Stetson hires ex-Marshall hoops coach Donnie Jones
HUNTINGTON — Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, named Donnie Jones as its men’s basketball head coach Friday.
Jones is a former Marshall University (2007-10) and UCF (2010-16) head coach who worked this season as a University of Dayton assistant. A news conference to introduce him is Monday in the Edmunds Center at Stetson.
He replaces Corey Williams, who was let go by the Hatters after six seasons with a 58-133 record. Stetson’s record this season was 7-24 and the Hatters were 3-13 in Atlantic Sun Conference games.
“I’m so excited and grateful to be a part of the Stetson Hatter family,” Jones said in a release. “I appreciate the opportunity to help build a culture and a style of play that will be exciting to play and fun to watch.”
The Point Pleasant, West Virginia, native’s coaching career began as an assistant at his alma mater, Pikeville College in Pikeville, Kentucky, where he spent two seasons before moving on to Marshall as a graduate assistant (1990-92).
Jones was elevated to a Marshall full-time position in 1992 and stayed on staff after former head coach Billy Donovan joined the Thundering Herd in 1994. After four seasons at Marshall, Jones joined Donovan at the University of Florida in 1996.
He was with Donovan and the Florida Gators for nine NCAA Tournament appearances and national championships in 2006 and 2007.
After 10 seasons with the Florida Gators, he came back to Marshall for his first head coaching job. In three seasons with the Thundering Herd, he was 55-41, winning 24 games and reaching the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament in 2010.
He also made an assistant coaching stop at Wichita State for the 2017-18 season.