|College:||Mount Union '91|
Jim Jones begins his 15th year as Salisbury's head coach for men's and women's cross country and track & field in 2012. Jones, who joined the staff in July 1999, led the Sea Gulls through another successful cross country campaign in 2011.
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 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 to the CAC title seven times (2004-05, 2006, 2008-11).
Over the past 14 seasons Salisbury has had several student-athletes qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships, 14 have earned NCAA All-Mideast Region honors and 74 men and 52 women 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 the men’s team in 2010.
"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, Mount Union College 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.
Highlights during Coach Jones tenure:
NCAA National Cross Country Qualifiers: Five, 1999 (1), 2006 (2), 2007 (1), 2010 (1)
NCAA All-Mideast Region: Fourteen, 1999 (1), 2000 (2), 2004 (1), 2005 (3), 2006 (4), 2007 (2), 2010 (1)
CAC Individual Champion: (Men): Four, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010
CAC Individual Champion (Women): Four, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006
CAC Cross Country Team Titles (Men): Eight, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
CAC Cross Country Team Tiles (Women): Seven, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
CAC Coach of the Year Honors (Men): Eight, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
CAC Coach of the Year Honors (Women): Five, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011
CAC Athlete of the Year Honors (Men): Four, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010
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