Jim Jones begins his 17th year as Salisbury's head coach for men's and women's cross country and track & field in 2015-16. Jones, who joined the staff in July 1999, led the Sea Gulls through another successful cross country campaign in 2014.
Jones led the Sea Gull men's team to its 10th Capital Athletic Conference championship this past season, led by CAC Runner of the Year Thomas Burke. The women's team placed fourth at the CAC title race. Four men were named to the all-conference teams, as Burke, George Martinez, and Eric Wood were first-team selections.
In 2013, the men's team finished third and the women's team placed sixth at the Capital Athletic Conference Championships, with three members of the men's team earning all-conference selections. Nathan Austin, Thomas Burke and Jeremy Skarda were named to the All-CAC second team.
Both teams earned All-Academic status by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association for having a team grade-point average of better than 3.1.
In 2012, both the men's and women's teams placed third overall in the Capital Athletic Conference Championships as five runners were named to the all-confrence teams. Kyle Tockman and Hailey Spinapoint earned first-team accolades while Thomas Burke, Jeremy Skarda and Jessie Early claimed second-team honors.
Tockman earned all-region recognition, finishing 31st in the NCAA regionals at Carlisle, Pa.
Both teams were honored with All-Academic status by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association. Individually, Tockman claimed the honor as well by finishing in the top 35 at the regional and having a 3.3 GPA.
The women's team won the Capital Athletic Conference Championships in their 2011 campaign while the men finished in third. In recognition, Jones was selected by his peers as the 2011 CAC Women’s Coach of the Year. The Sea Gulls also placed four runners on the All-CAC women's squads and two runners on All-CAC men's squads.
The awards are nothing new for Jones. He is an eight-time CAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year (2000, 2002-03, 2005-2008, 2010) and five-time CAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year (2004-05, 2009-11).
Under his guidance, Salisbury has produced the CAC Athlete of the Year in 1999 and 2000 (Suzy McCulloch), 2003 (Tristan Gilbert), 2005 (Glenna Sullivan, Scott Koehler), 2006 (Kelly Sullivan), 2007 (Eric Graves), 2010 (Chris Barnard) and the CAC Rookie of the Year in 1999 (Jeremy Beall), 2002 (Will Murdoch), 2004 (Laura Ulmer), 2005 (Kelly Sullivan), 2007 (Chris Barnard), 2009 (Steve Berstler, Jessie Early), and 2010 (Ryan Jackson). Jones has also won the men’s CAC title eight times (2000, 2002-03, 2005-08 and 2010) and the women's CAC title seven times (2004-05, 2006, 2008-11).
Over the past 16 seasons Salisbury has had several student-athletes qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships, 15 have earned NCAA All-Mideast Region honors and 96 men and 63 women have been recognized as All-CAC performers, including eight CAC individual champions. Equally important, the SU men’s and women's squads earned All-Academic honors from the United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) numerous times, including in 2013.
"Salisbury has an outstanding academic reputation and has a lot to offer students, both academically and athletically," said Jones. "Our goal will be to continue to do well on the conference level while also moving to the next level nationally."
"We're fortunate to have a person of Jim's abilities at Salisbury University," said Dr. Michael Vienna, SU's Director of Athletics. "He certainly understands the Division III philosophy as both a student-athlete and a coach. We feel that he will be able to help us compete at the national level."
Jones came to Salisbury after serving for five years as the head coach for both cross country and track & field at NCAA Division III Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. Prior to that, Jones spent four years as an assistant cross country and track coach, with two year stints at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, as well as his alma mater, the University of Mount Union, in Alliance, Ohio. Jones served on the NCAA Track & Field Committee from 2001-05 and as the committees chair from 2004-05.
A native of Coshocton, Ohio, Jones is a 1991 graduate of Mount Union, where he was a four-year member of both the cross country and track & field teams. Jones served as team captain of the cross country squad for three seasons and was an NCAA national qualifier in cross country. He and his wife Amy have a daughter, Hope, and a son, Ethan, and reside in Salisbury.
Coach Jones News
11/7/06 11 Sea Gull runners earn All-CAC Honors, Coach Jones and Kelly Sullivan honored
11/14/08 SU Men's and Women's Cross Country honored with 11 All-CAC selections, Jones named Coach of the Year
11/10/09 Early and Jones garner individual honors, seven Sea Gulls collect all-conference honors
9/28/10 Jones to speak at Varsity Club Coaches Luncheon
12/16/10 Jones receives Wicomico County's Outstanding Community Volunteer Award
11/11/11 Six SU cross country runners named to All-CAC teams; Jones named Women’s Coach of the Year
9/26/12 Coach Wood to be joined by Jones, Knight at Varsity Club Coaches Luncheon
Highlights during Coach Jones tenure:
NCAA National Cross Country Qualifiers: Five, 1999 (1), 2006 (2), 2007 (1), 2010 (1)
NCAA All-Mideast Region: 16, 1999 (1), 2000 (2), 2004 (1), 2005 (3), 2006 (4), 2007 (2), 2010 (1), 2012 (1), 2014 (1)
CAC Individual Champion: (Men): Five, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2014
CAC Individual Champion (Women): Four, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006
CAC Cross Country Team Titles (Men): 10, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014
CAC Cross Country Team Titles (Women): Seven, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
CAC Coach of the Year Honors (Men): Nine, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014
CAC Coach of the Year Honors (Women): Five, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011
CAC Athlete of the Year Honors (Men): Five, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2014
CAC Athlete of the Year Honors (Women): Four, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006
CAC Rookie of the Year Honors (Men): Five, 1999, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010
CAC Rookie of the Year Honors (Women): Three, 2004, 2005, 2009
1999 NCAA Mideast Regional Champion - Suzy McCulloch
1999 NCAA Mideast Regional Athlete of the Year – Suzy McCulloch
Updated June 8, 2015