Jones Tabbed to Lead Central Arkansas Volleyball

first_img“I am thrilled to be named the head volleyball coach for the University of Central Arkansas,” said Jones. “The rich tradition of success the UCA program has is something I look forward to continuing. I was extremely impressed with each athletics staff member and coach I had the opportunity to meet. It is very evident, from the longest-tenured coach to the most recent hire, that UCA is a place that you want to be a part of and that certainly resonates with the student-athletes as well.” Jones was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference performer for Florida as a senior in 1998, and helped lead the Gators to three straight NCAA Final Four appearances in 1996, 1997, and 1998. After being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an illness that causes temporary paralysis, in the middle of her college career, Jones returned to the court and earned the NCAA’s Honda Inspiration Award in 1999. She was also awarded the Springfield Women’s Intersport Courage Award in 2008 and the MVC Most Courageous Award in 2012. Jones, who has spent the previous 13 seasons at Missouri State, looks to continue the success that the Sugar Bears have experienced in the past. Since arriving at Missouri State in 2002, she has helped guide the Bears to seven NCAA Tournaments and 20 or more victories in 12 of 13 seasons. During her time in Springfield, Missouri State compiled a record of 291-132 (.690), including a mark of 184-60 (.754) against league opponents. Under Jones’ guidance, the Bears finished as one of the top two teams in the MVC in either the regular season or MVC Tournament all but four times. After beginning her coaching career as a student-assistant at the University of Florida, Jones joined the staff at Illinois State, helping the Redbirds to 36 wins over two seasons, including second-place finishes in the regular season and the Missouri Valley Tournament during her first season. Jones continued, saying, “With the vision and direction of President Courtway and Dr. Teague, the UCA athletic department is headed in an incredible direction for present and future greatness. UCA is a special place and I cannot wait to get to work with our student-athletes and administrators. I cannot thank Dr. Teague and Natalie Shock enough for this tremendous opportunity.”Central Arkansas Athletics will host a reception and press conference to welcome Coach Jones on Thursday afternoon in the Skyboxes located on the fifth floor of Bear Hall.center_img CONWAY, Ark. – Central Arkansas Athletic Director Brad Teague has announced the hiring of Jeni Jones as the ninth head coach in the history of Central Arkansas Sugar Bear Volleyball. “As with all of our coaching hires, we want to find great men and women to lead our student-athletes, and Jeni Jones certainly fits this characteristic,” said Teague. “Coach Jones is a solid person who knows collegiate volleyball very well. From her days competing at the highest level at Florida, to her role at the great program of Missouri State, Coach Jones understands what it means to be a collegiate athlete and what it takes to be successful in the classroom and on the court.” “We are very fortunate that Jeni Jones has accepted our head volleyball coaching position,” said Teague. “She has a great grasp on all aspects of a program, and she will ensure that our volleyball team members will be the best they can be in all aspects of life. I am very confident in entrusting the Sugar Bear Volleyball Program to Coach Jones. She will be a great addition to the UCA family and will mentor our young women to greatness. We are all proud to call Coach Jones a Sugar Bear.”last_img

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