Saturday , Apr , 07 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Donnie Jones named Marshall coach

Huntington, WV (Sports Network) – Donnie Jones was named the new men’s
basketball coach at Marshall on Saturday.

The 40-year-old Jones was part of back-to-back national championships at
Florida the last two seasons, He was an assistant coach with the Gators from
1996-2006 and then was promoted to associate head coach under Billy Donovan
last season.

Jones was a graduate assistant coach at Marshall from 1990-92 and was then
elevated to assistant coach from ’92-96. He earned his Master’s degree in
sports management in 1992 at the school.

“Obviously it’s great to be back,” Jones said. “This has been a dream of mine.
Ever since a little kid, in my mind, I visualized myself being here today.”

Jones replaces Ron Jirsa, who was not retained following a 13-19 overall
record last season.

“We know the community is starving for success,” Jones said. “We know it’s a
basketball community as well as a sports community and I know we can do great
things here.”