Bobby Jones (basketball coach)

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Bobby Jones
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born 1940
Bellevue, Kentucky
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1972-1980 Kentucky Wesleyan College

Bobby Jones is an American basketball coach. He is the former head men's basketball coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College. He played basketball at Georgetown College (Kentucky). He worked two years as assistant coach at Georgetown College before becoming assistant-coach with the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers in 1967. In 1972 he was promoted to head coach, after the resignation of Bob Daniels.[1][2]

Jones was fired as head coach in December 1979, but agreed to finish the season. On 25-2-1980, he coached his last game at Kentucky Wesleyan. He could stay on as athletic director.[3] He was hampered in his career by ailment and accusations of unenthusiastic recruiting.[4]

Jones brought The Panthers to the 1973 NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Kentucky Wesleyan (Independent) (1972–1978)
1972-73 Kentucky Wesleyan 24-6 NCAA Div II Champion
1973-74 Kentucky Wesleyan 20-6 NCAA Div II Sweet 16
1974-75 Kentucky Wesleyan 12-13
1975-76 Kentucky Wesleyan 14-11
1976-77 Kentucky Wesleyan 11-14
1977-78 Kentucky Wesleyan 14-11
Kentucky Wesleyan (Great Lakes Valley Conference) (1978–1980)
1978-79 Kentucky Wesleyan 12-14 2-6 5th
1979-80 Kentucky Wesleyan 12-15 4-6 4th
Kentucky Wesleyan: 119-90 6-12
Total: 119-90

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Wesleyan assistant Bob Jones promoted". United Press International. 1972-04-25. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Boles named Wesleyan assistant". Evansville Press. 1972-05-31. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bob Jones wins his final game". Evansville Press. 1980-02-26. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Happy Days Are Here Again
  5. ^ Championship History