Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Jeff Jones
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Owensboro, Ky.
Alma Mater: University of Virginia
Graduating Year: 1982
Phone: (757) 683-3362

One of the most respected teachers in the collegiate ranks, Jeff Jones has coached his teams to 13 postseason appearances, including a 1995 NCAA Elite 8, a 1993 NCAA Sweet 16 appearance, an NIT championship in 1992 and a NIT semifinal birth in 2015.

He has developed 54 players who have played or are still playing professionally, including six in the NBA (John Crotty, Cory Alexander, Jamal Robinson, Bryant Stith, Junior Burrough and Courtney Alexander). Nine of his former assistant coaches went on to become head coaches. Additionally, three of Jones' players have played in the NFL.

In 2018-19, his sixth season at ODU, Coach Jones was named the Conference USA Coach of the Year after the Monarchs claimed the C-USA regular season title, as well as the Conference USA Tournament crown, punching Old Dominion’s first ticket to the NCAA Tournament since 2011.

In the past five seasons, Jones has compiled a 122-49 overall record, which marks the 20th most wins in Division I during that period and most within the C-USA. In conference play over the past five seasons, Jones’ Monarchs are 65-25, which ranks first in the league. ODU’s B.J. Stith was named the Conference USA Player of the Year in 2018-19.

In Oct. of 2019, Jones received the Champion of Hope Award from the American Cancer Society. 

The 2017-18 season, Jones’ fifth at Old Dominion, was another excellent year for the Monarchs. ODU’s 25-7 overall record and second place finish (15-3) in Conference USA was the third time in the last four years with 25 or more victories. Ahmad Caver was named to the All-Conference USA First Team and All-Defensive Team. B.J. Stith was named to the All-League Third Team.

Academically five players were named to the C-USA Academic Honor Roll and the program was recognized by the NCAA for being among the top 10% in the country in APR, an important measure of academic progress over multiple years.

In his fourth season at the helm in Norfolk, Jones and the Monarchs finished third in the C-USA after compiling a 12-6 mark in conference play and 19-12 overall record for the season. Old Dominion ranked No. 6 in the country for scoring defense, allowing just 61.2 points per outing.

Ahmad Caver was named to the All-Conference Team, while Zoran Talley was tabbed as Sixth Man of the Year and Denzell Taylor garnered All-Defensive Team honors.

ODU led Conference USA in attendance for the 2016-17 season. Jones and the Monarchs are now 55-14 (80% win percentage) when playing at home over the past four seasons.

Jones has helped lead the program to a four-year APR score of 990, which is 26 points higher than the National Average APR for Men’s Basketball (964). Jones and the Old Dominion men’s basketball team received a NCAA Public Recognition Award from NCAA President Mark Emmert. This award is given to teams with an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate in the top 10 percent of all teams in their respective sports in the 2015-16 academic year.

In his third season leading Old Dominion, Jones and the Monarchs won the inaugural Vegas 16 Tournament. ODU won a total of 25 games during the 2015-16 season, while winning 15 of its last 18 contests. The Monarchs fell just two points shy of punching their ticket to the NCAA Tournament, losing a 55-53 heartbreaker to Middle Tennessee in the Conference USA Championship.

Jones had his point guard, Trey Freeman, earn First Team All-Conference USA honors for the second straight season, while leading the C-USA in scoring, averaging 22.1 points per game, which ranked No. 11 in the country. Freeman also led the entire country in made field goals with 323.

Also in 2016, forward Brandan Stith was named to the Conference USA All-Defensive Team, while teammate Zoran Talley was named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team.

Between the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, Jones led Old Dominion to 52 wins, which ranked in the top 20 nationally.

In just his first two seasons as head coach at ODU, Jeff Jones guided the Monarchs to 45 wins, including a 27-8 mark in 2015. The Monarchs finished second in Conference USA in their second year of competition in the league. Under Jones' guidance, ODU advanced to the semifinals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden after reeling off wins over Charleston Southern, Illinois State and an exhilarating three-point buzzer-beating victory over Murray State. He eclipsed the 400 collegiate wins milestone in the Monarchs' NIT-opener against Charleston Southern on March 18.

During the 2014-15 regular season, Jones' Monarchs notched several big victories, as ODU took down nationally-ranked VCU and eventual NCAA Tournament team, Georgia State. His squad churned out 10 straight wins from Nov. 24 to Jan. 17, which included wins against C-USA foes Marshall and Charlotte as well as in-state rivals VCU, George Mason and William & Mary. Even more impressively under Jones, Old Dominion won 32 straight games at the Ted Constant Center dating back to the 2013-14 season, which was the fourth-longest active home winning streak in NCAA Division I Basketball.

