As head coach of the Lady Seminole volleyball (1970, 1972-75) and softball (1971, 1972-74) programs, Dr. Billie Jones played a major role in paving the way for the success of women’s intercollegiate athletics at Florida State University.
Dr. Jones earned her Ph.D. from Florida State in 1972 and began serving as an Associate Professor in the Department of Movement Science and Physical Education in addition to her coaching duties. Under Dr. Jones’ direction, the volleyball program compiled a remarkable 107-22 record and made appearances at the AIWA National Championship Tournament in 1973, 1974, and 1975 while competing for state and regional championships along the way. Dr. Jones also coached the 1971 softball team to the state championship and the 1974 squad to a runner-up finish.
Dr. Jones devoted herself to teaching full-time in 1975, but continued to be instrumental in the advancement of women’s athletics at Florida State. Her selection as the 1982 Herb Morgan Award winner recognized her service and dedication to FSU’s women’s athletics.
In 1985, Dr. Jones became a Service Professor in the Department of Movement Science and Physical Education and in 1989, she was honored with the distinction of Professor Emerita. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Jones has also co-authored four books on coaching and fitness.
A scholarship by an anonymous donor, given in the name of Dr. Jones, is awarded annually in the College of Education to a female student who intends to coach.
Dr. Jones’ vision, dedication and persistence are one of the reasons that Florida State athletics has become one of the nation’s top overall programs.