Head Men's Basketball Coach
Campus Phone: Ext. 5575
Campus Mail: P.O. Box 5073
Office: Rankin Hall 103
Campus or Site Location: Greeneville
Michael Jones is the men’s basketball coach at Tusculum College. Jones was appointed to the position in August, 2011.
Jones comes to Tusculum after serving the last 12 years as head coach at South Atlantic Conference member Brevard College.
Jones led Brevard to a historic campaign in 2009-2010, as the Tornados finished the season 21-10, while capturing the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament. Jones was named the SAC Coach of the Year as the team set or tied 27 individual and team records.
The Maysville, Ky. native has amassed 214 victories in his 14 years as a collegiate head coach, including 175 in his 12 seasons at Brevard. Jones has led his programs to four national tournaments, including three with the Tornados. Jones has also seen seven of his players offered professional basketball contracts, including two in the NBDL.
While at Brevard, Jones’ teams have accounted for 20 wins or more on five occasions. In 2001-02, his squad was ranked as high as No. 12 nationally (NAIA), while posting an impressive 22-11 worksheet. The Tornados captured both the Appalachian Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles that season, led by All-American and AAC Player of the Year David Evans.
But most impressive with his programs is the 98 percent graduation rate during Jones’ tenure.
He has mentored 10 All-Conference performers at Brevard, including this past season with Josh Roper, the 2011 SAC scoring champion. Roper, a 2011 First Team All-SAC selection and 2011 Daktronics All-South Atlantic Region Second Team selection, finished up his senior season at Brevard leading the league with 21.2 points per game and 2.56 steals per contest.
Also among the list of outstanding BC players coached by Jones is the program’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder in All-American Jonathan Whitson (2006-2010). Whitson is Brevard’s career leader in points (2,028), rebounds (942) and blocked shots (122).
Coach Jones came to Brevard from Hazard, Ky. where he was the head coach at Hazard Community College from 1997-1999. There he led the Division III junior college to a 21-9 record in his first year as head coach, while facing a Division I-laden schedule. In the 1998-99 season at Hazard CC, the team began with a preseason No. 8 national ranking.
Before his three-year stint at Hazard, Jones was on the coaching staff at his alma mater at Eastern Kentucky University, where was on the Colonels’ sidelines from 1994-1996. Jones earned his Bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1994 from Eastern Kentucky and followed that with his Master’s degree in physical education & sports administration in 1996 from EKU.
Coach Jones is married to the former Lori Mason and has a 11-year-old daughter, Rheanna and twin girls Lilly and Caris.