RICHARDSON, Texas – The 2018 inductee to the Lone Star Conference Hall of Honor is former Cameron coach Joe Jones, league officials announced on Thursday.
Jones composes the 2018 class for the LSC Hall of Honor, which recognizes outstanding individuals who have brought pride and honor to the conference through their contributions as an athlete or who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to the betterment of the conference as a coach or administrator.
Jones, who is the first Aggie to be enshrined, was chosen by a panel of athletic administrators throughout the league.
“Joe Jones is a great addition to the LSC Hall of Honor. His strong leadership and prolonged success as a coach in the league made him a worthy choice. I’m happy to see him take his place among the top coaches in LSC history,” said LSC Commissioner Jay Poerner.
Jones will receive the LSC’s signature Hall of Honor award, a 15-inch custom-sculpted eagle figurine mounted on a cherry wood base. The award for Jones is to be presented this fall.
Here is a closer look at the 2018 inductee to the LSC Hall of Honor:
Joe Jones, Cameron, Coach: Jones served as Cameron’s women’s tennis coach from 1976 until 1999 and had a 306-100 overall coaching record while graduating students at an incredible rate of 95 percent during that time span.
Jones started the Cameron tennis program in 1977, which competed in the Oklahoma Association Intercollegiate Athletics for Women and won titles in 1979 and 1980. From 1981 through 1989, Jones’ Aggie teams competed in the NAIA ranks where they would finish no worse than third in District IX and claimed district titles in 1986 and 1987. Additionally during Cameron’s years as NAIA program, they were in the National Tournament four times and finished seventh overall in 1981.
When Cameron joined the NCAA and the Lone Star Conference, his teams finished second five times. Jones led the team to NCAA tournament appearances in 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999. From 1991-99, the Aggies were ranked in the top-25 in the national polls and his singles players were ranked 35th or higher during that same period.
For his work on the court, Jones earned Coach of the Year acclaim 10 times including LSC recognition in 1991 and 1993. In 1996, Jones was named the ITA Midwest Coach of the Year. He also served as chair of the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Advisory Committee and was on the national tennis committee.
After his retirement from coaching in 1999, Jones continued teaching at Cameron. He was awarded the Harold and Elizabeth Hackler Teaching Excellence Award in 2003, which recognizes outstanding contributions by faculty in the lives of Cameron students.
In 2009, Jones was inducted to the Cameron University Athletics Hall of Fame for his contributions in 23 years of coaching.