Wake Forest basketball coach charged in deadly assault

Ron Wellman, the athletics director at Wake Forest, said Friday that Jones had been placed on leave.

Wake Forest assistant basketball coach Jamil Jones surrendered to police on Thursday (Aug. 9), charged with an assault in New York City that resulted in the death of a tourist, according to authorities. Police said Szabo fell and hit his head on the sidewalk after he was punched in the face Sunday on 29th Street near 41st Avenue in Long Island City, Queens. Police say Jones drove away from the scene, and Szabo was transported to a hospital, where he died Tuesday from his injuries.

Szabo reportedly knocked on Jones's auto window outside of a hotel in Long Island City around 1:00am, after mistakenly thinking it was his Uber ride.

Szabo then punched the person in the face, the New York Post reports.

Jones was an assistant coach at UCF in 2017 and is now an assistant at Wake Forest. He is entering his second season on the staff at Wake Forest.


The accused, Jamill Jones, pictured in 2017 at a basketball game. The investigation is ongoing. Jones was with his family after the court session, his attorney, Alain Massena, told The Associated Press.

Wake Forest released a statement Thursday night saying, "We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information". He has also coached at UCF, VCU and Florida Gulf Coast.

Mr Szabo's family said he was in New York City to attend a wedding.

"He was fun to be with, interesting, and always interested", the company said. His family says he was visiting NY from Boca Raton, Florida, for a wedding. "We are going to miss him dearly".

  • Steve Townsend