Feb. 4, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
64 consecutive free throws made and only three missed shots in three rounds is how Florida State Associate Head Basketball Coach Stan Jones has advanced to the Elite Eight of the Shots From the Heart campaign sponsored by collegeinsider.com to benefit the American Heart Association. With victories in the first three rounds, Jones will face Michael Huger of George Mason in the assistant coach bracket with the fourth round matches taking place during the month of February. The winner of the Elite Eight matchup will advance to the semifinals of the tournament which will be contested during the month of March.
The project is designed to help raise awareness for the growing problem of heart disease and benefits the American Heart Association. The event pays tribute to the late Skip Prosser who passed away of a heart attack in 2007. Prosser spent 21 years as collegiate head coach at Loyola (Md.), Xavier and Wake Forest. He made 18 postseason appearances and is the only coach in NCAA history to take three separate schools to the NCAA Tournament in his first year coaching the teams.
Jones is competing in one of two 64-team brackets (one for head coaches and one for assistant coaches) in a national free throw shooting contest. The event began in mid November and saw Jones defeat Mark Prosser of Wofford College in the first round, Andy Fox of Tulane in the second round and Alvin Brooks of Sam Houston State University in the third round.
Jones defeated Mark Prosser by a 30-21 mark in the first round as he made each of his final 23 shots of the round. After making his first attempt and missing his second attempt, Jones reeled of 23 consecutive made free throws to advance to the Round of 32. Jones was then perfect on all 25 of his shots in the second round in defeating Fox by a score of 31-24. In the round of 16, Jones made his first 16 shots and 23 of 25 total shots, only missing the 17th and 21st attempts. The 23 of 25 effort in the Sweet 16 earned Jones a 28-24 victory over Brooks and a berth to the Elite Eight.
“Participating in this campaign is very important to me because I lost my father to heart disease,” said Jones. “To be able to play even the smallest part in helping the Heart Association work on finding a cure for heart disease is something that I am very committed to seeing through. It is an honor for me to have advanced to the Elite Eight and I look forward to shooting my shots with a chance to advance to the next stage.”
To find out more about this program and for ways to help in the battle against heart disease, log onto www.collegeinsider.com/shots or contact your local chapter of the American Heart Association. You can also log onto www.heart.org for more information on the American Heart Association.
Fans are encouraged to sponsor their favorite coach in the competition. Each coach can be sponsored for designated rate or on a per basket basis. All proceeds are raised to benefit the American Heart Association.