In his 12th season as the Associate Head Coach at Florida State, Stan Jones has helped the Seminoles compile an impressive list of accomplishments including the 2012 ACC Championship, four NCAA Tournament appearances in the last five seasons, eight consecutive postseason appearances, two appearances in the ACC Championship game in the last five years, 27 victories over nationally ranked teams, three wins over the nation's No. 1 ranked team and 10 players selected in the NBA Draft.
Jones, the consummate optimist, sees only the future when he looks at the Seminoles' long list of accomplishments since his arrival in Tallahassee in 2002.
One thing is for sure with Jones: He is not often satisfied and his desire to accomplish more is the incredible force that drives him every single day. His drive and determination as both a recruiter and a coach are two of the main reasons why Florida State is the third-winningest program in the ACC in the last eight seasons.
Jones has coached in four of the last five NCAA Tournaments and helped the Seminoles to the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. He helped guide Florida State to the first ACC Championship in school history in 2012 and to a school-record four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2009-12. The Seminoles have won more ACC games in 11 years with Jones on the sideline (89) than they did in their first 11 years in the ACC (70) and he has helped the program increase its winning percentage in conference games by more than 10 percent. With Jones on the staff, the Seminoles average nearly 20 wins per season and are the winningest coaching staff for average wins per season in school history. Florida State has been ranked in the final national top 20 in three of the last five seasons and began the 2012-13 season ranked in both national polls for the first time in school history.
Working in concert with head coach Leonard Hamilton for 17 of the last 18 seasons, Jones has systematically assembled and then expertly coached winning basketball players and teams to heights never before seen in the programs he has worked to build. He helped coach Miami to a regular season championship in the Big East in 1999 only five years after the Hurricanes went winless in Big East play. He helped coach Mississippi State to the SEC Tournament Championship in 2002 - a title that marked only the second tournament championship in school history. Most recently, Jones helped Florida State win the ACC Tournament in 2012. Florida State's ACC Championship is the most significant championship in Jones' career considering the Seminoles defeated two of the top four all-time winningest programs (Duke and North Carolina) in the semifinals and championship games of the event.
Jones has helped the Seminoles build a solid program by doing what he does as well as any coach in the country: recruit outstanding talent and develop those signees into NBA level players. A total of 10 Seminoles have become NBA Draft choices during his tenure at Florida State.
His coaching philosophies have helped Florida State become one of the nation's top defensive teams and his ability to teach the game of basketball has transformed the Seminoles in to one of the most fundamentally sound teams in the nation.