John D. Jones
NCCAA Head Men’s Basketball Coach
John D. Jones was appointed Athletic Director at Trinity Baptist College in August of 2011. Jones is no stranger to the world of intercollegiate athletics, having worked for 19 years as an assistant and head coach at every competitive level of men’s college basketball, including NCAA Division 1. He has also served in various administrative capacities, specifically in the areas of development, and game & facility management. The diversity of his experiences combined with his longstanding commitment to Christian higher education made him a great choice to lead the TBC Athletics program forward.
In his first year as the new Athletic Director at Trinity, he also served as the associate head men’s basketball coach, working alongside Coach Pat Milligan in leading the Eagles to the 2012 BC-NIT National Championship. In 2012-2013, TBC joined the NCCAA and Jones was appointed as the head coach of the new NCCAA program, leading the team to a 24-6 overall record, including a perfect 12-0 in region play, and the NCCAA South Region Championship.
Coach Jones’ head coaching career began in 2001 when he took over the men’s basketball program at Nyack College in New York. During his 7-year tenure with the Warriors, he worked hard to instill a culture of success while overseeing Nyack’s transition into a quality NCAA Division II men’s basketball program. Jones finished his Nyack career ranked third among conference coaches for total wins during the CACC’s Div. II era (2003-present).
In 2003-04, Jones led the Warriors to the NCCAA East Region Championship and the programs first-ever final four appearance in the national tournament. In 2004-05, Nyack defended its East Region Championship, winning back-to-back titles for the first time in school history. That season also marked the first 20-win campaign in 11 years, and the first-ever number-1 ranking in a national poll (NCCAA). The Warriors were the number 1 team in the CACC in every defensive category, including defensive field goal percentage and points allowed. This was Jones’ most successful season and will be remembered as one of Nyack’s greatest teams.
After graduating four senior starters, the Warriors returned to the hardwood in 2005-06 with four sophomores in the line-up. Despite their youth, that team managed to earn Nyack’s first win over a nationally-ranked NCAA D-II opponent, and earn the first NCAA regional ranking in school history, while reaching the CACC semi-finals. Jones’ Nyack teams made it to the post-season in five of the seven years he coached.
Jones has developed a reputation for running a program that does things the right way. Through the 2011 season, 40 of the 41 players who matriculated through his program and completed their eligibility went on to graduate. In addition, the 2006-2007 team finished second in voting for the CACC sportsmanship award.
Prior to his arrival at Nyack, he served as the assistant head coach at Geneva College (NAIA) in Beaver Falls, PA. While at Geneva he helped Head Coach Jeff Santarsiero (2013 NCCAA Hall of Fame) lead the Golden Tornadoes back to the 20-win plateau and the 2001 NCCAA National Basketball Championship. Jones was the teams’ defensive coach and Geneva finished the campaign as the number one team in the AMC in every defensive category.
Prior to his stint at Geneva, Jones served as an assistant coach to Gregg Marshall at NCAA Div. I Winthrop University during the 1998-1999 season. Winthrop won the Big South Championship and earned that schools’ first bid to the NCAA Tournament.
From 1996-1998, he served as an assistant coach to Jeff Meyer at NCAA Div. I Liberty University. While at Liberty, Coach Jones helped the Flames set a school record for victories in a season (23 in 1997), and earn a share of the Big South regular season championship. Liberty also reached a 125 power rating in the Sagarin College Basketball computer ranking (USA-Today) of division I teams, the highest finish in school history. In January of 1998, Liberty rocked the college basketball world by posting its first-ever win over an ACC opponent, a 69-64 victory at Virginia.
Jones has also been formally recognized for his efforts. In 1999, Dr. Anthony DiGiorgio, President of Winthrop University, awarded him the Presidential Citation for outstanding contributions to the University. In 2004, Jones was honored by Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher as a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, for outstanding service to the game of college basketball. He is an active member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and is highly regarded by his peers as a great competitor and student of the game.
Coach Jones has a master’s degree in counseling and human relations from Liberty University. He also received a B.S. degree from Liberty in 1989, where he was selected “Student of the Year” during his senior year. He worked in his hometown, Washington D.C. for several years before getting into coaching in 1994.