Jeff Jones leaves American for ODU

Jeff Jones leaves American for ODU
April 3, 2013, 1:30 pm
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The longest serving D-I coach in the D.C. area has set sails for Norfolk.

CSNwashington has confirmed American University's Jeff Jones will take over the men's basketball program at Old Dominion. The formal announcement is expected on Thursday.

Jones spent the past 13 seasons guiding the Eagles to a 212-182 record, nine-winning seasons and consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007-08 and 2008-09. Though American finished 10-20 this season, Jones won at least 20 games in four of the previous five seasons.

Old Dominion fired its longtime coach Blaine Taylor in February after the Monarchs suffered through the program's worst campaign in decades. Taylor turned ODU into a Colonial Athletic Association power and directed the Monarchs to four NCAA Touraments, but personal matters complicated the latest campaign.

Now the 52-year-old Jones takes over the program just as it enters Conference USA.

Once a key player on the Ralph Sampson-led University of Virginia basketball team that reached the 1981 Final Four, Jones also coached the Cavaliers for eight seasons starting in 1990 at the age of 29. He led UVA to five NCAA Tournament appearances.

David Teel with the Virginia Daily Press first reported Jones' hiring.