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Johnny Jones
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: DeRidder, La.
High School: DeRidder HS
Alma Mater: LSU
Graduating Year: 1985
Experience: 1st Year
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Johnny Jones Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 09/14/2015

Consistency and Improvement. The two watchwords of the first three years of Johnny Jones tenure as LSU men’s basketball coach.

19 wins. 9 SEC wins in 2013
20 wins, 9 SEC wins in 2014. NIT bid
22 wins, 11 SEC wins in 2015. NCAA Tournament appearance. Top 3 in the SEC.

In three years, Jones has won 61 games overall and 29 in the Southeastern Conference. That’s more than any coach at LSU has won in their first three years on the job in Baton Rouge. Jones is also the first LSU coach to take his team to two post-season events in their first three years as the head coach.

Now as Jones prepares for his fourth season at the helm as head coach of the LSU Tigers, he prepares to bring in a recruiting class that some publications has named No. 1 in the country. There is No. 1 overall high school recruit Ben Simmons, who grew up in Australia and played at Montverde in Florida. No. 14 player Antonio Blakeney also of Florida and Mr. Basketball of Louisiana, Brandon Sampson of Madison Prep in Baton Rouge.

Throw in New Orleans native Craig Victor who has transferred from Arizona, seniors Keith Hornsby and Josh Grey, along with junior Tim Quarterman and several players with a year’s experience in the program and the consistency and improvement is set to continue for LSU Basketball.

For Johnny Jones, his head coaching tenure is cementing his legacy at LSU after 21 years involved with the program:

Four years as a player.
13 years as a member of Dale Brown’s coaching staff
Now, entering his fourth year as the head coach at LSU.

For Jones, just the fifth LSU alum to hold the top position in the men’s basketball program and the third to have played and served as head coach, his beliefs about reaching out to fans and giving them an exciting style of basketball to watch in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center has been a strong selling point to fans and recruits alike.

Jones in his three seasons have put on the floor teams that will play hard from start to finish and play a style of basketball that makes players want to showcase their talent in a team concept.

In his opening statement after being hired, Jones brought back the “HIT” philosophy of LSU Basketball that Coach Dale Brown used when Jones played and coached. The “HIT” philosophy stands for “Hard, Intelligent and Together.”

More than anything, Jones, since his hiring on April 13, 2012, has gone out of his way to embrace all aspects of the community, traveling throughout the state on the LSU Tiger Tour and speaking to civic groups and youth organizations. Included in his points in all his stops was how much he wants people to embrace LSU basketball. It’s not only fans he wants to hear that message but high school coaches who are excited again to have LSU coaches visiting with them on a regular basis.

LSU and Coach Jones has a successful booster club that gathers before each game for food and scouting reports in the practice facility prior to each home game, Jones is also hosting public luncheons each month to talk to fans about their basketball program and the luncheons are drawing strong crowds each month during the season.

This is Jones’ third career head coaching position he has served as the interim head coach at the University of Memphis during the 1999-2000 season and began his run as the head coach at the University of North Texas prior to the 2001-02 season.

When Johnny Jones suited up for his first game as an LSU Tiger against Colgate in the Great Alaskan Shootout on Nov. 28, 1980, it would mark the first of 121 games that he would play for LSU. Then the player would turn assistant coach and be on the bench with Coach Dale Brown for another 407 contests.

As a player at LSU, besides playing on the 1981 NCAA Final Four team, Jones started 54 career games. Jones is the only person in LSU history to both play (1981) and coach (1986, asst.) in an NCAA Final Four.

Johnny Jones and his wife Kelli, have two children, John and Jillian.

The Jones File
Seasons: Fourth at LSU
Age: 53
Birth Date: March 30, 1961
Hometown: DeRidder, La.
High School: DeRidder High
College: LSU, BA, 1985
Wife: Kelli
Children: John, Jillian

College Coaching Experience
1984-85 - Student Assistant, LSU
1985-87 - Assistant Coach, LSU
1987-88 - Administrative Assistant, Lsu
1988-94 - Assistant Coach, LSU
1994-97 - Associate Coach, LSU
1997-99 - Associate Coach, Memphis
1999-2000 - Interim Head Coach, Memphis
2000-01 - Assistant Coach, Alabama
2001-12 - Head Coach, North Texas
April 13, 2012-Present - Head Coach, LSU

Head Coaching Record Year-by-Year

Year Overall Conf. Conf. Rank Notes
Memphis
1999-2000 15-16 7-9 5th (National) Interim Head Coach
North Texas
2001-02 15-14 8-7 4th (West)  
2002-03 7-21 2-13 6th (West)  
2003-04 13-15 8-7 3rd (West)  
2004-05 14-14 6-9 T4 (West)  
2005-06 14-14 6-9 T4 (West)  
2006-07 23-11 10-8 3rd (West) SBC Tourn. Champs, NCAA
2007-08 20-11 10-8 3rd (West)  
2008-09 20-12 11-7 2nd (West)  
2009-10 24-9 13-5 1st (West) SBC Tourn. Champs, NCAA
2010-11 22-11 8-8 4th (West)  
2011-12 18-13 9-7 4th (West)  
UNT Totals 190-146 91-88    
LSU
2012-13 19-12 9-9 T8th (Overall)  
2013-14 20-14 9-9 T6th (Overall) NIT Second Round
2014-15 22-11 11-7 T3rd (Overall) NCAA First Round
2015-16        
LSU Totals 61-37 29-25    
Career Total  266-199  127-124     
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