Bill Jones (basketball, born 1944)

William E. Jones (born September 4, 1944)[1] is an American retired college basketball head coach. He guided the Jacksonville State University men's basketball team to the 1985 NCAA Division II national championship.[2] That year, the Gamecocks lost their first game of the season but then went on to win 31 consecutive games to claim the national title.[2] They went 16–0 in Gulf South Conference play en route to the school-record 31–1 mark.[2] In his career at Jacksonville State, he guided them to 8 NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and 6 Gulf South championships.[2][3] Jones oversaw the program's transition from Division II to Division I in the 1995–96 season when they joined the Trans America Athletic Conference.[1]

Bill Jones
Biographical details
Born (1944-09-04) September 4, 1944 (age 77)
Playing career
1964–1966Jacksonville State
Position(s)Small forward
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1972–1974North Alabama
1974–1998Jacksonville State
Head coaching record
Overall477–226 (.679)
Accomplishments and honors
NCAA Division II (1985)
Gulf South (1975, 1980, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1992)
2× all-conference (1965, 1966)
NCAA All-American (1966)

Jones also played for Jacksonville State, earning varsity letters in 1964–65 and 1965–66.[2] As a senior in 1965–66 he earned All-American status.[2]


  1. ^ a b "NCAA coach search "Bill E. Jones"". NCAA. 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "2013–14 Media Guide". Jacksonville State Men's Basketball. ISSUU. 2013. Archived from the original on March 26, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  3. ^ "2013–14 Gulf South Men's Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). Gulf South Conference. 2013. Retrieved September 4, 2014.