Midland College Women's Basketball Coaches

 

Head Coach Ron Jones

 

jonesAfter 23 years, Ron Jones has developed one of the top women's basketball programs in the nation. His Lady Chap teams average 26 wins per season. Additionally, the Lady Chaps have made 7 National Tournament Appearances including three NJCAA "Final Fours" and finished as National Runner-Up in 2001. He is also responsible for the development of 48 NCAA Division I student-athletes and 12 NJCAA All-Americans. In 2004, Coach Jones witnessed the drafting of a former player into the WNBA, when former Lady Chap Amisha Carter was drafted in the second round by the New York Liberty. Carter, formerly of the Detroit Shock, completed her playing career at Midland College in 2002.

Jones' collegiate coaching resume includes a 624-193 (76%) overall collegiate career record, a 590-166 (78%) overall record at Midland College, 10 conference titles, 23 NJCAA Region V Tournament appearances, 11 Region V Finals appearances, 6 Region V Championships, and 7 NJCAA National Tournament appearances (3rd place in 1999, 2nd place in 2001, 3rd place in 2003, 5th place in 2008, Elite 8 in 2010, Sweet 16 in 2013, and Sweet 16 in 2016). His 590 victories at Midland College place him as the school's record holder for basketball. Over the course of his entire coaching career (high school and college) Jones' record in 701-218 (76%). He has received 13 "Coach of the Year" awards with recognition from National, State, and Conference associations.  Coach Jones was also selected in 2010 for the prestigious "Scott Seator Community Achievement Award" in Midland.

Jones hails from Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he earned all-state honors as a high school basketball player. Following his high school graduation Jones was signed a letter of intent by Coach Chester Story to play for Midland College. Ron played for Story, Delnor Poss and finally Jerry Stone. After completing his playing career at MC, Jones signed to continue his playing career at Pan American University (now named the University of Texas-Pan American).

He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma. After completing his studies at UCO, Jones began his coaching career at Guthrie, Oklahoma High School, winning three-consecutinve conference, regional and area titles with an impressive 69-9 record over the three seasons. Guthrie won the Oklahoma state title in 1990, with Coach Jones earning Oklahoma Coach of the Year honors that year.  Additionally, Jones was inducted into the Guthrie Hall of Fame on February 28th, 2000.

Next for Jones was his first collegiate coaching job as the head coach at Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas in 1992. As the coach at WTC, Jones and his Lady Duster team recorded a 34-27 overall record over two seasons. In his second season at WTC, the team chalked up a 19-12 record and qualified for the Region V Tournament.

Jones left Western Texas in 1994 to accept the challenge of starting the new basketball program at Midland College. Meeting the challenge head on, Jones not only recruited a team, but also fielded a contender in his first season at Midland College. The Lady Chaps recorded a 23-8 overall record (8-4 in the WJCAC) and finished in second place.

Coach Jones would be the first to say that his coaching achievements come second to his commitment to his family. He would also freely admit that having Melanie, his wife, beside him makes the coaching successes possible. Ron and Melanie are the proud parents of three daughters, Jenny, 34, who lives in San Antonio, Shelby, 24, who lives in Midland, and Katie, 19, a Junior attending Midwestern State University.

SEASON RECORDS

Year                        W/L Overall                          W/L Conference                              WJCAC

2016-2017                     17-10                                        8-6                                           3rd
2015-2016                     27-7                                          11-3                                         2nd
2014-2015                     21-10                                        10-4                                         2nd  

2013-2014                     18-12                                         8-6                                          4th
2012-2013                     27-8                                          11-3                                         1st
2011-2012                     23-8                                          9-3                                           2nd
2010-2011                     27-6                                          10-2                                         1st
2009-2010                     31-5                                          11-1                                         1st
2008-2009                     30-2                                          13-1                                         1st
2007-2008                     31-6                                          11-3                                         2nd
2006-2007                     20-11                                         9-5                                          3rd
2005-2006                     22-11                                         5-7                                          3rd
2004-2005                     23-9                                           9-3                                          2nd
2003-2004                     20-10                                         8-4                                          3rd
2002-2003                     31-6                                          10-2                                         1st
2001-2002                     26-6                                          10-2                                         2nd
2000-2001                     35-2                                          12-0                                         1st
1999-2000                     27-6                                          13-1                                         1st
1998-1999                     34-3                                          14-0                                         1st
1997-1998                     25-8                                          12-2                                         1st
1996-1997                     25-6                                          15-3                                         1st
1995-1996                     27-6                                          14-4                                         3rd
1994-1995                     23-8                                           8-4                                          2nd

Total: 23 Seasons         590-166                                     241-69