Joe Jones (basketball)

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Joe Jones
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Boston University
Conference Patriot League
Record 89–72 (.553)
Biographical details
Born (1965-11-09) November 9, 1965 (age 51)
Ronkonkoma, New York
Playing career
1983–1987 SUNY Oswego
Position(s) Point guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1994–1997 Hofstra (assistant)
1997–2003 Villanova (assistant)
2003–2010 Columbia
2010–2011 Boston College (assistant)
2011–present Boston University
Head coaching record
Overall 175–180 (.493)
Accomplishments and honors
Patriot League regular season championship (2014)

Joseph Fernal Jones (born November 9, 1965) is the head coach of Boston University's men's basketball team. He served one season as an associate head coach for Boston College's men's basketball team and was previously the head coach at Columbia University.[1] In 2006-07, the Ronkonkoma, New York, native led the Columbia Lions to a 7-7 Ivy League finish, their first .500 record since 1999-2000. Their 16-12 overall record was the team's best since 1992-93.

Jones succeeded Armond Hill after the 2002-03 season, when Columbia finished 0-14 in the Ivy League, 2-25 overall. In his first season, the Lions finished 6-8 in the league, 10-17 overall – the third-best single-season improvement in conference history.[1] Jones left Columbia with an 86-108 win-loss record over seven seasons.

Jones graduated from Half Hollow Hills West High School in Dix Hills, New York in 1983. He was a four-year letter-winner at State University of New York at Oswego, where he earned a bachelor's degree in communications in 1987 and a master's degree in counseling in 1989.[1] He played point guard for the Lakers and currently ranks 3rd in assists and 5th in steals in the school's history.[2]

Jones began his coaching career with a three-year run as head coach at Long Island's Comsewogue High School. He joined Jay Wright's staff at Hofstra University in 1994 and moved on to Villanova University three years later as an assistant to Steve Lappas. When Wright replaced Lappas at Villanova in 2001, Jones remained on the staff as the assistant responsible for recruiting, game scouting and on-court teaching.

Prior to his second season as head coach at Boston University, it was announced that BU would be leaving the America East Conference to join the Patriot League on July 1, 2013.[3] As a result of the move, the America East presidents unanimously voted to ban BU from postseason play in all America East sports for the 2012-2013 season.[4] Despite their inability to win the conference championship and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, Jones took the Terriers to his first ever postseason as head coach when they played Loyola University Maryland in the first round of the CIT.

Jones' brother James is the head men's basketball coach at Yale University.

Jones provided commentary for the online halftime show during the 2008 and 2009 NCAA tournaments.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Columbia Lions (Ivy League) (2003–2010)
2003–04 Columbia 10–17 6–8 T–5th
2004–05 Columbia 12–15 3–11 8th
2005–06 Columbia 11–16 4–10 T–7th
2006–07 Columbia 16–12 7–7 4th
2007–08 Columbia 14–15 7–7 T–4th
2008–09 Columbia 12–16 7–7 T–4th
2009–10 Columbia 11–17 5–9 5th
Columbia: 86–108 (.443) 39–59 (.398)
Boston University Terriers (America East Conference) (2011–2013)
2011–12 Boston University 16–16 12–4 3rd
2012–13 Boston University 17–13 11–5 2nd CIT First Round
Boston University Terriers (Patriot League) (2013–present)
2013–14 Boston University 24–11 15–3 1st NIT First Round
2014–15 Boston University 13–17 9–9 T–4th
2015–16 Boston University 19–15 11–7 3rd CIT Second Round
2016–17 Boston University 18–14 12–6 T–2nd
Boston University: 107–80 (.554) 63–29 (.673)
Total: 193–194 (.499)

      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. ^ a b c Joe Jones Accepts Associate Head Coaching Position at Boston College.
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