Joe Jones Takes Over Boston U

Joe Jones Takes Over Boston U

Coach Joe Jones just spent one year as an assistant before heading back to the head coaching ranks. Coach Jones first made headlines after taking over an awful Columbia team in 2003. The year prior to Jones’ arrival, the Lions were coming off a 2-25 season in which they failed to win a conference game. Jones went 6-8 in Ivy League play during his first season with Columbia. After that he had a couple tough years, but from 2006 to 2009, Coach Jones led Columbia to three 7-7 seasons. That may not sound too good, but for Columbia, it was a step in the right direction.

Prior to his seven seasons with Columbia, Jones was an assistant at Hofstra and Villanova. From 1994 to 1997 he was an assistant under Jay Wright with the Pride. Ironically, Jones moved to Villanova years before Wright took over the head coaching duties. Jones was an obvious candidate to stay on as an assistant with the Wildcats to help Coach Wright transition into his new job. However, by 2003, Jones was ready for his own program and that is when he split for Columbia.

Jones left the Ivy League following the 2009-2010 campaign and spent last season as an assistant at Boston College. When Pat Chambers, who was also an assistant at Villanova under Wright, left Boston U after two years to take the Penn State job, Jones was an obvious choice. He happened to be in the right city at the right time and Boston U had plenty of success under another disciple of Jay Wright.


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