Under Jones' leadership, redshirt junior Trey Freeman was named C-USA Newcomer of the Year, was an All-League first team selection and earned C-USA All-Academic Team honors.

Off the basketball court, Jones was honored nationally as the 2015 Barefoot Coach of the Year for his work, contributions and creation of awareness for Samaritan's Feet, which provides shoes to impoverished children (both domestically and internationally).

Jones was named the 13th head men's basketball coach at Old Dominion University on April 4, 2013. He has been a consistent winner at every school, posting a 25-year career mark of 446-338 mark which includes eight years at Virginia and 13 at American as well as his first four seasons at ODU.

In his first season as head coach at ODU, Jones guided the Monarchs to 18 wins, which led the nation with the biggest turnaround in total victories. ODU finished sixth in its first season in Conference USA and advanced to the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational postseason tournament.

Jones had a 211-183 record at American for 13 years and 146-104 as head coach at the University of Virginia.

Four of Jones' last six teams at American won 20 or more games and two Patriot League championships. Jones led the Eagles to a 20- win season in 2011-12 and advanced to the postseason tournament. His 2010-11 squad went 22-9 with 11-non conference wins, and advanced to the Patriot League semifinals, while the 2008-09 team capped off the season with a 24-8 overall record, matching the program's record for wins, and a 13-1 Patriot League mark. The Eagles led the nation in road wins that season with 11 and their 59.1 points per game allowed average ranked 11th nationally. Jones was named Patriot League Coach of the Year and NABC District 13 Coach of the Year in 2009.The 2007-08 Eagles captured the Patriot League title, and advanced to the school's first ever NCAA Tournament appearance after compiling a 21-12 record, which included a 67-59 win at Maryland. In 2001-02, AU won the regular season title in compiling an 18-12 record.

At American, Jones was the school's winningest all-time coach. During his tenure he developed 21 players who were named All-Patriot League, 23 who went on to play professionally, two who earned Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors (Andre Ingram in 2004 and Derrick Mercer in 2006), and two Patriot League Players of the Year (Patrick Doctor in 2002 & Mercer in 2009). Prior to arriving at American, Jones served as an assistant coach under Jerry DeGregorio at Rhode Island during the 1999-00 season.

Jones was named head coach at UVA in 1990 at age 29, following a standout playing career with the Cavaliers, and eight years as an assistant coach under Terry Holland. He was the youngest head coach in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference at age 29 and in eight years compiled 146 wins for a .584 winning percentage. He led Virginia to six postseason appearances (five NCAA, one NIT), including a 1995 NCAA Elite 8, a 1993 NCAA Sweet 16 appearance and an NIT championship in 1992 as well as one regular-season ACC championship, and four 20-win campaigns. Virginia's win over Virginia Tech during the 1994-95 regular season gave Jones his 100th career victory, making him the second-fastest coach in school history and the fifth-fastest in ACC history to accomplish that feat. He also directed the Cavaliers to five of their top six seasons for field goal percentage defense. In winning the 1992 NIT championship, Jones became the first person to win the NIT title as both a player and a coach.

Prior to his eight-year run as head coach, Jones was an assistant coach for eight years on Terry Holland's staff at Virginia. During his tenure as an assistant, Jones was a part of the Cavaliers' overall record of 162-95 (.630), participating in six NCAA Tournaments while advancing to the Final Four in 1984 and the Elite Eight in 1989.

A native of Owensboro, KY., Jones had a standout career at Apollo High School in Owensboro before playing the point guard position for Virginia from 1978-82. His father Bob Jones was the head coach at Kentucky Wesleyan from 1972-1980, winning the 1973 NCAA Division II national title.

As a four-year starter for the Cavaliers, Jones was known as a leader and prolific passer. With Jones directing the potent offense, UVA compiled an overall record of 102-28 (.785) while leading the Cavaliers to two NCAA and two NIT tournaments. Virginia captured the 1980 NIT title and advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 1981.

Jones finished his career as Virginia's all-time assist leader (598) while also setting the single-season record with 200 assists during the 1979-80 season. Later, he saw both of those records eclipsed by his own player, John Crotty. Jones served as team captain as a senior during the 1981-82 season and played in 129 games during his career. During that time he averaged 6.6 points and 4.6 assists per game while shooting 52.2 percent from the field and 74.3 percent from the free-throw line. Jones was selected in the fourth round of the 1982 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers.

Jones is married to the former Danielle Decker of Virginia Beach and is the father of three children, Meghann, Madison Perry, and Jeffrey Robert. Jones graduated from the University of Virginia in 1982 with a bachelor of science degree in psychology. Jones is a Past President (2016-17) of the NABC.