Johnny Jones

Johnny Jones (born March 30, 1961)

Current position: Head men’s head basketball coach
Current team: Texas Southern Tigers
Current conference: Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)
Memphis record: 15-16 (.484)
North Texas record: 190-146 (.565)
LSU record: 90-72 (.556)
Texas Southern record: 76-52 (.594)
Overall record: 371-286 (.565)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2018-present Texas Southern
2017-2018 Nevada (assoc. HC)
2012-2017 LSU
2001-2012 North Texas
2000-2001 Alabama (asst)
1999-2000 Memphis
1997-1999 Memphis (asst)
1984-1997 LSU (asst)

Johnny Jones Facts

  • John Henry Jones, Jr.
  • Born March 30, 1961
  • Hometown: DeRidder, Louisiana
  • Alma Mater: Louisiana State University (BA, 1985)
  • Played four seasons for the LSU Tigers under HOF head coach Dale Brown; was on the 1981 team that made the Final Four
  • Started his career as an assistant at LSU for 13 seasons under Brown; on staff in 1986 for program’s third trip to the Final Four
  • Spent two seasons as an assistant at Memphis under Tic Price before taking over as interim head coach for 1999-2000
  • After one season as an assistant under Mark Gottfried at Alabama, became the head coach at North Texas
    • Won 190 games and went to two NCAA Tournaments in eleven seasons as the head coach at UNT
  • Returned to alma mater, LSU, in 2012 as the Tigers’ new head coach
    • Took LSU to one NCAA Tournament and one NIT in five seasons
    • Fired in March 2017 following a 10-21 season
  • Hired as the associate head coach at Nevada in April 2017, joined the staff of one of his former LSU assistants, Eric Musselman
  • Named the head coach at defending SWAC champion Texas Southern in June 2018
    • Reached the CIT semifinals in his first season, finishing the year with 24 wins
    • In 2021, Jones’ led the Tigers back to the NCAA Tournament by way of a SWAC Tournament crown
  • Along with his wife, Kelli, has one son and one daughter

Johnny Jones Coaching Tree

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