March 22, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Leonard Hamilton, who was named the head men’s basketball coach at Florida State March 19, named the first three additions to his Seminole coaching staff on Friday. Hamilton, who is the seventh head coach in the 55-year history of the program, named Stan Jones associate head coach and Mike Jaskulski and Tony Sheals as assistant coaches.
Both Jones and Jaskulski helped Hamilton revive the fortunes of the basketball program at the University of Miami. Jones was an assistant at Miami from 1995-2000 and Jaskulski worked with Hamilton and the Hurricanes from 1993-97.
Jones comes to Tallahassee from Mississippi State University where he helped lead the Bulldogs to a 27-8 record and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament this season. The Bulldogs earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as they defeated Alabama to win the Southeastern Conference tournament championship. During his one season at Mississippi State, Jones helped the Bulldogs to only their second SEC title in school history and their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1996. Mississippi State is ranked 18th in the latest USA TodayESPN poll.
Jones spent the 2000-2001 season serving as an assistant coach on Hamilton’s coaching staff of the NBA’s Washington Wizards. His duties included practice planning, scouting of opponents, development of game plans, and maintaining the organization of offensive and defensive schemes and progressions.
Prior to joining the Wizards, Jones spent five seasons with Hamilton at Miami. Jones helped direct the Hurricanes to four consecutive postseason tournament appearances, culminating with a regular-season Big East Conference championship and the school’s first NCAA “Sweet 16” showing two years ago. In 1998-99, Miami posted its first of two straight 23-win seasons en route to ranking 10th nationally in the final Associated Press poll.
Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1984 and a master’s degree in education in 1990 from the University of Memphis.
Jaskulski was the head coach at Towson (Md.) University from 1997-2001 and an assistant at Miami for five years.
While serving as an assistant to Hamilton at Miami, Jaskulski helped the Hurricanes to the fifth best won-loss record in the highly competitive Big East Conference. Miami advanced to post-season play in two of his final three years and had a 21-8 record (72.4 winning percentage) during that time. Prior to advancing to post-season play in 1995, the Hurricanes had not been invited to a post-season tournament since 1964, a span of 31 years.
During the 1994-95 season, the Hurricanes engineered the greatest single season won-loss record in school history and greatest in the nation during that season. Miami finished with a 15-13 record after finishing with a 7-20 record the year before.
Jaskulski compiled a 99-124 record in eight years as a head coach. He served as the head coach at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa from 1985-88 and compiled a record of 62-48 including a 19-10 record during the 1984-85 season. He had a 37-76 record at Towson as its head coach.
Jaskulski earned a bachelor’s degree in history from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin in 1976 and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction (with an emphasis in physical education) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1984.
Sheals comes to Florida State from Miami, where he served as the Administrative Assistant for Basketball Operations during the 2001-02 season. He joins Hamilton’s Seminole staff with 19 years of head and assistant coaching experience and was most recently the director of basketball operations at the University of Miami. During his coaching career, he has been the head coach at Delaware State University (1999-2000), Bethune-Cookman College (1993-97), South Florida Community College (1990-92) and Kathleen High School in Lakeland, Fla. (1984-90). He was an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Thunderdawgs of the American Basketball Association (2000-01), at Towson University (1997-99) and Bethune Cookman College (1992-93).
Sheals’ most recent head coaching position at Delaware State produced a highly competitive team in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. During his only season there, the Hornets ranked second in all defensive categories in the league statistics after ranking last in the league prior to his arrival.
He enjoyed success during his four years at Bethune-Cookman where he guided the Wildcats to the semifinals of the conference tournament twice and led the team to nine conference victories and a third-place finish in the conference standings – both school records in 1995. For his efforts, Sheals was named the 1995 MEAC Coach of the Year.
Sheals earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and recreation from Bethune-Cookman College in 1980.