|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
(Updated August 2016)
With each step he takes, Stan Jones helps guide the Florida State men’s basketball team to sights unseen in the history of the program. Whether he is teaching the game he loves, recruiting the most talented players around the world or mentoring current and past players, Jones is always working to move every aspect of the Florida State program forward and into the future. The results are evident: Florida State is annually among the ACC leaders in wins, in the elevation of college players into the NBA and professional leagues around the world and players who earn their degrees.
Jones has helped the Seminoles compile an impressive list of accomplishments including the 2012 ACC Championship, a school-record four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (2009-12), a school-record nine consecutive postseason appearances (2006-14), the first two appearances in the ACC Championship game in school history (2009 and 2012) and more than 100 ACC victories.
As one of the most respected and knowledgeable coaches in all of college basketball, Jones is in his 15th season as the Associate Head Coach at Florida State. The 2016-17 season will mark his 21st season working alongside Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton – 15 at Florida State, five at the University of Miami and one with the Washington Wizards in the NBA. Jones helped direct the Seminoles to their first-ever ACC Championship (2012) and has been on the bench for more wins over the nation’s No. 1 ranked team (three), more wins over nationally ranked teams (32) and more 20-win seasons (eight) than any coach in school history.
Jones is consistently recognized as one of the top assistant coaches in the nation and has worked tirelessly to help build the Seminoles into a consistent winner – into a program that is the third winningest in the ACC in the last 11 years. Jones has been on the bench for two of the Seminoles’ top four winningest seasons in school history and helped lead Florida State to 95 wins from 2009-12 – the winningest four-year period in Florida State history. The Seminoles also set a four-year Florida State record with 43 regular season ACC wins and 48 overall ACC wins.
His drive and determination as both a recruiter and a coach are two of the main reasons why Florida State is the third-winningest program in the ACC since the start of the 2005-06 season.
Jones has coached in four of the last eight NCAA Tournaments and helped the Seminoles to the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. He helped guide Florida State to the first ACC Championship in school history in 2012 and to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2009-12. The Seminoles have won more ACC games in 14 years with Jones on the sideline (113) than they did in their first 11 years in the ACC (70) and he has helped the program increase its winning percentage in conference games by more than 10 percent.
Jones has systematically helped assemble then expertly coached winning basketball players and teams to heights unmatched in the programs he has worked to build. He helped coach Miami to a regular season championship in the Big East in 2000 only six years after the Hurricanes went winless in Big East play. He helped coach Mississippi State to the SEC Tournament Championship in 2002 – a title that marked only the second tournament championship in school history. At Florida State, Jones helped the Seminoles win the ACC Tournament in 2012. Florida State’s ACC Championship is the most significant championship in Jones’ career considering the Seminoles defeated two of the top four all-time winningest programs (Duke and North Carolina) in the semifinals and championship games of the event.
Jones has helped the Seminoles build a solid program by doing what he does as well as any coach in the country: recruit outstanding talent and develop those signees into NBA level players. A total of 10 Seminoles have become NBA Draft choices during his tenure at Florida State.
His coaching philosophies have helped Florida State become one of the nation's top defensive teams and his ability to teach the game of basketball has transformed the Seminoles in to one of the most fundamentally sound teams in the nation.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Jones has helped Florida State advance to four NCAA Tournaments including coaching the Seminoles to an appearance in the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles played in a school-record four consecutive NCAA Tournaments (2009-12) after playing in the NCAA Tournament only four times in the 13 years prior to Jones’ arrival in Tallahassee. After winning a school-record tying 12 ACC regular season games and winning the 2012 ACC Championship, the Seminoles tied the school record by earning a No. 3 seed in the East Region in the NCAA Tournament. It had been 19 years since the Seminoles had earned a seed higher than No. 5 in the NCAA Tournament. Florida State was a No. 5 seed in the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
Florida State won its first ever ACC Championship in 2012 as it swept through the ACC Tournament with wins over Miami in the quarterfinals, No. 2 seeded and No. 6 ranked Duke in the semifinals and No. 1 seeded and No. 4 ranked North Carolina in the Championship game. The Seminoles finished the 2012 season with a 25-10 overall record and a school record tying 12-4 mark in ACC play. Florida State earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as the ACC Champion and played in its school record fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament where it advanced to the third round for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles defeated an ACC-high six ranked teams including both Duke and North Carolina twice and defeated each of the four Tobacco Road teams in the ACC (Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest) in the same season for the first time since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season.
