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 10th 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 nations 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' six 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 11 of his 16 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 nine years in Florida State. He is the only coach in school history to lead the Seminoles to seven NCAA Tournament appearances (no other coach has led Florida State to more than five appearances) and he is ranked second in school history with seven tournament championships (the school record is nine by Don Veller). The Seminoles have appeared in a school record seven consecutive NCAA Tournaments entering the 2012-13 season.
2012 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State earned an eighth place national finish at the 2012 NCAA Championship Finals to mark the second time in the last 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.
Known as one of the nation's most dynamic recruiters, Jones is nationally recognized as one of the top talent scouts in all of collegiate golf. His ability to recruit talented players, which in turn helps him build solid teams, is one of the aspects of coaching that has made Jones a top Division I coach. Florida State's recruiting class ranked fourth best in the nation in 2007, fifth best in 2008, sixth best in 2005 and among the nation's top 15 in 2006, 2010 and 2012.
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.
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.
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 Nationwide Tour.
Committed to the academic and athletic success of his student-athletes, Jones has coached 28 members of the ACC Academic Honor Roll, five 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 (11) and a son, Lawrence Andrew (7). 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 22-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.
Jonas Blixt PGA
Matt Savage NGA Tour
Drew Kittleson NGA Tour
Seath Lauer NGA Tour
Brooks Koepka Euro Challenge Tour
Wesley Graham NGA Tour
Jonas Blixt 2007, 2008,
Drew Kittleson 2009, 2011
Brooks Koepka 2010, 2011, 2012
Seath Lauer 2010
Matt Savage 2007. 2008, 2009
Chase Seiffert 2012
Jonas Blixt 2008
Drew Kittleson 2009, 2011
Brooks Koepka 2010, 2011, 2012
Matt Savage 2008, 2009