TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011
JU hires Will Jones as assistant men’s basketball coach
Jacksonville University has named Will Jones as assistant men’s basketball coach, joining the Dolphins after a two-year stint at Charleston Southern.

Jones brings an impressive resume to JU, having starred at South Carolina State and leading the Bulldogs to the 2003 conference title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament. He has cut his teeth in the coaching industry with stops at Okaloosa-Walton, South Carolina State, Lemoyne-Owen, Tennessee State and Charleston Southern.

“We are happy to have a young man with Will’s talents join our staff,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "He has extensive recruiting contacts throughout the south-east that should help us in the near future."

Prior to his two years at Charleston Southern, Jones was an assistant coach for two years at Okaloosa-Walton College. While at O-W, Jones helped the program compile a 48-14 overall record and send 12 players to Division I NCAA programs, including four players to the SEC.

Jones also served as an assistant coach at his alma’ mater, South Carolina State, during the 2006-07 season. He had another one year stint as an assistant at Lemoyne-Owen College from 2005-06. Jones spent two years as a graduate assistant at Tennessee State University from 2003-05, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration.

During his playing days, Jones was a team captain his senior year at South Carolina State, leading the Bulldogs to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship in 2002-03, defeating Hampton to advance to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He was a member of the MEAC All-Academic Team from 2001-03 and earned Black Voices Academic All-America honors as well.

He graduated from South Carolina State in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science.