(Updated July 2014)
Top national finishes, All-Americans, professional success and academic achievement have become synonymous with the Florida State men’s golf program under Trey Jones. Now in his 12th season as the head men’s coach and Director of Golf for the Seminoles’ men’s and women’s golf programs, Jones has lifted the sport of golf at Florida State to new heights.
Under his direction, there is no limit on how high the Seminole programs will go.
Jones is responsible for attracting nationally ranked recruiting classes, upgrading the Seminoles' schedule to where it is ranked among the nation’s toughest on an annual basis and creating one of the most functional player development facilities in all of college golf on one of the Seminoles' five home golf courses. Jones continues annually to build on the Seminoles' success in developing the nation's top talent into national contenders and collegiate golf's elite players. Named the 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year as he led the Seminoles to the first conference championship in the sport of golf in school history, Jones is no stranger to competing with the nation's best in one of the top conferences for college golf.
Building championship teams and elevating those teams onto the national stage is nothing new to Jones who has earned four conference coach of the year awards and led 13 of his 18 teams at the Division I level to the NCAA Championship tournament. His teams consistently hold prominent places in the national rankings, are adept at winning conference championships and are annually among the top producers of All-American and all-conference performers.
Jones has become one of the winningest coaches in school history in his first 11 years in Florida State. He is the only coach in school history to lead the Seminoles to eight NCAA Tournament appearances (no other coach has led Florida State to more than five appearances) and he is ranked first in school history with 13 tournament championships (second is nine by Don Veller). The Seminoles have appeared in a school record nine consecutive NCAA Tournaments entering the 2014-15 season.
2014 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State once again returned to the NCAA Championship Finals, but it was with a much different looking team from the previous year. The Seminoles fielded the youngest team in the tournament with two freshmen, two sophomores and a senior and was one of only three schools (in a field of 30), with only one upperclassman in the line-up. Freshman Jack Maguire became the first freshman to be ever named an All-American at Florida State as he was named to the second team by Golfweek and to the third team but the GCAA. Maguire and sophomore Hank Lebioda were named to the All-ACC team and Maguire was tabbed the ACC Freshman of the Year. The Seminoles smashed apart the record book at the USF Invitational as the team posted the lowest round (24-under 264) and lowest three-round tournament score (41-under 823) in school history. Maguire created his mark with the lowest round in school history (10-under 62) and second lowest tournament score (16-under 200).
2013 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State finished in 11th place at the 2013 NCAA Championship Finals at the Capital City Club Crabapple in Atlanta, Ga. The Seminoles are just one of two teams to finish in the top 11 of the NCAAs in three or the last four years. Sophomore Daniel Berger led the team at the Championships finishing tied for second with a 6-under 204. Both Berger and Chase Seiffert earned All-American status for the year as Hank Lebioda was named 2013 ACC Freshman of the Year.
2012 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State earned an eighth place national finish at the 2012 NCAA Championship Finals to mark the second time in three seasons the Seminoles finished in the top eight of the standings at the national tournament. The Seminoles entered the championship ranked No. 19 in the nation by GolfStat and finished as one of only two teams ranked outside of the top eight to finish in the top eight of the final standings.
2010 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State finished in a tie for third place at the 2010 NCAA Championship Finals to earn the best national finish in school history. The Seminoles fell to Augusta State (the 2010 National Champion) in the semifinals of the championship tournament after defeating Texas Tech in the first round of match play. The Seminoles led the stroke play portion of the tournament and finished in second place to earn the No. 2 seed in the match play portion of the event. The third place finish at the NCAA Championship marked the best finish in school history - one better than the Seminoles fourth place national finish in 1957 and tied for fourth place finish in 1958.
2008 ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State, which was led by All-Americans Jonas Blixt and Matt Savage, won its first ever Atlantic Coast Conference championship as it defeated Duke by three strokes at the 2008 ACC Championship at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point. The Seminoles defeated Duke as they rallied from a one stroke deficit after two rounds to claim the school's first ever ACC championship in the sport of golf. Each of the five team members contributed to the victory as the Seminoles closed the 54-hole tournament with four players under par. Blixt and Savage led the way with eight-under par 208 scores as they both finished in a tie for third in the individual standings.
