Vice President of Student Success/Director of Athletics
Campus Phone: Ext. 5322
Campus Mail: P.O. Box 5055
Office: Rankin Hall
Department: Student Success/Athletics
Campus or Site Location: Greeneville
Doug Jones was appointed to the position of Vice President for Student Success & Athletics at Tusculum University on Nov. 1, 2017.
Jones oversees the day-to-day operations of the Tusculum athletic department and the 21 sports that the University sponsors. He also supervises student housing, student activities, campus life and the commuter student experience.
He was named the Director of Athletics at Tusculum on February 29, 2016. He was named the interim director in November 2015. Jones served the dual role as athletic director and head baseball coach during the 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons.
He stepped down as baseball coach following the 2018 campaign, completing the most successful coaching career in the University’s history. For 21 seasons, Jones served as the head baseball coach at Tusculum and is the winningest coach in the history of the program. Jones guided Tusculum to winning seasons in 18 of his 21 years including a string of 17 consecutive winning seasons from 2002-2017. During his storied career at Tusculum, he posted an impressive 705-412-1 record.
Jones directed the baseball program into one of its most successful and exciting periods. From 2004-2017 his teams posted 30-win campaigns, including five that have eclipsed the 40-win plateau. The best year during that run was a 50-14 campaign in 2007. In its last 11 seasons, TC is an amazing 444-201-1 (.688), including five South Atlantic Conference Championships, four SAC Tournament titles and seven trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
The 2012 club got the season off to a sizzling start by winning the first 15 games of the year and continued that string of wins into conference play where the Pioneers posted a 24-3 SAC record to capture the program’s fifth regular season title. The 24 SAC wins are a new school and conference record. For his efforts, Jones was named SAC Coach of the Year for a third time in his career. TC also won four straight games to claim the SAC Tournament title for a third time in school history, outscoring the opposition by a 51-11 margin, including 13-0 in the first inning alone as the Pioneers never trailed in the tournament.
In 2012, Jones achieved a personal milestone as he recorded his 500th career win at Tusculum in a 4-3 victory over conference rival Catawba (Apr. 6, 2012). The Pioneers advanced to the final day of the NCAA II Southeast Regional as TC finished third in the event and ended the season ranked ninth in the country, its best end of the season ranking in school history.
The 2012 team boasted five All-American and All-Region performers, while seven garnered All-SAC recognition. TC swept all the major conference awards in 2012, including the SAC Scholar Athlete Award for Baseball, which was captured by pitcher Taylor Rakes. Rakes would later receive the coveted SAC Presidents Award, which is the highest honor given to a student-athlete by the league. Rakes and TC utility player Cody Coffman would also be named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Baseball First Team.
Tusculum’s 50 wins in 2007 are still a school and conference record, including an amazing 23-game winning streak, both Tusculum and SAC bests. Tusculum finished the year ranked No. 10 in the NCAA II and was one of only seven programs in the country with 50 victories. For his efforts, he was named SAC Coach of the Year.
Jones mentored 86 All-South Atlantic Conference honorees at Tusculum, including four SAC Players of the Year (Shane Banks – 2001; Guy O’Connell – 2003; Maikol Gonzalez – 2007; Jared Richmond – 2010) and five SAC Pitchers of the Year (Brent Gabel – 2005; Kevin Hammons – 2007; C.J. Hillyer – 2009; Craig Goodman – 2012; Placido Torres – 2016).
In 2009, Tusculum won its first 13 league contests, en route to posting an 18-4 SAC mark and winning the league crown for a fourth time in five years. The 18 league wins tied a then school record for most conference victories in a season. For his efforts, he was named the SAC Coach of the Year for the second time in his career.
Jones won his 400th victory against Lenoir-Rhyne University on Apr. 17, 2009 in a 7-0 victory over Bears.
At Gardner-Webb University, Jones was a four-year letterman as a middle infielder and set a then South Atlantic Conference record with eight runs batted in a single contest (1991 vs. Wofford). He also earned SAC All-Academic honors as a player at Gardner-Webb. He holds a bachelor’s degree in administrative management as well as a master’s degree in physical education from GWU.
A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Jones grew up in a baseball-oriented atmosphere with his father, Bob Jones, who coached for more than 20 years in the Norfolk area. His older brother, Robbie Jones has logged coaching experience at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia.
Jones is married to the former Dawn Roshto of Norfolk, Virginia, and they are the proud parents of two daughters; Katlyn and Allison. Katlyn is a freshman defender on the Tusculum women’s soccer team.