Tommy Jones enters his fifth season as the head women's basketball coach at the College of Central Florida. In just a few short years, he has revitalized the Lady Patriot basketball program back to its winning ways. Jones has an overall coaching record of 136-99 (69-52 at CF).
Last season, Coach Jones led CF to a runner-up finish in the Mid-Florida conference and a third-straight FCSAA state tournament appearance. Three of four sophomores signed with four-year institutions and two Lady Patriot players received MFC First Team All-Conference honors.
In 2016, Jones led the Lady Patriots to back-to-back FCSAA State Basketball Tournament appearances after finishing third in the Mid-Florida Conference (MFC). On the year, he landed four MFC All-Conference selections, a FCSAA First Team All-State honoree in Marcella Rocha, and the state and conference Female Scholar Athlete of the Year in Thais Oliveira, an East Carolina University signee.
In 2015, Jones led the women's basketball program to its first MFC title in more than four years and broke into the NJCAA national poll for the first time in recent memory. He also led the Lady Patriots to their first FCSAA State Basketball Tournament appearance in more than six years, falling to eventual NJCAA National Champions Chipola in the semifinals. Jones developed newcomer Thais Oliveira into one of the top shot blockers in the country, finishing Top 10 in NJCAA and No. 2 in the state.
A graduate from the University of Florida, Tommy Jones brings more than 25 years of experience to the College of Central Florida, most recently as the women's assistant basketball coach at the University of Tampa. While there, the Spartans rose to a top 10 national ranking.
Prior to UT, Jones was the head women's basketball coach at Mid-Florida Conference opponent Hillsborough Community College from 2008-2011. He led the Hawks to a 67-42 record and consecutive trips to the state tournament. In his second season, they were co-conference champions and set the school record for most wins in a season with 23. The Hawks had won less than eight games in each of the previous six seasons before Jones took over.
Under Jones' watch at HCC, 10 players moved on to play at the NCAA Division I and II levels. He also coached three conference players of the year and two McDonald's All-Americans.
Aside from his time coaching the women's programs at HCC and UT, Jones also held coaching jobs at HCC (men's assistant basketball coach 2005-07), The Cambridge School (assistant girls basketball coach, 2001-05), Tampa Catholic High School (assistant girls basketball coach, 1999-2001), St. Peter Claver Catholic School (boys basketball coach, 1999-2000), and Tampa Prep (assistant boys basketball coach, 1991-99).
Jones resides in Tampa, Fla. with his wife, Kimberly Hannah-Jones, daughter, Kai, and son, Thomas.