Reuben Jones first joining the Track and Cross Country staff in 2012 and serves as the sprint/hurdles and jumps coach for the Lions.
2013-2014 saw the Columbia women’s sprinters/hurdlers and jumpers make tremendous strides under Jones’ tutelage. This summer, rising senior, Nadia Eke, has competed around the world in the triple jump representing her native country of Ghana. Eke captured a runner-up finish at the African Championships which qualified her for the IAAF World Cup. The indoor season saw Eke win Ivy League titles in the long jump and triple jump. Eke went on to earn USTFCCCA first-team All-American by placing sixth in the triple jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships later that season. In the outdoor season, Marvellous Iheukwumere ’14 set the Columbia and all-time Ivy League record in the 100m dash and defended her Ivy League title in the 200m dash.
In his first year with the program, Jones helped the Lions’ speed and power event group make a significant impact. After coaching the women’s outdoor squad to a second-place finish at the Outdoor Heptagonal Championships, its best finish in school history, Jones saw the women’s 4x100 relay team break the school record en route to winning the Ivy League title. Jones also helped Iheukwumere earn the title “Fastest Woman in the Ivy League” by winning the indoor 60m and 200m titles as well as the outdoor 100m and 200m titles. In the field events, Uju Ofoche ‘13 defended her indoor and outdoor long jump titles from 2012 and Queen Okeke ’13 won her second Ivy League title in the indoor triple jump.
Jones began his coaching career in 2008-2009 at his alma mater, the University of Virginia, as a volunteer assistant coach. He was a part of the staff that won the school’s first ever men’s ACC outdoor team title, including a conference champion in 110m hurdles and school records in the women's sprint hurdle events.
Jones spent 2009-2010 at Coastal Carolina University under the tutelage of Berry Shumpert. He aided the women’s team to runner-up finishes at the Big South indoor and outdoor championships behind 11 conference champions and one conference record. He was mainly responsible for assisting with recruiting and facilitating practice and weight room sessions on a daily basis.
In 2010, Jones joined Brown University as the jumps and combined events coach. He made a big impact on the Bears, coaching two USATF junior national qualifiers, two Ivy League champions, six All-Ivy League performances and two school records.
A true student of the sport, Jones is certified by USATF and USTFCCCA in the horizontal and vertical jumps. He is a jumps instructor for the USTFCCCA Track and Field Academy. As a Virginia Cavalier, Jones won IC4A titles in the 100m, 200m and as a member of the 4x100m relay. He was also second all-time in UVA history at the end of his career in the 60m, 100m, and indoor/outdoor 200m dashes.