- Associated Press - Thursday, April 4, 2013

NORFOLK, Va. — American University basketball coach Jeff Jones was introduced Thursday as the new head coach at Old Dominion.

Wood Selig, athletic director at Old Dominion, announced the hiring of the former Virginia head coach and player.

“I know our student athletes will benefit greatly from Jeff’s experiences as a college student athlete and head coach,” Selig said. “He will run a model program from which our university and Hampton Roads community will take considerable pride.”

Jones replaces Blaine Taylor, who was fired in February. Taylor’s 239 wins in 12 seasons were the most ever at Old Dominion, but the Monarchs were 2-20 when he was dismissed with eight games remaining this year.

“I have great respect for the tradition and success of the Old Dominion basketball program, dating back to the early 1970s when my father’s teams at Kentucky Wesleyan played great ODU teams that included Dave Twardzik and Wilson Washington,” Jones said.

“The facilities, including the Constant Center, are outstanding, and the community support and attendance for men’s basketball is incredible.”

Jones, 52, compiled a 212-182 record in 13 seasons at American. Four of his last six teams won at least 20 games, and his squad advanced to the 2009 NCAA Tournament as the Patriot League champion, but the Eagles slipped to 10-20 last season.

Jones previously was 146-104 in eight seasons at Virginia. He led the Cavaliers to six post-season appearances, winning the NIT championship in 1992 and advancing to the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16 in 1993 and Elite 8 in 1995.

As a point guard for the Cavaliers, Jones set school records for assists in a season (200) and in a career (598) — marks later broken by his star player, John Crotty.

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