FLORIDA STATE AND THE NATIONAL POLLS
On the strength of its first ACC Tournament championship and second 25-win season in four years, Florida State was ranked in the top 15 of both major national polls to end the 2012 season - No. 10 by the Associated Press and No. 15 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls. It marked the first time since the 1992-93 season - and only the second time in school history - that the Seminoles were ranked in the top 15 in the final polls from both ranking services. The Seminoles were 15-6 while playing as a ranked team in 2012 including six consecutive wins during the month of March - two to close out the regular season, three in the ACC Tournament and one during their school-record fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
FLORIDA STATE VS. RANKED TEAMS
Florida State has defeated 32 nationally ranked teams during the first 14 years of Jones’ career as the associate head coach of the program. Included in those 32 wins over ranked teams are six victories over nationally ranked Duke teams including two when the Blue Devils were ranked No. 1 in the country at the time (March 1, 2006, 79-74 and Jan. 12, 2011, 66-61). Florida State has defeated four top-five and six top-10 ranked Duke teams with Jones on Florida State’s staff. Jones has also helped Florida State earn three of the programs four all-time victories over the nation’s No. 1 ranked team. In addition, with two victories over nationally ranked Duke, North Carolina and Virginia teams in 2012, the Seminoles led the ACC with six victories over nationally ranked teams on the way to winning Florida State’s first ever ACC Championship. The Seminoles defeated No. 11 ranked Virginia and No. 20 Notre Dame during the 2015-16 season – both teams advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
As one of the top coaches in all of college basketball, Jones has been recognized several times for his achievements. As recently as 2012, he was selected as part of the elite group of assistant coaches from the input of more than 450 head and assistant coaches from around the nation.
COLLEGE COACHES WITH EXTRAORDINARY PROMISE
Jones was praised for his high basketball IQ, success, incredible ability to coach players, the respect he has earned from each of the players he has coached during his career, his teaching ability and knowledge of how to implement strategy as a member of a select panel at the 2012 NCAA Final Four in New Orleans. Said ESPN.com Insider David Thorpe: “I consider Stan Jones the best "coach" that works as an assistant in the NCAA. He has been Leonard Hamilton's right-hand man when they turned around the programs at the University of Miami and now at Florida State. But unlike many assistant coaches, Jones had extensive experience and incredible success as a high school coach in Tennessee, winning multiple state titles while being considered one of the top five prep coaches in the country. In addition to becoming a top recruiter, Jones is a big part of what Florida State does from a philosophical standpoint (like fronting the post at all times -- no other team does so) as well as being the loudest voice at every FSU practice. His command of the game and its nuances rival that of Roy Williams and Coach K ... both of whom incidentally lost to FSU a combined four times (in 2012).”
AN IMPACT RECRUITER ACCORDING TO ESPN’S JAY BILAS
Jones was also praised for his recruiting and teaching abilities by expert analyst Jay Bilas of ESPN who selected an outstanding group of five recruiters who have a huge impact in recruiting players and building programs. Said Bilas: “Jones is one of the most respected assistant coaches in basketball and is another basketball man who is not at all about being flashy. He is about teaching and coaching, and about giving back to the game and those who play it. There is a perception out there that the best recruiters are younger assistant coaches. Jones is clear evidence that is not always the case. He has been in the game forever, never misses an important detail and really does his homework. The results are clear. There is no way that Florida State would be as successful in identifying and securing talent without Jones. He is truly outstanding.”
