Chris Jans is working with Wichita State’s men’s basketball program as a consultant, an NCAA-approved job description that allows him to watch practice and film, but does not allow him to coach.
Jans worked for coach Gregg Marshall from 2007, as part of Marshall’s first staff at WSU, until after the 2013-14 season. He earned a promotion to associate head coach in 2011. Marshall pushed Jans for jobs as a head coach for several years before Bowling Green hired him. Bowling Green fired Jans on April 2 after an incident at a bar near the Ohio school’s campus.
“He will be able to consult with the coaching staff, only on what he observes in practice,” said Darron Boatright, WSU deputy athletics director. “By NCAA rule, a consultant is not allowed to have communication with student-athletes … not about basketball-related activities or performance.”
Jans can watch practice and video and talk with Shockers coaches. He has already observed several practices. He is not expected to travel with the team on a regular basis. NCAA rules prohibit him from instruction and recruiting. He cannot talk with coaches during practices or games.
Boatright said schools often hire consultants. WSU women’s basketball coach Jody Adams, for example, annually brings in a strength and conditioning consultant. Boatright said Jans will work on a renewable 45-day contract, which is in the final stages of completion, for which he is paid $10,000.
“Chris has done some consulting work with, I know, at least one other institution during this time,” Boatright said.
Jans’ history with the program makes him a great fit to help evaluate practices and games. He lives in Wichita and Sheri, his wife, works as a senior account executive with Shocker Sports Properties, which markets the athletic department’s multi-media rights.
“There’s not many people that have immediate familiarity with the complex system (Marshall) utilizes,” Boatright said. “He has immediate credibility with Coach Marshall.”
Boatright said Jans’ firing at Bowling Green was discussed with him and in the department.
“We look at Chris as part of our family,” Boatright said. “It gives him an opportunity to still be involved in some level in the profession.”
Wichita State started its regular practices with a full squad last week. The Shockers will practice with Oklahoma State on Oct. 31 in a closed scrimmage at Koch Arena. It plays its exhibition game on Nov. 7 against Hawaii Pacific.