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July 6, 2014
Interview with ODU's Jeff Jones
The Old Dominion Monarchs out of Norfolk, VA enjoyed the nation's biggest turnaround in College Basketball during 2013-14 as they won 18 games following a tumultuous 5-25 season the year before. Orchestrating the turnaround was new Head Coach Jeff Jones, a man familiar with success at his previous stops.
Hired by ODU in April of 2013, Jones guided American University to four 20-win seasons which included two trips to the NCAA Tournament. Prior to coaching there, he was the Head Coach at the University of Virginia from 1990-98, leading the Cavaliers to the Sweet in '93 and the Elite Eight in '95.
In 22 years as a Head Coach at the college level, Jones has gone 374-304 with 10 postseason appearances. His Monarchs were able to finish sixth in their first season in Conference USA while reaching the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational Tournament.
ODU has a host of returnees along with some newcomers sprinkled in for next season as they look to continue to improve under Jones. What's in store for the Monarchs moving forward?
Jones recently caught up with us for a One-on-One Interview at ODU's Team Camp to discuss last season's debut with the Monarchs, recruiting, and the challenges that await him and his team for the 2014-15 campaign. Hear that interview that aired on High School Sports Talk Presented by VirginiaPreps.com on ESPN Radio 94.1 at the link below . . .
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