(Updated August 2018)
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Stan Jones, who excels as a scout and who is one of the top in-game strategists in all of college basketball, is in his 17th season as Florida State’s Associate Head Coach. He is a veteran of 23 years of high major college success and is regarded as one of the nation’s best coaches in the development of big men. Not only has Jones helped Florida State’s program become one of the most respected in all of college basketball, but he has helped more than 30 Seminoles become professional players.
Jones has helped the Seminoles compile an impressive list of accomplishments including the 2012 ACC Championship, a school-record four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (2009-12), a school-record nine consecutive postseason appearances (2006-14), the first two appearances in the ACC Championship game in school history (2009 and 2012), 135 ACC victories and the first appearance in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament (2018) for the Seminoles in a quarter of a century.
His drive and determination as both a recruiter and a coach are two of the main reasons why Florida State is the third-winningest program in the ACC since the start of the 2005-06 season. Since the 2009 season, Florida State is tied for third in ACC Tournament championship game appearances and is one of only five teams to make multiple ACC tournament championship game appearances.
Jones, the longest tenured assistant coach in the ACC, helped direct the Seminoles to their first-ever ACC Championship (2012) and has been on the bench for more wins over the nation’s No. 1 ranked team (three), more wins over nationally ranked teams (44) and more 20-win seasons (10) than any assistant coach in school history. In 2017, the Seminoles won a near school-record 26 games, tied the Florida State record with 12 ACC wins, finished in second place in the ACC standings and earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Jones is consistently recognized as one of the top assistant coaches in the nation and has worked tirelessly to help build the Seminoles into a consistent winner – into a program that is the third winningest in the ACC in the last 13 years. Jones has been on the bench for three of the Seminoles’ top five-winningest seasons in school history and helped lead Florida State to 95 wins from 2009-12 – the winningest four-year period in Florida State history. The Seminoles also set a four-year Florida State record with 43 regular season ACC wins and 48 overall ACC wins.
Jones has coached in six of the last 10 NCAA Tournaments and helped the Seminoles to the Elite Eight of the 2018 NCAA Tournament and to the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. He helped guide Florida State to the first ACC Championship in school history in 2012 and to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2009-12. The Seminoles have won almost twice as many ACC games in 16 years with Jones on the sideline (135) than they did in their first 11 years in the ACC (70) and he has helped the program increase its winning percentage in conference games by more than 10 percent.
Jones has systematically helped assemble, and then expertly coach, winning basketball players and teams to heights unmatched in the programs he has worked to build. He helped coach Miami to a regular season championship in the Big East in 2000 only six years after the Hurricanes went winless in Big East play. He helped coach Mississippi State to the SEC Tournament Championship in 2002 – a title that marked only the second tournament championship in school history. At Florida State, Jones helped the Seminoles win the ACC Tournament in 2012. Florida State’s ACC Championship is the most significant title in Jones’ career considering the Seminoles defeated two of the top four all-time winningest programs (Duke and North Carolina) in the semifinals and championship games of the event.
Jones has helped the Seminoles build a solid program by doing what he does as well as any coach in the country: recruit outstanding talent and develop those signees into NBA level players. A total of 12 Seminoles have become NBA Draft choices during his tenure at Florida State.
His coaching philosophies have helped Florida State become one of the nation’s top defensive teams and his ability to teach the game of basketball has transformed the Seminoles into one of the most fundamentally sound teams in the nation.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Jones has helped Florida State advance to six NCAA Tournaments including coaching the Seminoles to an appearance in the Elite Eight of the 2018 Tournament. The Seminoles played in a school-record four consecutive NCAA Tournaments (2009-12) after playing in the NCAA Tournament only four times in the 13 years prior to Jones’ arrival in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have appeared in six NCAA Tournaments in the last decade – the most NCAA appearances in any 10-year period in the history of the Florida State program. After winning a school-record tying 12 ACC regular season games and winning the 2012 ACC Championship, the Seminoles tied the school record by earning a No. 3 seed in the East Region in the NCAA Tournament. It had been 19 years since the Seminoles had earned a seed higher than No. 5 in the NCAA Tournament. Florida State was a No. 5 seed in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles tied the school record in both 2012 and 2017 as they earned a No. 3 seed in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. In 2018, the Seminoles tied the school record for wins in a single NCAA Tournament (three), wins over higher seeded teams in the NCAA Tournament (three) and defeated a No. 1 seed (Xavier) for the first time in school history in advancing to the Elite Eight for the first time in a quarter of a century.
