Jason Byrd, a soccer letterman at Duquesne from 1997-00, is in his sixth season as a member of the men's basketball support staff. He served as Director of Basketball Operations for five seasons prior to assuming his current role as Director of Basketball Administration.
A four-year letterman and three-year starter for the Dukes, Byrd returned to the Bluff from Southern Pines, N.C. where he was assistant director of the Upper School at The O'Neal School for three years. He also served as boys varsity basketball coach and head soccer coach.
Prior to that, he worked in athletics academic support at the University of Kentucky while pursuing his master's degree. He also coached basketball and soccer at Bourbon County High School during his final two years in Lexington. Bourbon County won back-to-back district titles and advanced to the region quarterfinal and semifinal while Byrd served as an assistant.
Byrd attended South Lakes High School in Reston, Va. where his father was the head boys coach for 23 seasons. Wendell Byrd, one of the most respected and successful basketball coaches in the Virginia AAA Northern Region, compiled a 441-153 record including six region titles and 12 district titles prior to retiring after the 2006-07 season. His most famous former player is ex-Duke University standout and current Phoenix Suns forward Grant Hill.
Jason, who played guard for his father for four years, found his home on the soccer field where he was an all-state selection as a senior. Byrd, a defender, went on to earn second team All-Atlantic 10 honors in 1999. The Reston, Va. native, who completed his undergraduate degree in psychology in 2001, was a multiple member of the Dean's List, A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and Director of Athletics Honor Roll as an undergraduate.
Byrd has worked extensively at basketball camps - including the South Lakes, Byrd and Grant Hill Basketball Camps among others - since age 14.
Byrd and his wife, Janet, a former tennis letterman at Miami, Ohio, were married in March of 2007 and reside in Pittsburgh's North Side. They welcomed son, Langston, on July 22, 2011.