Jeff Jones (basketball)
Jones in December 2015
June 29, 1960|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1999–2000||Rhode Island (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Vegas 16 (2016)
ACC regular season (1995)
4 Patriot League regular season (2002, 2004, 2008, 2009)
2 Patriot League Tournament (2008, 2009)
|2× Patriot League Coach of the Year (2002, 2009)|
Jeffrey Allen Jones (born June 29, 1960) is an American college basketball coach and currently the head coach of the Old Dominion University basketball team. Jones took the helm of Old Dominion basketball on April 3, 2013. He previously served as head coach of the American Eagles and the Virginia Cavaliers.
Jones graduated from Apollo High School in Owensboro, Kentucky. He was inducted into the Apollo High School Hall of Fame. His father, Bob, is a former coach of Kentucky Wesleyan College, which he led to the 1973 NCAA Division II title.
He played point guard at the University of Virginia from 1978 to 1982. As a four-year starter at Virginia, Jones was known as a leader and prolific passer. During his playing career, the Cavaliers compiled an overall record of 102-28 (.785), while he led the Cavaliers to two NCAA Tournaments and two NITs during his career. Virginia captured the 1980 NIT title, and advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 1981.
Jones finished his career as Virginia's all-time assists leader (598), and his 200 assists during the 1979–80 season was UVa's single-season record until both marks were later broken by John Crotty. Jones served as the team captain as a senior during the 1981–82 season and played in 129 games during his career. For his career, he averaged 6.6 points and 4.6 assists per game, while shooting 52.2 percent from the field and 74.3% from the free-throw line.
University of Virginia
After graduation he spent eight seasons as an assistant coach under Terry Holland at Virginia until tabbed the 8th head coach in Virginia Cavaliers history in 1990. He would go on to lead that program for eight seasons. He led Virginia to six postseason appearances (five NCAA, one NIT), one regular-season ACC Championship and four 20-win campaigns. He beat Roy Williams and #1 seeded Kansas in Kansas City to reach the Elite 8 in 1995.
Jones' tenure in Charlottesville crested at that point; he only had one winning season in his final three years. He resigned at the end of the 1997-98 season, having spent the first 20 years of his adult life on the Grounds as either a player, assistant coach, or head coach.
Following a brief stint as associate head coach at Rhode Island, Jones was hired as the head coach at American University in 2000. After the school moved from the Colonial Athletic Association, he guided American to the 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2009 Patriot League regular season championships, and in 2002 he was honored as the Basketball America Patriot League Coach of the Year. However, the team fell in the conference tournament title game each year from 2002 to 2004, failing to garner an NCAA tournament bid.
On December 22, 2007, Jones led AU to its first victory over the University of Maryland in the last 80 years. Jones previously coached AU to victory over Florida State University, making him the only Patriot League coach to beat an ACC team.
On March 14, 2008, Jones led AU to its first NCAA Tournament, as the Eagles beat Colgate 52–46. On March 22, 2008, Jones and the American University faced the Tennessee Volunteers at BJCC Arena in Birmingham, AL. Despite leading early on, American lost to Tennessee 72-57, ending American's NCAA trip.
The next year, Jones led the Eagles into the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament on March 19, 2009. After holding a 14-point lead over Villanova early in the second half, the 14th-seeded Eagles let the game slip away at the end, falling to Villanova at the Wachovia Center.
Old Dominion University
On April 3, 2013, Jones was hired as the new head coach at Old Dominion University.
Head coaching record
|Virginia Cavaliers (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1990–1998)|
|1990–91||Virginia||21–12||6–8||T–5th||NCAA Division I First Round|
|1992–93||Virginia||21–10||9–7||5th||NCAA Division I Sweet 16|
|1993–94||Virginia||18–13||8–8||T–4th||NCAA Division I Second Round|
|1994–95||Virginia||25–9||12–4||T–1st||NCAA Division I Elite Eight|
|1996–97||Virginia||18–13||7–9||6th||NCAA Division I First Round|
|Virginia:||146–104 (.584)||59–67 (.468)|
|American Eagles (Colonial Athletic Association) (2000–2001)|
|American Eagles (Patriot League) (2001–2013)|
|2007–08||American||21–12||10–4||1st||NCAA Division I First Round|
|2008–09||American||24–8||13–1||1st||NCAA Division I First Round|
|2011–12||American||20–12||10–4||3rd||CIT First Round|
|American:||211–182 (.537)||111–73 (.603)|
|Old Dominion Monarchs (Conference USA) (2013–present)|
|2013–14||Old Dominion||18–18||9–7||6th||CBI Semifinal|
|2014–15||Old Dominion||27–8||13–5||T–2nd||NIT Semifinal|
|2015–16||Old Dominion||25–13||12–6||T–3rd||Vegas 16 Champion|
|Old Dominion:||114–58 (.663)||61–27 (.693)|
Postseason invitational champion
- Was awarded a Conference Only forfeiture victory. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-02-21. Retrieved 2016-02-22.