Jeff Jones (basketball)

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Jeff Jones
Jeff Jones ODU.JPG
Jones in December 2015
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Old Dominion
Conference C-USA
Record 114–58
Biographical details
Born (1960-06-29) June 29, 1960 (age 58)
Owensboro, Kentucky
Playing career
1978–1982 Virginia
Position(s) Point guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982–1990 Virginia (assistant)
1990–1998 Virginia
1999–2000 Rhode Island (assistant)
2000–2013 American
2013–present Old Dominion
Head coaching record
Overall 471–344
Accomplishments and honors
NIT (1992)
Vegas 16 (2016)
ACC regular season (1995)
4 Patriot League regular season (2002, 2004, 2008, 2009)
2 Patriot League Tournament (2008, 2009)
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.

Playing career[edit]

High school[edit]

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.

Despite being drafted by the NBA's Indiana Pacers in 1982, Jones never played as a professional. He graduated from Virginia in the same year with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.

Coaching career[edit]

University of Virginia[edit]

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.

American University[edit]

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.

Despite being a #2 seed in the 2011 Patriot League Tournament, American was upset in the semifinal round, getting knocked off by Lafayette College in double overtime, 73-71.

Old Dominion University[edit]

On April 3, 2013, Jones was hired as the new head coach at Old Dominion University.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Virginia Cavaliers (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1990–1998)
1990–91 Virginia 21–12 6–8 T–5th NCAA Division I First Round
1991–92 Virginia 20–13 8–8 T–4th NIT Champion
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
1995–96 Virginia 12–15 6–10 7th
1996–97 Virginia 18–13 7–9 6th NCAA Division I First Round
1997–98 Virginia 11–19 3–13 9th
Virginia: 146–104 (.584) 59–67 (.468)
American Eagles (Colonial Athletic Association) (2000–2001)
2000–01 American 7–20 3–13 9th
American Eagles (Patriot League) (2001–2013)
2001–02 American 18–12 10–4 1st
2002–03 American 16–14 9–5[2] T–2nd
2003–04 American 18–13 10–4 T–1st
2004–05 American 16–11 9–5 3rd
2005–06 American 12–17 7–7 4th
2006–07 American 16–14 7–7 T–3rd
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
2009–10 American 11–20 7–7 T–4th
2010–11 American 22–9 11–3 2nd
2011–12 American 20–12 10–4 3rd CIT First Round
2012–13 American 10–20 5–9 7th
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
2016–17 Old Dominion 19–12 12–6 T–3rd
2017–18 Old Dominion 25–7 15–3 2nd
Old Dominion: 114–58 (.663) 61–27 (.693)
Total: 471–344 (.578)

      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