Donnie Jones

Donnie Jones (born July 7, 1966)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Stetson Hatters
Current conference: ASUN Conference
Marshall record: 55-41 (.573)
UCF record: 79-88 (.473) **
Stetson record: 78-78 (.500)
Overall record: 212-207 (.506) **

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2019-present Stetson
2018-2019 Dayton (asst)
2017-2018 Wichita State (asst)
2010-2016 UCF
2007-2010 Marshall
1996-2007 Florida (asst)
1990-1996 Marshall (asst)
1988-1990 Pikeville (asst)

Donnie Jones Facts

  • Donald Isaac Jones, Sr.
  • Born July 7, 1966
  • Hometown: Point Pleasant, West Virginia
  • Alma Mater: University of Pikeville (1988) / Marshall University (MA, 1992)
  • Played at for Greg White at Pikeville, finishing second in the nation in the NAIA with 10.7 assist/gm as a senior in 1987-88
  • First coaching job was as an assistant under White at alma mater, Pikeville, from 1988-1990
  • Worked under Billy Donovan for thirteen seasons, first at Marshall (1994-96), then at Florida (1996-2007)
  • Returned to Marshall in 2007 as head coach, going 55-41 in three seasons at the helm
  • Hired as the head coach at UCF in 2010, where he spent six seasons as the Knights head coach
    • Had all wins from the 2010-11 season vacated by the NCAA due to the use of an ineligible player
    • Fired in March 2016 following three straight 18-loss seasons
  • In April 2017, after a year away from coaching, Jones was hired by Gregg Marshall to be an assistant coach at Wichita State
  • A year later, Jones joined Anthony Grant‘s staff as an assistant coach at Dayton
  • Hired in March 2019 to be the head coach of the Stetson Hatters in the ASUN Conference
    • Went 16-17 in his first season, improving from just 7 wins the year prior to his arrival; reached the CBI in 2021 and 2023
    • In 2023-24, Jones and the Hatters went 22-12 and won the ASUN Tournament to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever

Donnie Jones Coaching Tree

  • Kenny Blakeney (Howard)
  • David Kiefer (Southeastern Louisiana)
  • Bob MacKinnon Jr. (Texas Legends, LA D-Fenders, Springfield Armor, Idaho Stampede, Colorado 14ers)
  • Brett Nelson (Holy Cross)
  • Adam Williams (Salem International)


** Listed accomplishments for this coach do not include wins or appearances later vacated by the NCAA