Florida State advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993 and for only the third time in school history during the 2017-18 season. The Seminoles finished with a 23-12 record, a 9-9 mark in ACC play, won the Jamaica Classic and played in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season and for the sixth time in the last 10 years. Florida State was one of two ACC teams which advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, defeated a near school-record six nationally ranked teams and three teams seeded higher than them in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
Florida State enjoyed one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2017 as it finished with a 26-9 overall record, a 12-6 mark in ACC play, a second place finish in the ACC standings, a school-record tying No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament and a school-record tying No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Florida State’s 26 wins fell one win short of tying the school record for wins while its 12 ACC wins during the regular season tied the school record for ACC wins in a single season. Jones helped coach Florida State to a school-record tying seven wins over nationally ranked teams including wins over five nationally ranked teams in a six-game stretch in December and January.
AN INCREDIBLE SIX-GAME STRETCH IN 2017
Jones helped the Seminoles prosper during one of the greatest six-game stretches in NCAA history as Florida State burst onto the national scene with a 5-1 record with wins at No. 11 Virginia (60-58, Dec. 31), No. 21 Virginia Tech (93-78, Jan. 7), No. 7 Duke (88-72, Jan. 10), No. 15 Notre Dame (83-80, Jan. 15) and No. 12 Louisville (Jan. 21, 73-68) in one of the greatest six-game spans in school and ACC history. The Seminoles’ 5-1 record in the six-game stretch is the best by an ACC team in league history against six consecutive nationally ranked teams. Florida State was ranked No. 6 nationally following its win over Louisville.
Florida State won its first ever ACC Championship in 2012 as it swept through the ACC Tournament with wins over Miami in the quarterfinals, No. 2 seeded and No. 6 ranked Duke in the semifinals and No. 1 seeded and No. 4 ranked North Carolina in the Championship game. The Seminoles finished the 2012 season with a 25-10 overall record and a school-record tying 12-4 mark in ACC play. Florida State earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as the ACC Champion and played in its school-record fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament where it advanced to the third round for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles defeated an ACC-high six ranked teams including both Duke and North Carolina twice and defeated each of the four Tobacco Road teams in the ACC (Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest) in the same season for the first time since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season.
FLORIDA STATE AND THE NATIONAL POLLS
Florida State has become a fixture in the national rankings with Jones on the Seminoles’ bench. The Seminoles were ranked No. 6 in the nation during the 2016-17 season and finished the year ranked No. 16 by the Associated Press and No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches poll. The Seminoles were ranked 18th in the final coaches’ poll of the 2018 season after advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. On the strength of its first ACC Tournament championship and second 25-win season in four years, Florida State was ranked in the top 15 of both major national polls to end the 2012 season – No. 10 by the Associated Press and No. 15 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls.
