Jim Jones begins his 20th year as Salisbury's head coach for men's and women's cross country and track & field in 2017-18. Jones, who joined the staff in July 1999, has led the Sea Gulls to successful cross country campaigns over his tenure.
Over the past 18 seasons Salisbury has won 10 men and eight women Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) team championships, several student-athletes qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships, 18 have earned NCAA All-Mideast Region honors, and 104 men and 69 women have been recognized as All-CAC performers, including nine CAC individual champions.
Equally important, the SU men’s and women's squads earned All-Academic honors from the United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) numerous times. The teams’ cumulative grade point averages consistently rank among the best in the nation.
The awards are nothing new for Jones. He is a nine-time CAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year (2000, 2002-03, 2005-2008, 2010, and 2014) and five-time CAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year (2004-05, 2009-11).
Under his guidance, Salisbury has produced the CAC Athlete of the Year in 1999 (Suzy McCulloch), 2000 (Suzy McCulloch), 2003 (Tristan Gilbert), 2005 (Glenna Sullivan, Scott Koehler), 2006 (Kelly Sullivan), 2007 (Eric Graves), 2010 (Chris Barnard), 2014 (Tom Burke) and the CAC Rookie of the Year in 1999 (Jeremy Beall), 2002 (Will Murdoch), 2004 (Laura Ulmer), 2005 (Kelly Sullivan), 2007 (Chris Barnard), 2009 (Steve Berstler, Jessie Early), 2010 (Ryan Jackson), 2015 (William Kirk). Jones has also won the men’s CAC title nine times (2000, 2002-03, 2005-08, 2010, 2014) and the women's CAC title seven times (2004-05, 2006, 2008-11).
"Salisbury has an outstanding academic reputation and has a lot to offer students, both academically and athletically," said Jones. "Our goal will be to continue to do well on the conference level while also moving to the next level nationally."
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 College in Westerville, Ohio, as well as his alma mater, the University of Mount Union, in Alliance, Ohio. Jones served on the NCAA Track & Field Committee from 2001-05 and as the committees chair from 2004-05.
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 & 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
11/7/06 11 Sea Gull runners earn All-CAC Honors, Coach Jones and Kelly Sullivan honored
11/14/08 SU Men's and Women's Cross Country honored with 11 All-CAC selections, Jones named Coach of the Year
11/10/09 Early and Jones garner individual honors, seven Sea Gulls collect all-conference honors
9/28/10 Jones to speak at Varsity Club Coaches Luncheon
12/16/10 Jones receives Wicomico County's Outstanding Community Volunteer Award
11/11/11 Six SU cross country runners named to All-CAC teams; Jones named Women’s Coach of the Year
9/26/12 Coach Wood to be joined by Jones, Knight at Varsity Club Coaches Luncheon
Highlights during Coach Jones' tenure:
NCAA National Cross Country Qualifiers: Five, 1999 (1), 2006 (2), 2007 (1), 2010 (1)
NCAA All-Mideast Region: 16, 1999 (1), 2000 (2), 2004 (1), 2005 (3), 2006 (4), 2007 (2), 2010 (1), 2012 (1), 2014 (1)
CAC Individual Champion: (Men): Five, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2014
CAC Individual Champion (Women): Four, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006
CAC Cross Country Team Titles (Men): Nine, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014
CAC Cross Country Team Titles (Women): Seven, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
CAC Coach of the Year Honors (Men): Nine, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014
CAC Coach of the Year Honors (Women): Five, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011
CAC Athlete of the Year Honors (Men): Five, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2014
CAC Athlete of the Year Honors (Women): Four, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006
CAC Rookie of the Year Honors (Men): Six, 1999, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015
CAC Rookie of the Year Honors (Women): Three, 2004, 2005, 2009
1999 NCAA Mideast Regional Champion - Suzy McCulloch
1999 NCAA Mideast Regional Athlete of the Year – Suzy McCulloch
Updated June, 14, 2017