July 6, 2012

2012 Coaching Changes  


Jones named head coach at Appalachian State


Former 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 times.


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)