FLORIDA STATE VS. RANKED TEAMS
Florida State has defeated 44 nationally ranked teams during Jones’s 16 years as the associate head coach of the program. Included in those 44 wins over ranked teams are six victories over nationally ranked Duke teams including two when the Blue Devils were ranked No. 1 in the country at the time (March 1, 2006, 79-74 and Jan. 12, 2011, 66-61). Florida State has defeated four top-five and six top-10 ranked Duke teams with Jones on Florida State’s staff. Jones has also helped Florida State earn three of the programs’ four all-time victories over the nation’s No. 1 ranked team. In addition, with two victories over nationally ranked Duke, North Carolina and Virginia teams in 2012, the Seminoles led the ACC with six victories over nationally ranked teams on the way to winning Florida State’s first ever ACC Championship. The Seminoles defeated No. 11 ranked Virginia and No. 20 Notre Dame during the 2015-16 season – both teams advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Florida State tied the school record as it defeated seven nationally ranked teams during the 2016-17 season and have defeated 13 nationally ranked teams in the last two seasons entering the 2018-19 season.
As one of the top coaches in all of college basketball, Jones has been recognized several times for his achievements. As recently as 2012, he was selected as part of the elite group of assistant coaches by more than 450 head and assistant coaches from around the nation.
CALLED AN IMPRESSIVE BASKETBALL MIND
Jones was recognized in 2015 by Coachtate.net as one of the top two “X’s and O’s” assistant coaches in the nation. Said the editors of the publication: Leonard Hamilton’s right-hand-man since his days at Miami, Stan Jones epitomizes the X&O coach on the staff. An impressive basketball mind.”
COLLEGE COACHES WITH EXTRAORDINARY PROMISE
Jones was praised for his high basketball IQ, success, incredible ability to coach players, the respect he has earned from each of the players he has coached during his career, his teaching ability and knowledge of how to implement strategy as a member of a select panel at the 2012 NCAA Final Four in New Orleans. Said ESPN.com Insider David Thorpe: “I consider Stan Jones the best “coach” that works as an assistant in the NCAA. He has been Leonard Hamilton’s right-hand man when they turned around the program’s at the University of Miami and now at Florida State. But unlike many assistant coaches, Jones had extensive experience and incredible success as a high school coach in Tennessee, winning multiple state titles while being considered one of the top-five prep coaches in the country. In addition to becoming a top recruiter, Jones is a big part of what Florida State does from a philosophical standpoint (like fronting the post at all times — no other team does so) as well as being the loudest voice at every FSU practice. His command of the game and its nuances rival that of Roy Williams and Coach K … both of whom incidentally lost to FSU a combined four times (in 2012).”
AN IMPACT RECRUITER ACCORDING TO ESPN’S JAY BILAS
Jones was also praised for his recruiting and teaching abilities by expert analyst Jay Bilas of ESPN, who selected an outstanding group of five recruiters who have a huge impact in recruiting players and building programs. Said Bilas: “Jones is one of the most respected assistant coaches in basketball and is another basketball man who is not at all about being flashy. He is about teaching and coaching, and about giving back to the game and those who play it. There is a perception out there that the best recruiters are younger assistant coaches. Jones is clear evidence that is not always the case. He has been in the game forever, never misses an important detail and really does his homework. The results are clear. There is no way that Florida State would be as successful in identifying and securing talent without Jones. He is truly outstanding.”
HAILED AS A TOP ASSISTANT COACH IN 2014 BY SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
In 2014 Jones was on a short list of assistant coaches deemed ready for head coaching jobs as determined by Pete Thamel and Brian Hamilton of Sports Illustrated. He was characterized by two current Division I head coaches as “a guy ready for the leap who is detail-oriented and has helped rebuild after rebuild.”
ONE OF THE TOP 15 BEST ASSISTANT COACHES IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Jones was named as one of the top-15 assistant coaches in all of college basketball by Daniel O’Brien of the Bleacher Report in 2012. He is one of only three assistant coaches from the ACC named to the list. Said Daniels: “It’s tough to give North Carolina and Duke a run for their money in the ACC, but with Stan Jones’ help, the Florida State Seminoles have achieved that and more. During his tenure assisting Leonard Hamilton, Jones has guided the team toward the top of the conference. The Seminoles went from a cellar-dwelling squad eight years ago to ACC tournament champs in 2012. The program has seen a drastic improvement in recruiting during Jones’ decade in Tallahassee, and he’s been able to maximize almost every prospect’s potential.”
