Jim Jones begins his 19th year as Salisbury's head coach for men's and women's cross country and track & field in 2016-17. Jones, who joined the staff in July 1999, led the Sea Gulls through another successful campaign in 2015-16.
During the 2015-16 season, Jones led the Salisbury men's team to another top-10 finish in the nation, as the Gulls tied for 10th in the NCAA Division III outdoor national championships. Senior Luke Campbell earned two national championships in the meet in the 110- and 400-meter hurdles, while the 4x400-meter relay team earned All-American status. Campbell also won the 60-meter hurdles at the 2016 indoor championships. In all, the team garnered 11 All-American awards during the year, along with 30 All-Capital Athletic Conference honors. The team finished second in the indoor and outdoor conference championships.
The women's team finished the indoor season third in the CAC and the outdoor season second in the CAC under Jones' leaderships. Junior Meghan McGowan also earned her second indoor All-American in the high jump on the season. The team combined for 20 All-CAC honors during the year, as well.
Jones led the Sea Gulls to another successful year, leading the men’s team to a fourth-place finish at the outdoor NCAA Division III championships. The Sea Gulls garnered 13 All-American awards at the championships, while junior Luke Campbell won his sixth and seventh national championships in the 110- and 400-meter hurdles. Campbell also won the 60-meter hurdles championship during the indoor season. Jones led the men to their fourth-straight CAC championships for the indoor and the outdoor seasons, while accumulating 38 total All-CAC awards between the two seasons.
Jones led the women’s team to second-place finishes at the indoor and outdoor CAC championships, while the Gulls notched 18 All-CAC awards. He coached sophomore Meghan McGowan to her first All-American honor, as she represented the women at the indoor and outdoor national championships. He was honored as the indoor men's Coach of the Year and women's Co-Coach of the Year and the outdoor men's Coach of the Year for the conference for the strong showings.
The Sea Gulls had another strong outdoor season in 2014, with the men's team claiming its third-consecutive conference title, while the women's team placed third. The season ended on a high note, with Luke Campbell winning the national championship in the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles. The Salisbury University men's and women's outdoor track & field teams picked up 32 all-conference members, with Campbell being named the Male Athelete of the Year. Jones was also named the top coach in the conference for the outdoor season.
Salisbury won three of four Capital Athletic Conference titles with Jones at the helm in 2012-13. The Sea Gulls earmed two national championships as senior Chelsea Tavik claimed the shot put title and freshman Luke Campbell the 110-meter hurdles, both in the outdoor season. The pair combined for five All-American honors on the season, while Tavik graduated as the most decorated female student-athlete in program history, with five All-American awards, and currently holds six school records.
Salisbury swept all four team Capital Athletic Conference championships in the 2011-12 under Jones, including the inaugural indoor championships, held at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. In outdoor track & field on the women's side, junior Chelsea Tavik, who earned CAC Women's Athlete of the Year, became the second three-time All-American in SU history, finishing second in the shot put. Tavik also claimed Salisbury's first individual national championship by a female student-athlete when she won the shot put at NCAA Championships. The team earned no less than 50 All-CAC honors during outdoor season and another 26 during indoor.
In 2011 the women’s track and field team won its second consecutive CAC championship and the men finished second to break their seven-year winning streak. The Sea Gulls produced 31 All-CAC performances including 17 individual conference champions. In addition to the 2011 CAC women’s team title, Tavik was named the CAC Women's Athlete of the Year, junior Jay Drenner was named the CAC Men’s Athlete of the Year, Ryan Jackson was named the CAC Men’s Rookie of the Year, and Jim Jones was named the CAC Women’s Coach of the Year. At the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Chelsea Tavik finished third in the shot put to earn All-American honors.
In 2010 the men’s team was the national runner-up at the NCAA Division III outdoor national championships held in Cleveland, Ohio. At the outdoor championships the Sea Gulls men had five All-Americans; two being national champions (Cory Beebe in the 400-meter hurdles and Brandon Fugett in the shot put).
At the 2010 NCAA Division III indoor national championships the men had an impressive showing finishing 11th overall as a team and had two All-Americans and one national champion (Delannie Spriggs in the 55-meter dash). Spriggs also set a new NCAA Division III meet record in the 55-meter dash with the time of 6.20 seconds. Spriggs was named the 2010 United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Indoor Athlete of the Year for his efforts during the indoor season.
In 2009 the men’s team finished fourth overall at the NCAA Division III outdoor national championships and had three All-Americans; two being national champions (Cory Beebe in the 400-meter Hurdles and Brandon Fugett in the shot put). During the 2009 NCAA Division III indoor national championships the men had an impressive showing finishing 10th overall as a team and had two All-Americans.
Awards are nothing new for Jones, who has been named as the USTFCCCA Mideast Region Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year in 2010. At the conference level he has been named as the CAC Men’s Track & Field Coach of the Year in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He was also named the CAC Women’s Track & Field Coach of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Under his guidance, the Gulls have produced the USTFCCCA National Indoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2010, five USTFCCCA Mideast Region Track and Field Athletes of the Year, the CAC Athlete of the Year in 2005 (Derrick Washington), 2007 (Sam Singleton), 2008 (Delannie Spriggs), 2009 (Brandon Fugett), 2010 (Corey Beebe and Lindsey Metzler), 2011 (Chelsea Tavik and Jay Drenner), 2012 (Chelsea Tavik), 2013 (Chelsea Tavik), and 2014 (Luke Campbell) and the CAC Rookie of the Year in 2004 (Ruth Hedrick and Marcus Tines), 2005 (Casey McInerny), 2006 (Josh Michael), 2007 (Victoria Lawson and Quentin Briscoe), 2009 (Jennifer Houghton), 2010 (Chelsea Tavik), 2011 (Ryan Jackson), 2012 (Richard Newman), 2013 (Luke Campbell), and 2014 (Zach White). Jones has helped pilot the men to the CAC title 10 times in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014 and the women to CAC championships four times in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Over the past 12 seasons (2000-2011) Salisbury has had 175 men and 193 women recognized as All-Capital Athletic Conference performers, this includes 191 CAC individual champions. Salisbury has broken several school records, numerous student-athletes have reached the qualifying standards for the NCAA National Championships, 17 have earned All-American status, and five individual were NCAA national champions.