HAILED AS A TOP ASSISTANT COACH IN 2014 BY SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
In 2014 Jones was on a short list of assistant coaches deemed ready for head coaching jobs as determined by Pete Thamel and Brian Hamilton of Sports Illustrated. He was characterized by two current Division I head coaches as “a guy ready for the leap who is detail-oriented and has helped rebuild after rebuild.”
ONE OF THE TOP 15 BEST ASSISTANT COACHES IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Jones was named as one of the top 15 assistant coaches in all of college basketball by Daniel O’Brien of the Bleacher Report in 2012. He is one of only three assistant coaches from the ACC named to the list. Said Daniels: “It's tough to give North Carolina and Duke a run for their money in the ACC, but with Stan Jones' help, the Florida State Seminoles have achieved that and more. During his tenure assisting Leonard Hamilton, Jones has guided the team toward the top of the conference. The Seminoles went from a cellar-dwelling squad eight years ago to ACC tournament champs in 2012. The program has seen a drastic improvement in recruiting during Jones' decade in Tallahassee, and he's been able to maximize almost every prospect's potential.”
POSTSEASON AND NBA DRAFT
In his 20 years as a coach at the collegiate level (all under Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton), Jones has helped 16 different teams into postseason play including eight into the NCAA tournament. He has also recruited and coached 15 different NBA Draft selections, including six first round picks.
With 10 NBA Draft selections in the last 14 years, including four first round selections, Jones has helped Florida State become one of the top collegiate producers of NBA talent since his arrival in 2002. Florida State's four first round selections in the NBA Draft in the last 10 seasons is as many as Florida State produced during the decade of the 1990's (four) and nearly as many as were produced in the first 50 years of the program (six). Malik Beasley (19th overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft by Denver) was the first ever one-and-done player in school history. Bernard James was the 33rd overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft and has helped the Mavericks into the NBA Playoffs in each of his first three seasons. Chris Singleton was selected as the 18th overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft and joined Al Thornton (14th overall selection in 2007) and Toney Douglas (29th overall selection in 2009) as recent first round draft picks. Singleton was a two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Thornton was only the second NBA Draft Lottery selection in school history and Douglas was an All-ACC First Team selection as a senior. In the 2010 NBA Draft, Solomon Alabi and Ryan Reid became the first Seminole duo to be drafted in the same year since Doug Edwards and Sam Cassell were both chosen as first round selections in 1993. Tim Pickett, who earned All-America Honorable Mention and All-ACC First Team honors during his two year career at Florida State, was a second round pick of the New Orleans Hornets in 2004, while Von Wafer was a second round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2005. Alexander Johnson was an All-ACC pick and was selected in the second round of the 2006 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers. With nine draft selections since 2004, Florida State tied for fourth in the ACC for total draft selections. The Seminoles were one of only two ACC teams to have at least one player drafted each year from 2004-07, and in 2010 were one of two ACC teams (Georgia Tech) to have two players selected in the same draft.
BERNARD JAMES – FROM THE AIR FORCE TO THE NBA
Jones took particular pride in his coaching success when Florida State’s Bernard James was selected with the 33rd overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft. Jones was a driving force behind the incredible all-around improvement of James who did not play high school basketball and served three tours of duty in Afghanistan and Qatar in the United States Air Force. James came to Florida State two years of junior college basketball experience under his belt and left for the NBA after earning All-ACC, All-ACC Tournament and ACC All-Defensive Team honors in becoming the face of the Seminole program for two years. James closed his career ranked in the top five for blocked shots and field goal shooting percentage despite playing only two years as a Seminole.
