July 10, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State University Director of Athletics Dave Hart, Jr., has announced the hiring of Trey Jones as the Director of Golf Operations and Head Men’s Golf Coach for the Seminoles. Jones comes to Florida State from Georgia State University where he spent the past eight years building the Panthers’ program into a national contender.
“We are very pleased to have Trey Jones joining our Seminole family as Director of Golf Operations and Head Men’s Golf Coach,” Hart said. “Trey’s enthusiasm, external skills and track record of success as a competitor and recruiter provide us reasons to believe our golf program can reach the level we all desire.”
Jones brings 17 years of experience with him to Florida State including seven years as Director of Golf for a Division I program, five years of experience as an assistant golf coach at the NJCAA Division I and NCAA Division II levels as well as extensive teaching, coaching and recruiting experience.
“I am excited and looking forward to being the new men’s golf coach at Florida State University,” Jones said. “The pieces are being put into place for this program to compete with the top teams in the country. The enthusiasm and energy of the athletics department is an exciting thing to be a part of.
“When touring the athletics facilities, it is obvious that there are many influential and dedicated Florida State supporters. I am looking forward to having them be an integral part of our success.”
Upon his arrival at Georgia State in September of 1995, Jones put together the most dominant golf teams in Panther history. Responsible for all aspects of the program, including recruiting, coaching, fund raising and public relations, conditioning, scheduling and budget preparation, Jones placed the Georgia State golf program on the map.
In his first two seasons at Georgia State, every school record was broken. In 1998, Jones led Georgia State to its first-ever Atlantic Sun Conference Golf Championship with only his second recruiting class. He guided the Panthers to their first ever NCAA regional appearance in 1999, which began a streak of three straight NCAA regional appearances and four over his last five years. His 2000 team earned a fifth-place finish in the NCAA East Regional and the Panthers went on to make their first ever NCAA Championships appearance, finishing 22nd. Reaching a national ranking as high as 20th during the 2000 season, the men’s golf team is one of only two Georgia State teams ever to be as highly ranked. In 2001, Georgia State won the Trans Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship by an astonishing 41 strokes and advanced to its third straight NCAA Regional. Despite graduating four starters, the Panthers earned an at large bid to the NCAA East Regional in 2003. Jones was named Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year three times, in 1998, 2000 and 2001.
Under Jones’ leadership, Georgia State amassed 91 wins over SEC teams and 33 wins against ACC opponents over the past five years. Twenty-three wins have come against Top 25 opponents. In addition to his coaching success, Jones was instrumental in building support for the Georgia State golf program. He founded the Panther Golf Club in 1998 to support both the men’s and women’s programs and it is currently the largest booster club on campus having raised an average of $40,000 per year.
Prior to Georgia State, Jones spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Wallace State College in Hanceville, Ala. While at Wallace State, Jones was responsible for all aspects of the recruiting process and coordinating daily practice schedules. He coached nine NJCAA All-Americans and helped guide Wallace State College to No. 1 national rankings in 1992 and 1993 and a national ranking of No. 2 in 1994.
Jones has been a member of the Collegiate Golf Coaches Association since 1993. He served as Chair of the District 3 South NCAA Selection Committee in 2001-2002 and was a representative on the District 3 South NCAA Selection Committee from 1999-2002.
Jones began his coaching career as an assistant at the University of North Alabama. He holds a bachelor’s degree in health/physical education and a minor in business administration from UNA. A native of Cullman, Ala., Jones is married to Georgia State’s Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Administration, Cathy Jones. The couple has a daughter, Jordan, who is two-years-old.