|Jones To Be Named Mountaineers' New Baseball Coach|
|Written by Staff Reports|
|Thursday, 05 July 2012 21:30|
According to Kendall Rogers at Perfect Game USA, College Baseball Daily, and Skippers Dugout, former Oklahoma State University assistant coach Billy Jones will be named the new baseball coach at Appalachian State University. He will replace Chris Pollard, who left to become Duke's coach on June 14.
Jones inherits an ASU team that won a school record 41 games last season and the Southern Conference regular-season championship. The Mountaineers were also just one win shy of reaching the Super Regionals before they were elminiated by Oklathoma in the championship game of the Charlottesville (Va.) Regional.
Jones is expected to be named head coach on Friday. Jones is no longer listed as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State and head coach Josh Hiolliday of the Cowboys has hired Marty Lees from Oregon State as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Jones spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State. Along with being the Cowboys' recruiting coordinator, his main responsibilities were working with the Cowboy hitters and outfielders, and he has been instrumental in helping OSU's offense consistently rank atop the Big 12 Conference statistically. In Jones eight seasons at OSU, the Cowboys have led the Big 12 Conference in home runs five times. They have topped the league in batting average twice and finished second on four other occasions.
Prior to his arrival in Stillwater, Jones spent three seasons at North Carolina State and helped lead the Wolfpack to two NCAA appearances, including a Super Regional berth in 2003. He was promoted to assistant head coach and was the team's recruiting coordinator while in Raleigh. And Jones was at N.C. State the same time ASU Athletic Director Charlie Cobb was associated with the Wolfpack.
He also worked with the team's defense and base running and significantly improved the team's fielding percentage during his three-year stay. N.C. State had a .952 fielding percentage the year before he arrived in 2001, and under his guidance the team had a .958 percentage in 2002, a .966 mark in 2003 and a .976 mark in 2004 that was fourth best in the nation. In the fall of 2003, Jones was one of five finalists for Baseball America's National Assistant Coach of the Year Award.
Jones came to N.C. State in the fall of 2001 after spending the '01 season as an assistant coach at Arizona State, where he worked with the Sun Devils' infield. During summer of 2001, he served as head coach of the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League, where he was also the manager of the East team in the Cape League All-Star Game. Jones joined the staff at N.C. State after being a finalist for the head coaching position at Western Illinois University.
Prior to working at Arizona State, Jones spent two years as an assistant coach at Oregon State, coaching the Beavers' infielders and implementing the team's strength-and-conditioning program for position players. He was instrumental in the Beavers improving their fielding percentage both years he was there, and he also helped walk-on third baseman Brian Barden blossom into a Freshman All-American in 2000.
In 1997 and '98, Jones was head coach at Green River (Wash.) Community College. Jones' Gators won the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) Western Region championship in 1998 after batting .342 as a team with 60 home runs in just 36 games. Green River had 11 players named to the NWAACC's All-Western Region team, and Jones was named Western Region Coach of the Year. He also coached the Western Region All-Stars to victory in the NWAACC All-Star Game.
Jones began his collegiate playing career at Lower Columbia Community College, batting .433 as a freshman. Following his two years of junior college, Jones finished his playing career at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.
Jones earned his bachelor of science degree in liberal studies from Oregon State in 2001. He and his wife, Tiffani, have two teenage sons, Ryder and Utah.
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