Jones coached Brooks Koepka – the school record holder for lowest stroke average in a single season (71.09) and for a career (71.85) – the ACC Golfer of the Year in 2010 and 2012 and a three-time All-ACC selection. Koepka was named the ACC Golfer of the Year twice, the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2009 and earned All-American twice in his career in leading the Seminoles to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and two top-10 NCAA Championship Finals finishes. As a senior, Koepka tied the school record with a nine under par score of 63 in the third round of the FAU Spring Break Invitational and set the school record with his 199 total for three rounds of the event. Koepka won three events as a senior – at the Brickyard Collegiate Championship, the Seminole Intercollegiate, the FAU Spring Break Invitational. Koepka secured his status on the PGA Tour by tying for fourth place in the 2014 U.S. Open.
Jones coached one of Florida State's all-time best players - Jonas Blixt - to All-American honors and the first individual ACC Championship in school history. Blixt earned Ping/Division I All-American First Team honors in 2008 and Ping/Division I All-American second team honors in 2007. He is one of only three players in school history to earn All-American First and Second Team honors during his career. Blixt won the ACC individual championship in 2007 to become the first Seminole to win ACC medalist honors. He helped lead Florida State to the 2008 ACC Championship - the first ACC golf championship in school history - and earned All-ACC honors twice during his career. Blixt is currently playing on the PGA Tour with two wins, the 2012 Frys.com Open and 2013 Greenbrier Classic. He finished tied for second in the 2014 Masters Tournament and 4th in the 2013 PGA Championship.
Jones also coached Drew Kittleson, who will long be remembered as one of the top golfers in school history. Kittleson played in the Masters Championship at Augusta in 2009, the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black in 2009, four NCAA Championships and four ACC Championships during his standout career as a Seminole. He earned All-American Honorable Mention honors from Ping/Golf Coaches' Association of America in 2010 and Southeast Regional All-American honors in 2011. Kittleson helped lead Florida State to the 2008 ACC Championship - the first ACC golf championship in school history and to a third place finish at the NCAA Division I Championship finals in 2010 - the highest national finish in school history. After a second place finish at the 2009 U.S. Amateur, he earned exemptions to play in both the 2009 Masters and U.S. Open Championships. Kittleson is currently playing on the Web.com Tour.
Committed to the academic and athletic success of his student-athletes, Jones has coached 31 members of the ACC Academic Honor Roll, seven members of the ACC Academic Golf Team and two members of the Golf Coaches' Association of America All-American Scholar team. His team was also nationally recognized in 2010 as one of the few schools in the NCAA to achieve a perfect APR score of 1000 since the inception of the Academic Progress Rate program in 2003. During his tenure at Georgia State, he coached 10 members of the Atlantic Sun All-Academic team and 20 members of the TAAC All-Academic team.
Jones has been an active member of the Golf Coaches Association of America since 1993. He is currently a member of the steering committee for the Collegiate Golf Hall of Fame. Jones served the board as the Division I Director for the East Region and served as the chair of the District 3 South Regional NCAA Selection Committee. He was also a representative in the District 3 South NCAA Selection Committee from 1999-2002.
Trey Jones was named the head coach at Georgia State in 1995 and immediately began to assemble one of the dominant men's golf programs in the southeastern United States. He led the Panthers onto the national scene for the first time in school history including their first appearance in the NCAA Championship tournament (2003), first conference championship (1998, Trans America Athletic Conference) and highest national ranking (20th during the 2000 season). Jones was responsible for the program in its entirety including recruiting, coaching, fundraising, public relations, strength and conditioning, scheduling and all budgetary matters. Under Jones' leadership, Georgia State amassed 91 wins over SEC teams and 33 wins over ACC opponents from 1997-2003. During that period, the Panthers earned 23 victories over top 25 opponents.
Jones is married to the former Cathy McVeigh, who is the coordinator of financial aid for student-athletes at Florida State. They are the proud parents of a daughter, Jordan (13) and a son, Drew (9). Jones earned his bachelor's degree in health and physical education with a minor in business administration from North Alabama in 1991. Jones is a 24-year veteran of the collegiate coaching ranks. He was the head men's coach and Director of Golf Operations at Georgia State for eight years (1996-2003) before becoming only the fifth coach in the history of the Seminole program in 2004. Prior to his career at Georgia State, Jones was an assistant coach at Wallace State Junior College (1992-95) and his alma mater North Alabama (1991). Jones developed his teaching, coaching and recruiting philosophies as he helped hone those programs into national contenders.