Head Coach - Men's Basketball
In his first season with the Golden Bears, Jones helped steer Cal to the program's first NCAA Tournament bid since 2013 and the program's highest tournament seeding, a No. 4 seed. Cal's defense earned top marks, leading the Pac-12 with just 67.3 points allowed per game and finishing in the top three for rebounding. The Bears went 23-11 and extended their home winning streak to 19 games, dating back to the 2014-2015 season.
The Bears continued their success in 2016-17 by pushing their home winning streak to a program-record 27 games and once again led the league in defense, limiting opponents to 63.4 ppg and 40.0 percent shooting. Cal finished the season with a 21-13 record and earned the top seed in the National Invitation Tournament.
Throughout his career, Jones has also been instrumental in the development of 11 current and former NBA players, including standout Golden Bear Jaylen Brown, plus Terry Rozier, Gorgui Dieng, Montrezl Harrell, Tony Snell, Russ Smith and Peyton Siva.
Jones, a native of Inglewood, Calif., returned to his home state with 12 years of experience as a coach at the collegiate level and was introduced as Martin’s assistant on April 23, 2015. He joined the Golden Bears’ staff after serving as an assistant coach at Louisville for four seasons. During his time on the Cardinals’ coaching staff, UofL’s combined record was 123-30. Louisville captured the 2013 NCAA Championship and reached two Final Fours over the past four seasons. The Cardinals completed the 2014-15 season with a 27-9 record, reaching the NCAA Tournament regional final.
Prior to Louisville, Jones served two seasons on the coaching staff at New Mexico where the Lobos won 52 games in two seasons, including a school-record 30-win campaign in 2010. New Mexico finished the 2010 season ranked eighth in the Associated Press national poll.
Jones served as an assistant coach for five seasons from 2002-06 at Pepperdine, where he was the Waves’ recruiting coordinator. He got his start in coaching at his alma mater, Loyola Marymount, during the 1996-97 season.
As an assistant coach, Jones boasts one national championship, two Final Four runs, seven NCAA Tournament appearances, an Elite Eight and Sweet 16 run and 10 NBA Draft selections.
He was a standout at LMU from 1991-95 under head coach John Olive, where his 1,076 career points rank 24th all-time in the program’s history. Jones also collected 493 career rebounds during his career with the Lions. He was a two-time All-West Coast Conference selection, highlighted by a 19.7 ppg average as a junior. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Loyola Marymount in 1995.
Jones played professional basketball from 1995-2001 in Italy, France, Japan, Lebanon and South Korea. He also served on the staff at Nike Elite Youth Basketball for three years, where he was the Travel Team Manager for more than 45 programs.
Jones and his wife, Estrella, have a son, Jameel and a daughter, Zoe.
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