Jim Les

Jim Les (born August 18, 1963)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: UC Davis Aggies
Current conference: Big West Conference
Bradley record: 154-140 (.524)
UC Davis record: 195-199 (.495)
Overall record: 349-339 (.507)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2011-present UC Davis
2002-2011 Bradley
1999-2001 Sacramento Monarchs (asst)
1994 Omaha Racers (asst)

Jim Les Facts

  • James Allen Les
  • Born August 18, 1963
  • Hometown: Niles, Illinois
  • Alma Mater: Bradley University (BA, 1986)
  • Played at Notre Dame College Prep (IL) and, after one year at Cleveland State, played three seasons for Dick Versace at Bradley
  • Drafted in the 3rd round (70th overall) in the 1986 NBA Draft by the Atlantic Hawks
    • Spent eight seasons playing professionally in the NBA (Jazz, Clippers, Kings and Hawks), WBL, CBA and in Spain
    • Head coaches Les played for include Jerry Sloan, Dick Motta and Lenny Wilkens
  • Started coaching in 1999 with the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs, serving as an assistant for three years
  • Became the head coach at his alma mater, Bradley, in 2002, a position he would hold until 2011
    • As a 13-seed in the 2006 NCAA Tournament, Les led the Braves to upsets of 4-seed Kansas and 5-seed Pittsburgh to reach the Sweet Sixteen for the third time in program history (first since 1956)
    • Went to the NIT in 2007 and had runner-up finishes in the 2008 CBI and 2009 CIT
  • Hired in 2011 as the new head coach at UC Davis, inheriting a team that had gone 10-20 (4-12) the year before

Jim Les Coaching Tree