Team Defeat Diabetes stands as one of the first-year teams joining TBT in 2022. Playing for those living with Type-1 Diabetes, this team finds itself placed in the Xavier Regional for the tournament. Matt Jones recently signed on to be the team’s head coach.
In its first year at TBT, Defeat Diabetes hopes to benefit those individuals living with Type-1 diabetes. The squad is sponsored by the JDRF, formerly known as by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. It will donate a portion of their winnings to the foundation.
Defeat Diabetes Welcomes Matt Jones as Head Coach for TBT 2022
Matt Jones comes to team Defeat Diabetes and TBT 2022 with a wealth of coaching experience. A native of Bryan, Ohio, Jones played collegiately at the JUCO and NAIA levels. Following a successful playing career, Jones transitioned to a job in coaching and player development.
Jones spent years gaining experience at the Division II and III levels of NCAA competition, as well as at the Junior College level. He moved beyond the amateur coaching ranks when he joined the staff for Maccabi Ashdod and head coach Brad Greenberg in the highly-respected Israeli Premier League.
Jones added head coaching experience to his ledger recently. He was head coach for KB Vllaznia in Albania’s top professional league during the 2021 Covid-shortened season. Jones also served as Prep Program Director and National Team Head Coach at the Combine Academy.
Jones comes with experience overseas as HC in Albania and assistant coach in 1st League Israel. We are excited for him to lead our team and help defeat diabetes❗️ pic.twitter.com/hORLWA6qIq
— Defeat Diabetes TBT (@DefeatT1DMtbt) June 20, 2022
Matt Jones on Coaching Defeat Diabetes in TBT 2022
“As someone who has coached pro basketball overseas, I know sometimes players abroad do not get the respect they deserve,” head coach Matt Jones told GameofInchesReport.com.
“The TBT is an awesome platform to show fans just how good basketball is abroad and how good these players who take their talents there really are. To be a small part of one of the best new basketball traditions to come along is also an awesome honor.”
“Coaching the Defeat Diabetes team is uniquely special because of all the people who live with or are impacted with Type 1 Diabetes,” Jones said. “Sports has a way of uniting people. I hope our team can be something that brings this community of people together. We are playing for something bigger than just our group of players of the roster!”
The Basketball Tournament, known by many these days as TBT, stands as one of the more popular forms of summer basketball for fans to enjoy. The tournament hosts 64 teams playing in a single-elimination bracket for a winner-take-all $1 million prize. Moreover, professional and former college stars make up the rosters for most teams. Some represent their former schools whereas others play on sponsored teams, like Defeat Diabetes.
You can help support Defeat Diabetes at this link here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/6r66y-defeat-diabetes-tbt