Nevol, who becomes the program's third head coach, said he's ready for the pilot's seat and looks forward to what lies ahead.

"I'm eager to be a part of a Christian family and I promise to bring out the best in my players, on and off the court.  I'd also like to thank Dr. McMillin and Mr. Kollmeyer for providing me with this opportunity.  I'm ready to get to work."

Nevol holds his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Ole Miss in Criminal Justice.

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