Rick Jones named 2009 NT head coach
Tulane skipper experienced in international competition
Jones is the head coach at Tulane University in New Orleans, La., and he is coming off a 2008 campaign that was his 15th at the helm of the Green Wave baseball program. Over his career at Tulane, Jones has tallied a 639-306-2 record (.674), including a 257-127-2 mark in Conference USA play, which is more wins than any other league school. Inheriting a team that had been to the NCAA Regionals seven times in its previous 101 years of existence, Jones took the Green Wave to the postseason in his first season, again in 1996 and every year from 1998-2007.
"This is a tremendous honor, and I am very excited to represent our country as the head coach of the USA Baseball National Team," Jones said. "Having been an assistant coach on the 1989 and 1990 teams, I fully understand what a privilege and responsibility it is to put on the hat and jersey with our stars and stripes. I am looking forward to the 2009 tour in the states and abroad and leading our nation's best players. This is a great opportunity for me to represent our country and Tulane University."
Jones was an assistant coach on the 1989 USA Baseball Presidential Cup coaching staff, and he was a member of the 1990 USA Baseball National Team coaching staff as well, where he served as the squad's pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. He helped lead Team USA to a silver medal at the Presidential Cup in Taiwan in 1989 and to a bronze medal at the Goodwill Games in Seattle, Wash. in 1990.
"It's wonderful having Rick involved with the National Team program again," says Eric Campbell, General Manager of the USA Baseball National Team. "His international experience will be invaluable as we begin to lay the groundwork for the 2009 team."
Before coming to Tulane, Jones was the assistant head coach at national power Georgia Tech from 1990-93 where he coached the pitchers for four years and served as the Yellow Jackets' recruiting coordinator for three seasons. During his stint in Atlanta, Jones helped the Yellow Jackets to four consecutive NCAA Regionals, and his recruiting classes were nationally ranked each year and included the likes of Nomar Garciaparra and Jay Payton.
Jones has also held head coaching positions at Elon College (Elon, N.C.), Ferrum College (Ferrum, Va.) and E.E. Smith High School (Fayetteville, N.C.).
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