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Jim Les
Les in 2013 at the San Jose State Event Center
UC Davis Aggies
PositionHead coach
LeagueBig West Conference
Personal information
Born (1963-08-18) August 18, 1963 (age 60)
Niles, Illinois, U.S.
Listed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolNotre Dame College Prep
(Niles, Illinois)
NBA draft1986: 3rd round, 70th overall pick
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career1987–1995
PositionPoint guard
Number25, 12, 33, 14
Coaching career1994–present
Career history
As player:
1987–1988Rochester Flyers
1988Chicago Express
19881989Utah Jazz
1990Santa Barbara Islanders
1990Los Angeles Clippers
1990Saskatchewan Storm
1990Omaha Racers
19901994Sacramento Kings
1994Omaha Racers
1994–1995Atlanta Hawks
1995CB Salamanca
As coach:
1994Omaha Racers (assistant)
1999–2001Sacramento Monarchs (assistant)
2011–presentUC Davis
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

Career statistics
Points1,210 (3.8 ppg)
Rebounds396 (1.2 rpg)
Assists930 (2.9 apg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

James Alan Les (born August 18, 1963) is an American basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the UC Davis Aggies men's team. A former point guard, Les played seven seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) after his college career at Bradley University.

In 2011, he was hired as the head coach of the UC Davis Aggies men's basketball team.[1]

College career[edit]

Les began his collegiate basketball career playing at Cleveland State University, but transferred after the 1981–82 season to Bradley.[2] While attending Bradley University he was a member of the Accounting Student Association and the Delta Upsilon fraternity.[2] When he left college in 1986, he had compiled the second most assists in NCAA history in a combined playing career with Cleveland State and Bradley.[2]

Professional career[edit]

A 5'11" point guard, Les was the 70th overall pick in the 1986 NBA draft, selected in the third round by the Atlanta Hawks.[3] However, the Hawks waived Les in July 1986. Two months later, Les signed with the Philadelphia 76ers but was waived in December without playing a game.[3] Les re-signed with the 76ers on July 1, 1987, but was waived on November 3 before the regular season.[3]

Les later signed with the Rochester Flyers of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) and played 12 games from 1987 to 1988.[4] In the summer of 1988, Les signed with the Chicago Express of the World Basketball League (WBL).[4] Les was a 1988 All-WBL selection and led the league in three-point field goal percentage in 1988 with 46.7%. The Chicago Express were runners-up in the WBL championship.[5]

Les signed with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks on October 19, 1988, but was waived the next day. He then signed with the Utah Jazz and made his NBA debut on November 4, 1988. Les played all 82 games of the 1988–89 season. Les averaged 9.5 minutes, 1.7 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. After playing one game in the beginning of the 1989–90 season, Les was waived by the Jazz on November 6, 1989.[3] Les then joined the Santa Barbara Islanders of the CBA and averaged 14.6 points and 9.8 assists a game.[6] Les returned to the NBA on February 6, 1990, with the Los Angeles Clippers and was waived on February 27 after playing 6 games.[3]

In the summer of 1990, Les signed with the WBL's Saskatchewan Storm.[4] On July 16, Les scored 38 points and had 17 assists to rally the Storm to a 140–136 win over the Calgary 88s after trailing by 16 at halftime. Les made 6 of 7 three-point attempts.[7]

Les signed with the NBA's Charlotte Hornets on August 29, 1990, but was waived before the regular season on October 23, 1990. On December 31, Les signed with the Sacramento Kings. Following two ten-day contracts, Les signed with the Kings for the rest of the season on January 20, 1991.[3] With the Kings that season, Les reached career highs in scoring average (7.2 PPG), assists (5.4 APG), steals (1.04 SPG) and field goal percentage (.444), while also leading the league in three-point field goal percentage (.461).[3] The following year, he was runner-up to Craig Hodges in the AT&T Long Distance Shootout contest.[8] Les played over 200 games for the Kings over 4 seasons before the team waived him on January 9, 1994.[3]

Les signed with the Omaha Racers (formerly the Rochester Flyers) of the CBA after leaving the Kings.[4] With the Racers, Les was both a player and assistant coach.[9] With 20.2 points per game, Les was the Racers' leading scorer in the playoffs, and the Racers advanced to the 1994 CBA Finals.[10]

On August 9, 1994, Les signed with the NBA's Atlanta Hawks. In 24 games, Les averaged 2.1 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.[3] In October 1995, Les signed with CB Salamanca of the Spanish Liga ACB and was waived in December.[4] Les averaged 13.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 4.7 assists in 7 games with Salamanca.[11]

Coaching career[edit]

Jim Les in the huddle with UC Davis

Following his NBA career, Les was an assistant coach for the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs from 1999 to 2001. Les was on the staff of Monarchs head coach Sonny Allen in 1999 and 2000 and Maura McHugh in 2001. In all three seasons with Les as an assistant coach, the Monarchs made the WNBA Playoffs and advanced to the 2001 WNBA Conference Finals.

