Willie Jones was announced as an assistant men’s basketball coach at North Carolina A&T on July 6, 2016. Head coach Jay Joyner promoted Jones to the associate head coaches position on July 1, 2018. Jones serves as the
Jones assisted Joyner in helping the Aggies orchestrate one of the best turnarounds in NCAA Division I history. N.C. A&T improved by 17 games from the 2016-17 to the 2017-18 season to go 20-15 overall. The Aggies .571 winning percentage in 2017-18 was the school’s best in 26 seasons. Jones also helped the Aggies secure their first 20-win season in five years and just their third in 30 years. N.C. A&T also finished undefeated (12-0) at home for the first time since the 1987-88 season.
Before his arrival in Aggieland, Jones spent one season (2015-16) as a men’s basketball assistant coach at Florida A&M. He began his career at Tennessee State (2003-05) as a graduate assistant where he prepared video for coaching analysis, prepared scouting reports on upcoming opponents coordinated film exchange, directed TSU’s basketball camps and clinics while coordinating marketing and promotions of those events and he handled all team equipment.
Jones had a one-year stay at Lemoyne-Owen College (2005-06) as an assistant men’s basketball coach before becoming an assistant at his alma mater South Carolina State (2006-07). After his one season at S.C. State, Jones joined the junior college ranks as an assistant coach at Northwest Florida State College (formerly known as Okaloosa Walton College) in Niceville, Fla. He helped the program compile a 48-11 record during his tenure there (2007-09). The Raiders were routinely ranked in the top-10 and finished with a No.6 ranking in 2008. Eleven of the players recruited by Jones went on to play at the Division I level.
At Charleston Southern (2009-11), Jones was a vital part of the staff as two of his recruits became all-conference standouts for the Buccaneers. In addition to recruiting top talent, he also monitored academic progress, organized team travel, assisted in budgetary functions and assisted with game planning and scouting opponents.
Jacksonville University (2011-14) provided Jones with an opportunity to coordinate game schedules, recruit talented players to the program, install the offensive scheme, assist with scouting opponents and assembling the game plan, manage the basketball budget and monitor the academic progress of the student-athletes.
In 2012, Jones was selected to the prestigious NCAA-ACE program, which highlights some of the best men’s and women’s basketball coaches in the country. Before his most recent stop at FAMU, Jones was the head boys basketball coach and physical education instructor at West Nassau High School in Callahan, Fla (2014-15).
Prior to his successful coaching career, Jones compiled impressive credentials as a men’s basketball player at S.C. State. As a team captain his senior year, Jones helped S.C. State win the 2003 MEAC tournament championship in a 72-67 win over Hampton in the final as the Bulldogs went on to play Oklahoma in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Jones also excelled academically. He graduated cum laude in sports communications with a concentration in management in 2003 from S.C. State. He was a member of the MEAC All-Academic Team from 2001-03 and earned 2003 Black Voice Magazine Academic All-American honors as well. Jones is a native of Moncks Corner, S.C, and has a master’s in sports administration from Tennessee State in 2005.