POSTSEASON AND NBA DRAFT
In his 22 years as a coach at the collegiate level (all but one under Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton), Jones has helped 18 different teams into postseason play including nine into the NCAA tournament. He has also recruited and coached 17 different NBA Draft selections, including seven first round picks.
With 12 NBA Draft selections in the last 16 years, including five first round selections, Jones has helped Florida State become one of the top collegiate producers of NBA talent since his arrival in 2002. Florida State’s five first round selections in the NBA Draft in the last 15 seasons is more than Florida State produced during the decade of the 1990’s (four) and nearly as many as were produced in the first 50 years of the program (six). Jonathan Isaac was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic while Dwayne Bacon began his NBA career with the Charlotte Hornets in 2017 after he was the 40th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. After leading Florida State to the 2012 ACC Championships, Bernard James was the 33rd overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft. Chris Singleton was selected as the 18th overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft and joined Al Thornton (14th overall selection in 2007) and Toney Douglas (29th overall selection in 2009). Singleton was a two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Thornton was only the second NBA Draft Lottery selection in school history and Douglas was an All-ACC First Team selection as a senior. In the 2010 NBA Draft, Solomon Alabi and Ryan Reid became the first Seminole duo to be drafted in the same year since Doug Edwards and Sam Cassell were both chosen as first round selections in 1993. Tim Pickett, who earned All-America Honorable Mention and All-ACC First Team honors during his two-year career at Florida State, was a second round pick of the New Orleans Hornets in 2004, while Von Wafer was a second round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2005. Alexander Johnson was an All-ACC pick and was selected in the second round of the 2006 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers. With 12 draft selections since 2004, Florida State tied for fourth in the ACC for total draft selections. The Seminoles were one of only two ACC teams to have at least one player drafted each year from 2004-07, and in 2010 were one of two ACC teams (Georgia Tech) to have two players selected in the same draft.
BERNARD JAMES – FROM THE AIR FORCE TO THE NBA
Jones took particular pride in his coaching success when Florida State’s Bernard James was selected with the 33rd overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft. Jones was a driving force behind the incredible all-around improvement of James who did not play high school basketball and served three tours of duty in Afghanistan and Qatar in the United States Air Force. James came to Florida State with two years of junior college basketball experience under his belt and left for the NBA after earning All-ACC, All-ACC Tournament and ACC All-Defensive Team honors in becoming the face of the Seminole program for two years. James closed his career ranked in the top-five for blocked shots and field goal shooting percentage despite playing only two years as a Seminole.
NBA DRAFT CHOICE SOLOMON ALABI
In 2009, Jones helped sophomore center Solomon Alabi achieve All-ACC Third Team and ACC All-Defensive honors after earning Freshman All-America Honorable Mention and All-ACC Freshman honors in 2008. Jones was largely responsible for the development of Alabi who led the ACC in blocked shots in both 2008 and 2009. The 7-footer came to Tallahassee with seemingly limitless potential and Jones helped Alabi reach that potential. Alabi earned ACC All-Defensive team honors and became only the seventh freshman in league history to lead the conference in blocked shots with 73. In his second full season of action, Jones helped the center reach even greater heights as he improved in nearly every category including rebounds per game (5.6 to 6.2), points per game (8.4 to 11.7), blocked shots (73 to 75), and free throw percentage (.680 to .794). Alabi led the team in points and blocked shots per game as well as free throw percentage. Alabi’s development allowed him to become the second round draft choice of the Dallas Mavericks in 2010.
