Jones joins the Eagles as associate head coach after serving the past seven seasons as the head coach at Columbia University.
At Columbia, Jones led the Lions' most recent graduating class to 26 Ivy League wins, marking the most conference victories by a Columbia class since the class of 1994. In addition, the Class of 2010 became the third consecutive class to record 53 wins, a feat that hadn't been reached since the class of 1979.
Seven players gained All-Ivy League accolades during his tenure. Columbia also saw one of its players earn All-Metropolitan Area honors in each of his Jones' last four seasons at the school.
During his time, the Lions' defense was consistently among the Ivy League's best. Columbia ranked in the top half of the league in scoring defense in each of his last four seasons. In fact, his 2008-09 Lions ranked second in the league in both scoring defense and field-goal percentage defense, while his 2007-08 squad led the league in scoring defense, field-goal percentage defense and three-point field-goal percentage defense.
On the offensive end, Jones' teams also impressed. In his first season (2003-04) at Columbia, the Lions increased their offensive production by 17 points. In 2004-05, the Lions paced the Ivies in three-pointers made per game. In 2005-06 and 2006-07, Columbia topped the league in three-point shooting percentage.
In 2004-05, Jones earned mid-season Mid-Major Coach of the Year honors after Columbia opened with a 12-5 record, the program's best 17-game start since 1976-77. In 2006-07, Jones directed the Lions to 16 wins, the most by a Columbia team since 1992-93.
Prior to assuming the head-coaching position, Jones served six seasons (1997-2003) as an assistant coach at Villanova - four years under Steve Lappas and two years under Jay Wright. The Wildcats advanced to postseason play in five of his six seasons with the program. In 1999, Jones was cited as one of the nation's top recruiters by Eastern Basketball magazine.
He had previously served as an assistant coach under Wright at Hofstra (1994-97).
Jones began his coaching career as the head coach at Long Island's Comsewogue High School from 1993-94.
Jones was a four-year letterman at the State University of New York at Oswego (1983-87).
Jones graduated from State University of New York at Oswego in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in communications. He earned his master's degree in counseling from Oswego State in 1989.
A native of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Jones graduated from Half Hollow Hills High School in Dix Hills, Long Island, N.Y.
Jones and his wife, Kristin, have two children - a daughter, Sydney (8) and a son, JJ (4).
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