BS ’61, Physical Education
MS ’66, Physical Education
Long before his coaching took him to the University
of Illinois, Jones created a baseball dynasty in 21 years
as head coach at his alma mater. He propelled the Salukis
into the national spotlight, leading them to a 738-345-5
(.681)record, including 10 NCAA Tournament appearances
and three trips to the NCAA College World Series.
In 1990, his final season at SIU was somewhat of a
storybook ending. He not only led the Salukis to an
incredible 49-14 record and sixth Missouri Valley
Conference Championship in 14 seasons, but his team
also advanced to the NCAA Regionals as the second
seed and came within one game of advancing to yet
another CWS berth.