March 31, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Stan Jones, the Associate Head Coach for the Florida State men's basketball team, is one of 20 semifinalists for BasketballScoop.com's "Coach of the Year" award, which recognizes the "Rising Stars" of the college basketball coaching profession.
Jones is in his seventh season as associate head coach at Florida State and has helped lead the Seminoles to five post-season appearances in that time - including an NCAA Tournament berth this year. The Seminoles finished in fourth place in the ACC standings with a 10-6 record and played in the ACC Championship for the first time in school history and are currently ranked No. 16 in the most recent national poll by the Associated Press.
An excellent recruiter, Jones has helped Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton recruit and develop several of the nation's top talents including NBA Draft picks Tim Pickett, Von Wafer and Alexander Johnson, 2007 NBA Draft Lottery pick Al Thornton, 2009 All-American Toney Douglas and most recently McDonald's All-Americans Chris Singleton and Michael Snaer.
Jones began his collegiate coaching career under Hamilton at the University of Miami in 1996. He was one of Hamilton's assistants for the NBA's Washington Wizards in 2001 and spent a season at Mississippi State prior to his arrival in Tallahassee in 2002.
The semifinalists will be narrowed down to 10 finalists on April 20th following a fan vote on the website. Five winners will then be selected by a panel of coaches on May 4th.