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New B-Ball Coach Comes from BC

Joe Jones helped lead Eagles to victorious season

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BU’s new men’s basketball head coach Joe Jones. Photo courtesy of BU Athletics

Less than three weeks after men’s head basketball coach Patrick Chambers left BU for Penn State, the University has found a replacement in Boston College associate head coach Joe Jones, who this year helped lead the Eagles to a 21-13 season and the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.

“We are thrilled to have Joe Jones take over the reins of a BU basketball program that is on the rise,” says Michael Lynch, assistant vice president and director of athletics. “Joe comes with impressive credentials and past head coaching experience that will help take the program to the next level.”

President Robert A. Brown says he is very pleased that Jones decided to accept the head coaching position. “This is an exciting time for BU basketball,” he says. “After the success of last year’s team on and off the court, I am excited that someone with Joe Jones’ coaching experience and academic standards will be leading the program for years to come.”

A former head coach at Columbia University, Jones is leaving BU rival Boston College after one year and returning to the America East Conference, bringing coaching experience gained in the Big East Conference, the Ivy League, and the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“I am truly honored to be named the next basketball coach at Boston University,” says Jones. “We are going to play an exciting, up-tempo brand of basketball. I am looking forward to meeting the entire BU family and building on the rich BU basketball tradition.”

Before coming to BC, Jones served as head coach at Columbia from 2003 to 2010. There, he took the team from a 2-25 record the season before his arrival to a 10-17 record the following year, marking the third-best single-season turnaround in Ivy League history. In 2006-2007, the Lions captured 16 wins, the best performance by a Columbia squad since 1992-1993, and the class of 2010 claimed 26 Ivy League victories, the most conference wins by a Columbia team since 1994.

Jones previously spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Villanova and was named one of the nation’s top recruiters by Eastern Basketball magazine in 1999. During his tenure, the Wildcats advanced to postseason play in five of six seasons and compiled a 105-83 record.

His collegiate coaching career began in the America East with Hofstra, where he was assistant coach under Jay Wright. During his first season, he helped recruit the number-one ranked team in the conference, and his efforts helped lay the groundwork for a three-year record of 72-22.

Art Jahnke can be reached at jahnke@bu.edu.

10 Comments

10 Comments on New B-Ball Coach Comes from BC

  • Anonymous on 06.23.2011 at 5:22 pm

    BU got a Winner

    This coach is the best thing BU will ever see. I’m not an alum, but now I am a huge fan.

  • Anonymous on 06.24.2011 at 8:50 am

    I wish Coach Jones a fond welcome and all the best.

    That said, using the terms “victorious season” to describe an NIT appearance by an ACC school is disingenuous at best. There are no BC fans who are satisfied with that type of performance…

  • Anonymous on 06.24.2011 at 10:31 am

    Welcome, coach. Great to have you here at BU.

  • Anonymous on 06.24.2011 at 12:19 pm

    hopefully he doesn’t just leave if he gets a more attractive offer like chambers did :/

  • Anonymous on 06.24.2011 at 2:26 pm

    A coach that could barely get to .500 as coach at columbia and then spent 1 season at bc…..great

  • Anonymous on 06.24.2011 at 3:15 pm

    BU getting a coach from BC. That’s like Duke getting a coach from North Carolina. So weird getting a coach from your top rival and being excited about it.

  • Anonymous on 06.25.2011 at 1:58 pm

    a .500 record

    The commentator who disparaged coach Jones’ record at Columbia obviously knows nothing about Columbia basketball and its history of futility and discouragement. The turnaround engineered by coach Jones there is a terrific recommendation for him. And what could be better than stealing a coach from BC?

  • BU fan on 06.26.2011 at 10:45 am

    Great hire for BU

    Joe Jones is a class act and a terrific coach and will do great things at BU If you are not penn or princeton it is very difficult to win in the IVY league

  • Anonymous on 07.28.2011 at 9:23 am

    Great choice for student-athletes

    Joe Jones is a great coach. He will also be a great mentor for BU’s student-athletes. Joe Jones will accept nothing less than excellence on the floor and excellence in the classroom. I could not be happier about this hire.

    • anonymous on 09.07.2011 at 6:16 pm

      You, clearly, have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about

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