Former Laker Named Boston U B-ball Coach
Boston University named Joe Jones '87, M '89 the 25th head coach of the men's basketball program June 23.
"After an extensive search, we are thrilled to have Joe Jones take over the reins of a BU basketball program that is on the rise," BU Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Mike Lynch said in a press release. "Joe comes with impressive credentials and past head coaching experience that will help take the program to the next level."
A former head coach at Columbia University, Jones left Boston College after one year as associate head coach and returns to the America East Conference after gaining coaching experience in the Big East Conference, Ivy League and Atlantic Coast Conference over the past 14 seasons.
The Boston College Eagles finished this past season 21-13 and advanced to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. The Boston University team he is inheriting went to the NCAA Division I basketball tournament last year, losing in the first round to No. 1-seed Kansas.
"I am truly honored to be named the next basketball coach at Boston University," said Jones, who played point guard for the Lakers from 1983 to 1987. "I am looking forward to meeting the entire BU family and building on the rich BU basketball tradition."
Prior to joining the Eagles, Jones served as head coach at Columbia from 2003 to 2010. In the season prior to his arrival, they went 2-25 overall and 0-14 in conference play. The following year, he led them to a 10-17 (6-8) record, marking the third-best single-season turnaround in Ivy League history.
In 2006-07, the Lions captured 16 wins, the best performance by a Columbia squad since 1992-93. The Class of 2010 would finish with 26 Ivy League victories, marking the most conference wins by a Columbia class since the class of 1994.
Before that, Jones previously served as an assistant coach at Villanova for six seasons. During his tenure, the Wildcats advanced to postseason play in five of the six seasons and compiled a 105-83 record.
His collegiate coaching career began in the America East with Hofstra in 1994 as an assistant coach under Jay Wright. During his first season, he helped recruit the No. 1-ranked class in the conference.
Jones is ranked third all-time for assists by a Laker and fifth in steals.
— Staff reports
Joe Jones '87, M '89 and Boston University Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Mike Lynch.
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