Joe Jones (basketball)

Joseph Fernal Jones (born November 9, 1965) is the head coach of Boston University's men's basketball team. He previously served as the head coach at Columbia University and has worked as an assistant coach at Hofstra University, Villanova University, and Boston College.[1]

Joe Jones
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamBoston University
ConferencePatriot League
Record165–143 (.536)
Biographical details
Born (1965-11-09) November 9, 1965 (age 55)
Ronkonkoma, New York
Playing career
Position(s)Point guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1994–1997Hofstra (assistant)
1997–2003Villanova (assistant)
2010–2011Boston College (assistant)
2011–presentBoston University
Head coaching record
Overall251–251 (.500)
Tournaments0–1 (NIT)
1–2 (CIT)
Accomplishments and honors
Patriot League regular season (2014)
Patriot League tournament (2020)

Early Life and Playing careerEdit

Jones was born in Ronkonkoma, New York in 1965 and graduated from Half Hollow Hills West High School in Dix Hills, New York in 1983. He was a four-year letter-winner at SUNY Oswego, where he earned a bachelor's degree in communications in 1987 and a master's degree in counseling in 1989.[1] He played point guard for the Lakers and currently ranks 4th in assists and 5th in steals in the school's history.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

Jones began his coaching career serving as a guidance counselor and coach of the middle school boys basketball team at Comsewogue on Long Island.[3] He would eventually take over as the head coach of the high school team for two years from 1993 to 1994.[4] He joined Jay Wright's staff at Hofstra University in 1994 and moved on to Villanova University three years later as an assistant to Steve Lappas. When Wright replaced Lappas at Villanova in 2001, Jones remained on the staff as the assistant responsible for recruiting, game scouting and on-court teaching.

Columbia UniversityEdit

Jones succeeded Armond Hill as the head coach at Columbia University after the 2002–03 season, when Columbia finished 0–14 in the Ivy League, 2-25 overall. In his first season, the Lions finished 6–8 in the league, 10-17 overall – the third-best single-season improvement in conference history.[1] In 2006–07, Jones led the Lions to a 7-7 Ivy League finish, their first .500 record since 1999–2000. Their 16-12 overall record was the team's best since 1992–93. Jones left Columbia with an 86–108 win-loss record over seven seasons.

Boston UniversityEdit

After leaving Columbia, Jones would serve as the associate head coach at Boston College for one season before accepting the head coaching job at Boston University.

Prior to his second season as head coach at BU, it was announced that BU would be leaving the America East Conference to join the Patriot League on July 1, 2013.[5] As a result of the move, the America East presidents unanimously voted to ban BU from postseason play in all America East sports for the 2012–2013 season.[6] Despite their inability to win the conference championship and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, Jones took the Terriers to his first ever postseason as head coach when they played Loyola University Maryland in the first round of the CIT.

In 2020, his 16th year as a head coach, Jones won his first conference tournament title when Boston University defeated Colgate in the championship game of the Patriot League Tournament. The victory earned him what would have been his first NCAA Tournament appearance as a head coach, but the 2020 tournament was subsequently cancelled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jones was named a finalist for the 2019-20 Ben Jobe Award.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Jones' brother James is the head men's basketball coach at Yale University.[8]

Jones provided commentary for the online halftime show during the 2008 and 2009 NCAA tournaments.

Head coaching recordEdit

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Columbia Lions (Ivy League) (2003–2010)
2003–04 Columbia 10–17 6–8 T–5th
2004–05 Columbia 12–15 3–11 8th
2005–06 Columbia 11–16 4–10 T–7th
2006–07 Columbia 16–12 7–7 4th
2007–08 Columbia 14–15 7–7 T–4th
2008–09 Columbia 12–16 7–7 T–4th
2009–10 Columbia 11–17 5–9 5th
Columbia: 86–108 (.443) 39–59 (.398)
Boston University Terriers (America East Conference) (2011–2013)
2011–12 Boston University 16–16 12–4 3rd
2012–13 Boston University 17–13 11–5 2nd CIT First Round
Boston University Terriers (Patriot League) (2013–present)
2013–14 Boston University 24–11 15–3 1st NIT First Round
2014–15 Boston University 13–17 9–9 T–4th
2015–16 Boston University 19–15 11–7 3rd CIT Second Round
2016–17 Boston University 18–14 12–6 T–2nd
2017–18 Boston University 15–16 10–8 5th
2018–19 Boston University 15–18 7–11 T–8th
2019–20 Boston University 21–13 12–6 T–2nd All postseason cancelled
2020–21 Boston University 7-10 6-10 3rd
Boston University: 165–143 (.536) 105–69 (.603)
Total: 251–251 (.500)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ a b c Joe Jones Accepts Associate Head Coaching Position at Boston College.
  2. ^ "Oswego State Men's Basketball Individual Career Records".
  3. ^ "It's hard to keep up with BU's Jones".
  4. ^ "Joe Jones - Men's Basketball Coach".
  5. ^ [1] Archived 2018-09-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ [2].
  7. ^ "Stoudamire Tabbed Ben Jobe Award Recipient". 23 March 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  8. ^ "James Jones - Joel e. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach - Men's Basketball Coaches".

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