NBA DRAFT CHOICE SOLOMON ALABI
In 2009, Jones helped sophomore center Solomon Alabi achieve All-ACC Third Team and ACC All-Defensive honors after earning Freshman All-America Honorable Mention and All-ACC Freshman honors in 2008. Jones was largely responsible for the development of Alabi who led the ACC in blocked shots in both 2008 and 2009. The 7-footer came to Tallahassee with seemingly limitless potential and Jones helped Alabi reach that potential. Alabi earned ACC All-Defensive team honors and became only the seventh freshman in league history to lead the conference in blocked shots with 73. In his second full season of action, Jones helped the center reach even greater heights as he improved in nearly every category including rebounds per game (5.6 to 6.2), points per game (8.4 to 11.7), blocked shots (73 to 75), and free throw percentage (.680 to .794). Alabi led the team in points and blocked shots per game as well as free throw percentage. Alabi's development allowed him to become the second round draft choice of the Dallas Mavericks in 2009.
NBA DRAFT PICKS AL THORNTON AND TIM PICKETT
Jones is also largely credited with the development of 2007 NBA Lottery Draft pick Al Thornton, who came to Florida State as a little-known freshman in 2004 and finished his career as one of the top players in school history. After averaging just 2.8 points and 7.9 minutes played as a freshman, Thornton left Florida State for the NBA as an All-America Third Team and All-ACC First Team selection, the runner-up ACC Player of the Year and the eighth-leading all-time scorer in Seminole basketball history. Thornton was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in his first professional season. Jones's coaching talents have also been extolled for his work with Tim Pickett, who came to Florida State as a junior college transfer and left as an All-ACC First Team selection and an NBA Draft pick.
Since joining the ACC in 1992, Florida State has produced four All-ACC First Team selections, and Jones has helped coach three of them - Tim Pickett, Al Thornton and Toney Douglas. In total, he has coached 10 all-conference selections, with three All-ACC Second Team selections and three Third Team All-ACC selections on top of the three first team selections. In helping the Seminoles become the nation's most dominant defensive team, Jones has played an integral role in coaching the ACC Defensive Player of the Year times at Florida State. All-American Toney Douglas was named the league's top defender in 2009 while Chris Singleton earned the honor in both 2010 and 2011. Michael Snaer was named to the ACC All-Defensive Team in 2013 and Okaro White was named to the team in 2014.
FSU TEAM STATISTICAL IMPROVEMENT
Jones is an extraordinary teacher of defensive principles and the Seminoles have deservedly earned the reputation as the best defensive team in all of college basketball. The statistics validate the reputation. Florida State has ranked in the nation’s top 10 in field goal percentage defense in four of the last seven seasons and has advanced to the NCAA Tournament each time they ranked in the top 10. Not only was Florida State’s .363 field goal percentage defense in 2011 the fifth best mark in NCAA history – but it was the best in the ACC since 1960. The Seminoles led the NCAA in field goal percentage defense in both 2010 and 2011. Jones’ coaching helped Miami lead the nation in field goal percentage defense during the 1998-99 season. Florida State has led the ACC in field goal percentage defense four of the last seven years including a league record four consecutive seasons (2009-12) and led the ACC in blocked shots and steals in 2012 in becoming only the fourth team in league history to lead the ACC in both blocked shots and steals in the same season. Florida State has led the ACC in blocked shots in four of the last six seasons and is the league’s best overall shot blocking team in the last seven years.
SUCCESS AT MISSISSIPPI STATE
Jones helped lead Mississippi State to a school-best No. 3 seed in the 2002 NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs captured the school's second SEC tournament championship with victories over No. 11-ranked Florida and No. 8-ranked Alabama in the title game of the SEC Tournament. Mississippi State also recorded the school record for most wins in a single season with 27 in his only season in Starkville.
IN THE NBA WITH THE WASHINGTON WIZARDS
Jones was an assistant coach to Leonard Hamilton with the Washington Wizards in 2001.
