Tony Jones
Tony  Jones

Hometown:
Detroit, Mich.

Position:
Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Concordia, 1993


06/06/2017

TONY JONES NAMED MEN’S BASKETBALL ASSISTANT COACH

Jones has 19 years of collegiate coaching experience.

Tony Jones was named men's basketball assistant coach on June 6, 2017. Jones has close to 20 years of collegiate coaching experience at Auburn, Buffalo, Tennessee, Toledo and Milwaukee.

Jones spent 12 years on Bruce Pearl's coaching staff at Milwaukee, Tennessee and Auburn. The two reached the NCAA tournament eight times. During his time at Tennessee, he led the Volunteers to five straight SEC wins while serving as interim head coach over eight games.

Prior to coaching at Auburn, Jones was the head coach at Alcoa High School for two seasons, including guiding the team to a 30-6 record and an appearance in the Class AA state tournament. The PrepXtra Boys' Basketball Coach of the Year, Jones led Alcoa to a regular-season District 4-AA championship and a district tournament title.

As associate head coach, Jones' primary responsibilities at Tennessee included recruiting, scheduling and working with the perimeter players. An instrumental force in landing some of the influential players in his team's success, he has made in-roads to signing a number of the top players in the nation. Twice during his tenure at Tennessee, Jones helped the Vols sign recruiting classes ranked among the top 10 in the nation. Those classes have included the likes of All-SEC first team Wayne Chism and Jordan McRae and McDonald's All-Americans and future NBA players Scotty Hopson (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Tobias Harris, a 2011 NBA First Round pick (19th overall).

In his 19 seasons of collegiate coaching, Jones has helped direct his teams to 11 postseason tournament bids, including eight NCAA tournament appearances. Four times (2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010) he coached teams that appeared in the NCAA Sweet 16 and one NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 2010, Tennessee's first-ever NCAA Regional final.

Tennessee experienced unprecedented success during Jones' six years on the bench. Tennessee averaged 24.2 wins and won three SEC Eastern Division championships. The 2008 team captured the overall SEC title outright for the first time in 41 years, won a school record 31 games and earned the first No. 1 ranking in school history.

Each of his six seasons at Tennessee resulted in a NCAA Tournament appearance, including three trips to the Sweet 16. Two times Tennessee received a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament - the highest in school history.

After helping sign a class that was ranked sixth nationally in 2006, Jones was named one of the top recruiters in the nation by Rivals.com. In 2007, Rivals.com ranked Jones as one of the top five assistant coaches in the nation.

Jones started his coaching career at his alma mater, Detroit Southwestern High School, where he served as an assistant varsity coach while also serving as head junior varsity coach from 1986-91. During this time he coached future NBA stars Jalen Rose, Howard Eisley and Voshon Lenard, leading them to the mythical USA TODAY national title in 1991. He also served as head coach of Team AAU Michigan for three years (1991-93), posting a 35-1 record and capturing two AAU state championships.

Jones was an All-City star at Southwestern and went on to earn all-conference honors at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. He earned a bachelor's degree in health care administration from Concordia (Mich.) University in 1993.

Jones and his wife, Pam, have four children - Tony II, Jamaal, Mercedes and Porscha. His brother, Bill, is a former member of the NBA's New Jersey Nets.

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