NBA DRAFT PICKS AL THORNTON, TIM PICKETT AND DWAYNE BACON
Jones is also largely credited with the development of 2007 NBA Lottery Draft pick Al Thornton, who came to Florida State as a little-known freshman in 2004 and finished his career as one of the top players in school history. After averaging just 2.8 points and 7.9 minutes played as a freshman, Thornton left Florida State for the NBA as an All-America Third Team and All-ACC First Team selection, the runner-up ACC Player of the Year and the eighth-leading all-time scorer in Seminole basketball history. Thornton was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in his first professional season. Thornton was inducted into the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018. Jones’s coaching talents have also been extolled for his work with Tim Pickett, who came to Florida State as a junior college transfer and left as an All-ACC First Team selection and an NBA Draft pick. Dwayne Bacon, who led the Seminoles in scoring in both the 2016 and 2017 seasons, was the 40th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and was one of the top rookies in the NBA during the 2017 season.
FIRST ROUND NBA DRAFT PICKS IN 2016 AND 2017
Jonathan Isaac (No. 6 overall pick by the Orlando Magic in 2017) and Malik Beasley (No. 19 overall pick by the Denver Nuggets in 2016) have both been selected in the first round of the last two NBA Drafts. Isaac became the third Draft Lottery selection following his freshman All-American season in 2017 while Beasley was the fourth Seminole player picked in the first round during the Jones era at Florida State following his freshman All-American season in 2016.
Since joining the ACC in 1992, Florida State has produced four All-ACC First Team selections, and Jones has helped coach three of them – Tim Pickett, Al Thornton and Toney Douglas. In total, he has coached 11 all-conference selections, with four All-ACC Second Team selections and four Third Team All-ACC selections on top of the three first team selections. In helping the Seminoles become the nation’s most dominant defensive team, Jones has played an integral role in coaching the ACC Defensive Player of the Year four times at Florida State. All-American Toney Douglas was named the league’s top defender in 2009 while Chris Singleton earned the honor in both 2010 and 2011. Michael Snaer was named to the ACC All-Defensive Team in 2013 and Okaro White was named to the team in 2014.
FSU TEAM STATISTICAL IMPROVEMENT
Jones is an extraordinary teacher of defensive principles and the Seminoles have deservedly earned the reputation as the best defensive team in all of college basketball. The statistics validate the reputation. Florida State has ranked in the nation’s top-10 in field goal percentage defense in four of the last seven seasons and has advanced to the NCAA Tournament each time they ranked in the top 10. Not only was Florida State’s .363 field goal percentage defense in 2011 the fifth best mark in NCAA history – but it was the best in the ACC since 1960. The Seminoles led the NCAA in field goal percentage defense in both 2010 and 2011. Jones’ coaching helped Miami lead the nation in field goal percentage defense during the 1998-99 season. Florida State has led the ACC in field goal percentage defense in four of the last seven years including a league record four consecutive seasons (2009-12) and led the ACC in blocked shots and steals in 2012, becoming only the fourth team in league history to lead the ACC in both blocked shots and steals in the same season. Florida State has led the ACC in blocked shots in four of the last seven seasons and is the league’s best overall shot blocking team in the last eight years.
SUCCESS AT MISSISSIPPI STATE
Jones helped lead Mississippi State to a school-best No. 3 seed in the 2002 NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs captured the school’s second SEC tournament championship with victories over No. 11-ranked Florida and No. 8-ranked Alabama in the title game of the SEC Tournament. Mississippi State also recorded the school record for most wins in a single season with 27 in his only season in Starkville.
IN THE NBA WITH THE WASHINGTON WIZARDS
Jones was an assistant coach to Leonard Hamilton with the Washington Wizards in 2001.
Jones began his collegiate assistant coaching career at Miami under Hamilton in 1996. During his career at Miami, he helped guide the Hurricanes to a 95-54 record for a .638 winning percentage and three NCAA Tournament appearances. The 95 wins (19.0 wins per season) were the most in a five-year period for the program since the 1959 through 1964 seasons. Miami won 23 games in both 1999 and 2000 to mark only the third time in program history (and first time since 1964) that the program had won at least 20 games in consecutive seasons.