Continuing a history of academic success, the 2011 SU men’s and women's squads earned All-Academic honors and in 2010 the men’s team was named the National Outdoor Scholar Team of the Year from the USTFCCCA. The teams’ cumulative grade point averages consistently rank among the best in the nation.
"Salisbury has an outstanding academic reputation and has a lot to offer students, both academically and athletically," says Jones. "Our goal will be to continue to do well on the conference level while also moving to the next level nationally."
"We're fortunate to have a person of Jim's abilities at Salisbury University," says Dr. Michael Vienna, SU's director of athletics. "He certainly understands the Division III philosophy as both a student-athlete and a coach. We feel that he will be able to help us compete at the national level."
Jones came to Salisbury after serving for five years as the head coach for both cross country and track & field at NCAA Division III Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. Prior to that, Jones spent four years as an assistant cross country and track coach, with two-year stints at Otterbein (Ohio) College as well as his alma mater, Mount Union (Ohio) College. Jones served on the NCAA National Track & Field Committee from 2001-2005 and as the committees chair from 2004-2005.
A native of Coshocton, Ohio, Jones is a 1991 graduate of the University of Mount Union, where he was a four-year member of both the cross country and track and field teams. Jones served as team captain of the cross country squad for three seasons and was an NCAA national qualifier in cross country. He and his wife Amy have a daughter, Hope, and a son, Ethan, and reside in Salisbury.
Coach Jones News
05/08/14 Campbell, Jones headline track & field's All-CAC selections
03/12/14 Jones named USTFCCCA Mideast Region Men's Indoor Coach of the Year
02/26/14 Campbell, White, Jones lead men's and women's track & field in CAC awards
02/28/12 Sea Gulls claim 23 indoor all-conference honors; Tavik, Newman, Jones earn individual honors
04/27/11 Jones earns CAC Coach of the Year as Sea Gulls dominate post-season accolades
12/16/10 Jones receives Wicomico County's Outstanding Community Volunteer Award
05/25/10 Two Sea Gulls named USTFCCCA Athletes of the Year; Jones also honored
Highlights of the track & field program since 2000:
NCAA Division III Outdoor National Track and Field Championships Runner Up Team – 2010 (Men)
NCAA Division III Outdoor National Track & Field Championships Fourth Place Team – 2009 & 2015 (Men)
NCAA Individual National Champions: 10, 2009 (2), 2010 (3), 2012 (1), 2013 (2), 2014 (3), 2015 (3)
All–Americans: 42, 2005 (1), 2007 (2), 2008 (1), 2009 (5), 2010 (7), 2011 (1), 2012 (2), 2013 (5), 2014 (4), 2015 (14)
USTFCCCA National Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year - Luke Campbell (2015)
USTFCCCA Mideast Region Indoor Athlete of the Year -- Chelsea Tavik (2013)
USTFCCCA National Outdoor Scholar Team of the Year – 2010 (Men)
USTFCCCA National Indoor Athlete of the Year – Delannie Spriggs (2010)
USTFCCCA Mideast Region Indoor Track Event Athlete of the Year – Delannie Spriggs (2010)
USTFCCCA Mideast Region Indoor Field Event Athlete of the Year – Brandon Fuggett (2010)
USTFCCCA Mideast Region Indoor Coach of the Year – Jim Jones (2010)
USTFCCCA Mideast Region Outdoor Track Event Athlete of the Year – Cory Beebe (2010)
USTFCCCA Mideast Region Outdoor Field Event Athlete of the Year – Brandon Fuggett (2009 and 2010)
USTFCCCA Mideast Region Outdoor Coach of the Year – Jim Jones (2010)
CAC Indoor Track & Field Titles (Men): Four, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
CAC Indoor Track & Field Titles (Women): One, 2012
CAC Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year (Men): Three, 2013, 2014, 2015
CAC Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year (Women): Two, 2012, 2013
CAC Indoor Track & Field Rookie of the Year (Men): Three, 2012, 2013, 2014
CAC Indoor Track & Field Rookie of the Year (Women): One, 2013
CAC Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year (Men): Three, 2013, 2014, 2015
CAC Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year (Women): Two, 2012, 2015
CAC Outdoor Track & Field Titles (Men): 11, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
CAC Outdoor Track & Field Titles (Women): Four, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
CAC Outdoor Coach of the Year Honors (Men): 10, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
CAC Outdoor Coach of the Year Honors (Women): Four, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
CAC Outdoor Athlete of the Year Honors (Men): Eight, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015
CAC Outdoor Athlete of the Year Honors (Women): Four, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
CAC Outdoor Rookie of the Year Honors (Men): Six, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013
CAC Outdoor Rookie of the Year Honors (Women): Five, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010