In 2002, he returned to his alma mater Bradley University as head coach, where he led Bradley to an improved record in each of his first two seasons. The Bradley Braves advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA tournament in 2006. The following year the Braves exceeded expectations to make it to the NIT. In 2008, the Braves participated in their third consecutive postseason tournament when they were invited to the first annual College Basketball Invitational tournament. The Braves advanced to the CBI finals, defeating Cincinnati, Ohio University and Virginia, while losing two games to one to Tulsa in the CBI championship round.

In 2009, the Braves participated in their fourth consecutive postseason tournament when they were invited to the first annual CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The Braves beat Austin Peay 81–74 in the first round of the tournament, and then went on to beat Oakland University 76–75[12] on a miracle 70-foot shot by Chris Roberts at the buzzer to earn Les his fourth consecutive 20-win season. The Braves advanced to the CIT finals with a win over Pacific, while losing to Old Dominion 66–62 in the CIT championship game.[12] The Bradley Braves finished the 2009–10 season in fifth place at 9–9 in the Missouri Valley Conference.[13] Bradley finished the 2010–11 season tied for ninth place at 4–14 in the Missouri Valley Conference.[14]

Professional basketball players who played at Bradley under Les include Zach Andrews, Danny Granger, and Patrick O'Bryant.

Les was relieved of his duties on March 6, 2011, after the Braves finished a disappointing 12–20 campaign.[15]


Les' older brother Tom played for the Bradley Braves from 1972 to 1975 and is the school's all-time assists leader.[16] Their father, Richard Les, died of Parkinson's disease in 2011.[17] Les has three children, including Tyler, who played basketball at UC Davis under him.[17][18]

Head coaching record[edit]

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Bradley Braves (Missouri Valley Conference) (2002–2011)
2002–03 Bradley 12–18 8–10 T–5th
2003–04 Bradley 15–16 7–11 T–6th
2004–05 Bradley 13–15 6–12 8th
2005–06 Bradley 22–11 11–7 T–5th NCAA Division I Sweet 16
2006–07 Bradley 22–13 10–8 4th NIT Second Round
2007–08 Bradley 21–17 9–9 T–5th CBI Runner-up
2008–09 Bradley 21–15 10–8 4th CIT Runner-up
2009–10 Bradley 16–15 9–9 5th
2010–11 Bradley 12–20 4–14 T–9th
Bradley: 154–140 (.524) 74–88 (.457)
UC Davis Aggies (Big West Conference) (2011–present)
2011–12 UC Davis 5–26 3–13 9th
2012–13 UC Davis 14–17 9–9 6th
2013–14 UC Davis 9–22 4–12 9th
2014–15 UC Davis 25–7 14–2 1st NIT First Round
2015–16 UC Davis 11–19 6–10 5th
2016–17 UC Davis 23–13 11–5 2nd NCAA Division I Round of 64
2017–18 UC Davis 22–11 12–4 1st NIT First Round
2018–19 UC Davis 11–20 7–9 T–6th
2019–20 UC Davis 14–18 8–8 5th
2020–21 UC Davis 10–8 6–4 4th
2021–22 UC Davis 13–11 5–6 7th
2022–23 UC Davis 18–14 11–8 6th
2023–24 UC Davis 20–13 14–6 3rd
UC Davis: 195–199 (.495) 110–96 (.534)
Total: 349–339 (.507)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jim Les hired as head coach of UC Davis basketball. Retrieved on May 5, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Jim Les' 2006–2007 Media Guide bio" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-08. (99.0 KiB), Bradley University, released January 12, 2007
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Jim Les". basketball-reference. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Jim Les" (in Spanish). Liga ACB. Archived from the original on December 19, 2013. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  5. ^ "World Basketball League".
  6. ^ "Archives". Los Angeles Times. 7 February 1990.
  7. ^ "Sports Shorts". Associated Press. July 17, 1990. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  8. ^ Patton, Robes (February 9, 1992). "Hodges Has More Than Les: Bulls Guard Gets 3-point 3-peat". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  9. ^ "Jim Les" (PDF). Bradley Braes. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  10. ^ "Omaha Tries for Cba Repeat".
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-20. Retrieved 2013-12-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ a b Bradley Braves Basketball 2008-09 Schedule - Braves Home and Away - ESPN
  13. ^ Missouri Valley Conference Standings - College Basketball - ESPN (2009-10)
  14. ^ Missouri Valley Conference Standings - College Basketball - ESPN (2010-11)
  15. ^ "Bradley Basketball Coach Jim les Released".
  16. ^ BU moved closer to valley than hilltop during 1970s Archived 2007-08-16 at the Wayback Machine, July 21, 2002
  17. ^ a b For Jim Les, it's a family affair at UC Davis - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
  18. ^ Player Bio: Tyler Les - UC Davis Official Athletic Site

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