Old Dominion basketball coach Jeff Jones skewed local and familiar with his first two assistant coaches, Lamar Barrett and John Richardson.

Barrett, a native of Franklin, worked for Jones at American University the past three years and has extensive contacts in the Washington D.C., area.

Richardson was in his second stint as an ODU assistant last season. He returned to ODU after serving at Virginia Tech the previous two years. He also was on Blaine Taylor's staff from 2006-10.

"John has done a tremendous job here and has an outstanding reputation in the coaching ranks," Jones said in a statement released through the athletic department. "He is certainly well known for his recruiting prowess, specifically in the state of Virginia and the Hampton Roads area.

"John, as well as the other assistant coaches from the past year, have done an admirable job in trying to hold things together in what was a difficult situation, but I think that shows their professionalism to provide the leadership for the program to move forward."

Richardson coached back-to-back state champions at Woodside High, in 2004-05, before becoming a college assistant.

Barrett, who played at Elizabeth City State, has ties in the northeast, as well as the D.C. area. He served as an assistant at Brown (2008-10), before American, and at the University of New Haven (2005-06) and Central Connecticut State (2003-05).

From 2006-08, he worked for Hoop Group Elite, the nation's largest high school exposure camp. It's geared toward showcasing the top academically oriented prep players during the recruiting process.

Jones said that Barrett has done "a tremendous job" the past three seasons at AU. "His experiences are varied and I think he will be a great mentor for the student-athletes on our team and a tremendous ambassador for Old Dominion University basketball."

Jones still has one assistant's position to fill, as well as the director of basketball operations.

Jones is expected to attend Saturday's Big Blue BBQ, which will be held in conjunction with the football team's spring game.