July 6, 2012
2012 Coaching Changes
Jones named head coach at
Oklahoma State assistant Billy Jones (left) has been hired as
head coach at Appalachian State.
He replaces Chris Pollard, who resigned recently
to become head coach at Duke.
Jones was recruiting coordinator for the Cowboys
for the past eight seasons while working with the hitters and
outfielders. He helped guide OSU to eight consecutive winning
seasons, six NCAA Regional bids, one Super Regional appearance
and a Big 12 Tournament title. The Cowboys reached 40 wins three
Prior to his arrival in Stillwater, Jones was an
assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at NC State from
2002-04. The Wolfpack had three winning campaigns and twice
earned NCAA tourney bids. NC State went 45-18 in 2004 and earned
the program’s first Regional title since 1968.
After playing at Lower Columbia College, Bellvue
Community College and Southwest Texas State, Jones began his
coaching career as an assistant at Green River Community
College. He was an assistant in 1995 and 1996 before becoming
head coach for two seasons. Jones led the team to a regional
championship in 1998 and was named Northwest Athletic
Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) Western Region Coach
of the Year.
Jones was an assistant at Oregon State in 1999
and 2000 before working one year at Arizona State in 2001. He
was head coach of the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Cod League
during the summer of 2001.
Jones and his wife, Tiffani, have two sons.
(photo courtesy of OSU Media Relations Office)