Jan. 7, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Following two outstanding rounds and 48 consecutive made free throws, Florida State Associate Head Basketball Coach Stan Jones has advanced to the Sweet 16 of the Shots From the Heart campaign sponsored by collegeinsider.com to benefit the American Heart Association. With victories in the first two rounds, Jones will now face Alvin Brooks of Sam Houston State University in the assistant coach bracket with the third round matches taking place anytime between Jan. 3 and Jan. 31. The winner of the Jones/Brooks matchup will advance to the Elite Eight set of matches which will be contested during the month of February.
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 and Andy Fox of Tulane in the second round.
Each coach shoots 25 free throws on his campus with a member of the athletics staff tallying the results. The finals will take place at the Final Four in Houston in March, 2011.
Jones defeated 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.
“This is a great event and I am honored to be a part of it,” said Jones. “Shooting my free throws for “Shots From the Heart” is something I have really looked forward to doing during the first two months of the season. I am honored to have the chance to participate in an event that honors Skip Prosser and one that is for such a great cause.”
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 you 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.