In his final four seasons at Miami, Jones helped guide the Hurricanes to four postseason tournament appearances, a regular season Big East championship and the school’s first ever NCAA Tournament “Sweet 16” appearance in 2000. Miami won a then-school record 23 games in 1999 on its way to the school’s first ever top-10 national ranking. The Hurricanes were ranked No. 10 in the season ending Associated Press poll in 1999.
INCREDIBLE HEAD COACHING SUCCESS
Jones won four state championships and had a winning percentage of nearly 80 percent as the head coach at First Christian Academy in Memphis (1981-90) and at Jackson Academy in Mississippi (1990-95). He won two association championships at First Christian and two at Jackson Academy while earning Coach of the Year Honors twice in Mississippi (state Coach of the Year) and three times in Tennessee (district Coach of the Year). Jones won a total of eight district championships (five at First Christian and three at Jackson Academy) and was the head coach of the state of Tennessee All-Star team in 1989 and the head coach of the state of Mississippi All-Star team in 1994. He amassed a head coaching record of 353-91 for a .795 winning percentage.
The 58-year-old Jones is married to the former Olga Campos. The couple has a daughter, Shannon (36) (son-in-law Kass Bottini), and a son, Adam (34). Shannon and Kass welcomed the family’s first grandchild, Kaleb (nine), into the world right after the Seminoles’ run in the ACC Tournament championship game and the NCAA Tournament in March of 2009, his second grandchild, Jacob (seven), just after the Final Four in 2011 and his third, Daniel (four), during the summer recruiting period in 2014.
Assistant Coaching Record
|1995-96||Miami||15-13||8-10 Big East||Big East Tournament Quarterfinals|
|1996-97||Miami||16-13||9-9 Big East||NIT 1st Round, Bg East Tournament Quarterfinals|
|1997-98||Miami||18-10||11-7 Big East||NCAA Tournament, 1st Round|
|1998-99||Miami||23-7||15-3 Big East||NCAA Tournament, 2nd Round|
|1999-00||Miami||23-11||13-3 Big East||NCAA Tournament South Region Semifinals; Big East Co-Champions|
|2001-02||Mississippi State||27-8||10-6 SEC||NCAA Tournament; SEC Tournament Champion|
|2002-03||Florida State||14-15||4-12 ACC||ACC Tournament Quarterfinals|
|2003-04||Florida State||19-14||6-10 ACC||NIT 2nd Round|
|2004-05||Florida State||12-19||4-12 ACC||Victory over No. 3 ranked Wake Forest|
|2005-06||Florida State||20-10||9-7 ACC||NIT 2nd Round; Victory over No. 1 ranked Duke|
|2006-07||Florida State||22-13||7-9 ACC||NIT Quarterfinals; Victory over No. 3 ranked Florida|
|2007-08||Florida State||19-15||7-9 ACC||NIT 1st Round; Victory over No. 24 ranked Florida|
|2008-09||Florida State||25-10||10-6 ACC||NCAA Tournament; 1st ACC Tournament championship game in school history|
|2009-10||Florida State||22-1||10-6 ACC||NCAA Tournament, 1st Round|
|2010-11||Florida State||23-11||11-5 ACC||NCAA Tournament, Southwest Regional Semifinals|
|2011-12||Floida State||25-10||12-4 ACC||NCAA Tournament. ACC Champions|
|2012-13||Florida State||18-16||9-9 ACC||NIT 1st Round|
|2013-14||Florida State||22-14||9-9 ACC||NIT Semifinals|
|2014-15||Florida State||17-16||8-10 ACC||Defeated No. 23 Miami (Fla.)|
|2015-16||Florida State||20-14||8-10 ACC||NIT Second Round|
|2016-17||Florida State||26-9||12-6 ACC||NCAA Tournament, 2nd Round|
|2017-18||Florida State||23-12||9-9 ACC||NCAA Tournament, West Regional Finals|