Coach Jeff Jones will remain with the American U. Eagles through the 2016 season after signing a contract extension, the university announced Wednesday. In his 11 seasons with the Eagles, Jones' record stands at 181-151, and his 181 victories is the most in program history. Most recently, Jones guided American to a 22-9 record and a No. 2 finish in the Patriot League. That's a sharp turnaround from the 2010 campaign, in which American finished 11-20.
In addition, Jones led the Eagles to their only NCAA Tournament appearances in school history, in 2008 and 2009.
Given all the Eagles have accomplished under Jones, it's easy to see why the university wants to keep him around.
Prior to joining American, Jones coached the Virginia Cavaliers from 1990-1998, leading them to an NIT championship in just his second season. The Cavaliers reached the Elite Eight in the 1995 NCAA Tournament, only to fall to the Arkansas Razorbacks, who went on to finish as runners-up to the UCLA Bruins. Jones' Virginia record stands at 146-104.