Photos of the Illinois women's track & field team at the Big Ten Indoor Championships from February 27-28, 2015.
In his first season as head coach in 2013, Jones led the Illinois women's cross country team to its first Illini Challenge title since 2006. The team placed ninth at the Big Ten Championships and eighth at the NCAA Midwest Regional. For the first time since 2009, the Illini were represented at the NCAA Championships as Alyssa Schneider competed at the national meet for the first time in her career. During the 2014 indoor track season, the distance medley relay team of Stephanie Morgan, Kymbriona Taylor, Chloe Schmidt and Alyssa Schneider placed third at the Big Ten Championships with the third-fastest time in school history. Outdoors, Jones guided Alyssa Schneider in cracking Illinois' all-time top-10 list in three different distance events.
While at Akron, Jones was a two-time MAC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year and coached two conference champion teams. He also assisted with 10 MAC Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championship teams, as his distance runners contributed to eight of the last nine conference titles. Jones has coached two All-Americans and 22 All-MAC cross country runners, as well as 25 individual MAC Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field champions.
In his first stint at Illinois, Jones helped produce three Big Ten team titles, as well as consecutive fourth-place finishes at the NCAA Championships in 1995 and 1996. Jones began his career as a volunteer assistant coach at Cornell University, where he assisted with teams that finished fourth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in 1991 and 1992.
Jones has also led his teams to academic success, as his women's cross country teams have received USTFCCCA All-Academic recognition every year since 1998.
A native of Galveston, Texas, Jones graduated from Duke University in 1982, where he earned a bachelor's degree in geology. He also earned a Ph.D in earth science from the University of California, San Diego in 1989.
Updated July 2014