Jones began his collegiate assistant coaching career at Miami under Hamilton in 1996. During his career at Miami, he helped guide the Hurricanes to a 95-54 record for a .638 winning percentage and three NCAA Tournament appearances. The 95 wins (19.0 wins per season) were the most in a five-year period for the program since the 1959 through 1964 seasons. Miami won 23 games in both 1999 and 2000 to mark only the third time in program history (and first time since 1964) that the program had won at least 20 games in consecutive seasons.
In his final four seasons at Miami, Jones helped guide the Hurricanes to four postseason tournament appearances, a regular season Big East championship and the school's first ever NCAA Tournament “Sweet 16” appearance in 2000. Miami won a then-school record 23 games in 1999 on its way to the school's first ever top-10 national ranking. The Hurricanes were ranked No. 10 in the season ending Associated Press poll in 1999.
INCREDIBLE HEAD COACHING SUCCESS
Jones won four state championships and had a winning percentage of nearly 80 percent as the head coach at First Christian Academy in Memphis (1981-90) and at Jackson Academy in Mississippi (1990-95). He won two association championships at First Christian and two at Jackson Academy while earning Coach of the Year Honors twice in Mississippi (state Coach of the Year) and three times in Tennessee (district Coach of the Year). Jones won a total of eight district championships (five at First Christian and three at Jackson Academy) and was the head coach of the state of Tennessee All-Star team in 1989 and the head coach of the state of Mississippi All-Star team in 1994. He amassed a head coaching record of 353-91 for a .795 winning percentage.
The 56-year-old Jones is married to the former Olga Campos. The couple has a daughter, Shannon (34) (son-in-law Kass Bottini), and a son, Adam (32). Shannon and Kass welcomed the family's first grandchild, Kaleb (seven), into the world right after the Seminoles' run in the ACC Tournament championship game and the NCAA Tournament in March of 2009, his second grandchild, Jacob (five), just after the Final Four in 2011 and his third, Daniel (two), during the summer recruiting period in 2014.
Assistant Coaching Record
|1995-96||Miami||15-13||8-10 Big East||Big East Tournament Quarterfinals|
|1996-97||Miami||16-13||9-9 Big East||NIT 1st Round, Bg East Tournament Quarterfinals|
|1997-98||Miami||18-10||11-7 Big East||NCAA Tournament, 1st Round|
|1998-99||Miami||23-7||15-3 Big East||NCAA Tournament, 2nd Round|
|1999-00||Miami||23-11||13-3 Big East||NCAA Tournament South Region Semifinals; Big East Co-Champions|
|2001-02||Mississippi State||27-8||10-6 SEC||NCAA Tournament; SEC Tournament Champion|
|2002-03||Florida State||14-15||4-12 ACC||ACC Tournament Quarterfinals|
|2003-04||Florida State||19-14||6-10 ACC||NIT 2nd Round|
|2004-05||Florida State||12-19||4-12 ACC||
Victory over No. 3 ranked Wake Forest
|2005-06||Florida State||20-10||9-7 ACC||NIT 2nd Round; Victory over No. 1 ranked Duke|
|Florida State||22-13||7-9 ACC||NIT Quarterfinals; Victory over No. 3 ranked Florida|
|2007-08||Florida State||19-15||7-9 ACC||NIT 1st Round; Victory over No. 24 ranked Florida|
|2008-09||Florida State||25-10||10-6 ACC||NCAA Tournament; 1st ACC Tournament championship game in school history|
|2009-10||Florida State||22-1||10-6 ACC||NCAA Tournament, 1st Round|
|2010-11||Florida State||23-11||11-5 ACC||NCAA Tournament, Southwest Regional Semifinals|
|2011-12||Floida State||25-10||12-4 ACC||NCAA Tournament. ACC Champions|
|2012-13||Florida State||18-16||9-9 ACC||NIT 1st Round|
|2013-14||Florida State||22-14||9-9 ACC||NIT Semifinals|
|2014-15||Florida State||17-16||8-10 ACC||Defeated No. 23 Miami (Fla.)|
|2015-16||Florida State||20-14||8-10 ACC||NIT 2nd Round|