BLACKSBURG – Mike jones, head coach of DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland since 2002-03 and 22 times a basketball coach of the United States, was named associate head coach of the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team, head coach Mike young announced Monday.
“Virginia Tech is all about finding a great person who not only fits our curriculum, but personifies what our university is,” said Young. “Mike jones is a formidable basketball coach, who brings a wealth of successes from DeMatha and USA Basketball. I have had the privilege of watching Mike over the years and have been constantly impressed with his ability to teach the game of basketball and coach the players. We are excited to add him to our family and look forward to continuing on what we have built over the past two seasons. “
Jones arrives at Blacksburg after a 19-year stint at national training center DeMatha, where he won a national title in 2006. He has an impressive all-time record of 511-119 (.811 winning percentage) as as head coach of the Stags. .
At the helm, Jones won nine Washington Catholic Athletic Conference regular season titles, eight WCAC tournament crowns and four Maryland Private Schools Tournament championships. Additionally, since starting as a head coach at DeMatha, Jones has coached six athletes who went on to play in the NBA.
“I am extremely happy to join Coach Young, his team and Hokie Nation,” Jones said. “This is a great opportunity to learn from a great Coach Young coach and to provide our student-athletes with a passionate coach who is excited to join the Virginia Tech community and ready to continue on the upward trajectory of our men’s basketball program.
“I am very honored to have received such a warm welcome through texts, calls and social media from people who don’t even know me. I can already say this place is special.”
In addition to his player development experience at the prep level, Jones has a close connection to USA Basketball – most recently as the head coach of the 2021 US National Under-16 Team.
After serving three coaching positions with USA Basketball alone in 2019, Jones was named a co-recipient of the 2019 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year award. He led the 2019 United States U16 Men’s National Basketball Team to a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Brazil, was head coach at the July 2019 minicamp of the Junior Men’s National Team of the United States and was a field coach for the 2019 United States Junior Men’s National Team. October Minicamp.
In addition, Jones was the head coach of the United States Nike Hoop Summit three times, in 2013, 2014 and 2018, and he was assistant coach of the Hoop Summit in the United States in 2012 and 2017.
He made his debut with USA Basketball as an assistant coach for the 2004 Eastern Youth Development Festival team. He won three gold medals with the USA Basketball Men’s National Junior Teams, including the 2011 U16 team and the 2012 and 2016 U17 teams. Prior to 2019, he coached at the annual October national team minicamp. US men’s junior basketball player eight times (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018).
“These few days have been very emotional for me and my family,” Jones said of his departure from DeMatha. “It’s not easy to say goodbye to a place that is a part of me. The players, the coaches and the program mean so much to me. It was one of the toughest decisions I have had to make. in my life. . “
An outstanding player at Old Dominion University from 1991-92 to 1994-95, Jones was a member of the All-Colonial Athletic Association Second Team and won CAA All-Tournament Team Honors at during his senior season, in which he averaged 16.5 points per game. Jones led the Monarchs to NCAA tournament appearances in 1992 and 1995, and he capped his ODU career with 1,166 points.
He received his BA in Human Services and Counseling from Old Dominion in 1995.
After his career at ODU, Jones played professionally in the ABC and the International Basketball Association, where he was the league’s first team in 1997. He also played professionally in Portugal, Hong Kong, Finland and in the Dominican Republic.
Jones has a wife, Stayce, a daughter, Maya, and a stepson, Jacques.