TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Stan Jones, considered by most college basketball insiders to be one of the top assistant coaches in the nation, will be inducted into the Assistant Coaches Hall of Fame on Tuesday May 7, 2019. He will be inducted alongside 11 other assistant coaches from across the college basketball world in the inaugural Hall of Fame class presented by Worth Advisors. Jones has been one of the architects of the most successful era in the history of the Florida State Men’s Basketball program with an NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance in 2018 and an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 showing in 2019 included in three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
Jones has helped lead Florida State to 14 postseason appearances including seven in the NCAA Tournament. With Jones on the bench, the Seminoles have advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament (2018), the Sweet 16 twice (2011 and 2019) and the semifinals of the NIT (2014). Florida State is currently enjoying the best postseason decade in school history with seven NCAA Tournament and three NIT appearances since 2010.
“At 17, I realized coaching was to be my calling to impact the lives of athletes as they chase their potential,” said Jones. “I have always tried to make whatever stage I am blessed to be in an alter of testimony. In 1995, when Leonard Hamilton asked me to join his staff, I never expected to be an assistant for going on 24 years. But it has been the place I was supposed to be. I am so grateful for all that I have been afforded to do in a leadership capacity in my position. I am truly blessed beyond what I deserve. I am humble and grateful that Worth Advisors and A Step Up have had the vision to recognize assistant coaches who have been loyal allies to their programs leadership and that they deemed my efforts worthy of inclusion in their inaugural class. I am thankful where path has taken. This recognition will forever be a highlight for the opportunities I have be given.”
Jones, who just completed his 17th season at Florida State in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, is a veteran of 23 years of high major college success at Florida State, Miami and Mississippi State, schools that have achieved incredible success during his tenures. In 23 seasons as a coach in the collegiate ranks, his teams have been regular postseason participants with 11 NCAA Tournament appearances and eight NIT invitations.
Jones also helped lead Miami to the Big East Regular Season Championship in 2000, Mississippi State to the SEC Tournament championship in 2002 and Florida State to the ACC Tournament championship game in 2009, 2012 and 2019. The Seminoles won their first ACC Championship in school history in 2012.
With Jones on Florida State’s bench in 2019, the Seminoles won a school-record 29 games, a school-record 13 ACC games, defeated six nationally ranked teams, advanced to the ACC Tournament championship game and to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Coupled with the Seminoles’ appearance in the Elite Eight of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, the 2019 season marked the second time in school history the Seminoles had advanced to at least the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in consecutive seasons.
Jones has annually been recognized as one of the nation’s top assistant coaches, including this season as the Seminoles were making another deep run into the NCAA Tournament.
CoachStat.net named Jones as the top assistant coach in college basketball in 2019.
Said CoachStat.net on Jones’ incredible success as an assistant coach: Stan Jones excels as a scout and is one of the top in-game strategists in all of college basketball. The veteran of twenty-three years, all at high major programs, has made assistant coaching a very lucrative career. The longest tenured coach in the ACC, of all coaches, is arguably the top assistant coach of any sport, any level, across the globe.
Jones is also one of the nation’s top teachers and mentors to many current professional players.
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. The Seminoles have produced 17 draft picks overall and had two sign as free agents. Florida State’s five first round selections in the NBA Draft in the last 16 seasons are 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).
Jones has helped more than 45 Florida State players develop into professional basketball players around the globe. In addition to current NBA players Dwayne Bacon (Charlotte Hornets), Malik Beasley (Denver Nuggets) and Jonathan Isaac (Orlando Magic), Jones’ mentees have dotted the roster of nearly every NBA team during his illustrious coaching career.
Jones enters the Assistant Coaches’ Hall of Fame with seven other Division I coaches: Gonzaga’s Donny Daniels, Connecticut’s Chris Dailey, former Tennessee assistant Mickie DeMoss, North Carolina’s Steve Robinson, Notre Dame’s Carol Owens, Michigan State’s Dwayne Stephens and Stanford’s Amy Tucker.
Jones will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Tuesday, May 7 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. The event is sponsored by A Step Up – a coach-based organization that is celebrating its 10th year of providing professional development for coaches. The Class of 2019 will be the inaugural class inducted into the A STEP UP Assistant Coaches Hall of Fame.