Entering the 2020 season, Jason B. Jones brings 20 years of experience and passion to Hocking College as he joins the Hawks to become Head Coach of the Women's Volleyball program.
Jason Jones began his volleyball coaching career at the high school (OHSAA) level in 2000, finishing the season with an impressive 20-1 record at Boardman High School and winning the Steel Valley Conference Championship. Jones carried on with that level of excellence, moving to Crestview High School, where he replaced the legendary Judy Gregory (476 career wins). At Crestview, the Rebels finished with an undefeated conference record, and Jones earned Tri County League Coach of the Year honors in 2002.
In addition to his OHSAA success, Jones was a volunteer assistant with Kent State from 2001-2002 under the tutelage of Head Coach Mora Kanim. Jones worked with their hitters on technique and mechanics. He also coached Juniors travel (OVR/USAV/AAU) in Ohio from 2001-2006 with Trumbull Volleyball Club, where he guided the team to the 2006 East Coast Championships and took home the Silver division title.
In 2006, Jason moved to Las Vegas and became an assistant at the University of Nevada, Los Vegas, under head coach Allison Keeley. While at UNLV, his duties included setter training and defensive strategy. The Rebels finished 20-10 and reached the Mountain West Conference semifinals.
In 2007, Jones took a six-year hiatus from the volleyball world and became an executive in the famed Las Vegas hospitality and event industry. His most successful accomplishments were producing $1.9 million in annual sales at Louis Vuitton and hosting more than 250 events a year at Boyd Gaming while managing a team of 200 employees. He implemented the highly successful recycling program for The Orleans Arena while also taking the lead in pushing the arena to become LEED certified, thus creating a new revenue stream and saving the corporation millions of dollars. Jones then worked for a Las Vegas hotel and casino as an executive casino host, managing client portfolios surpassing $10 million.
In 2011, an opportunity with the USA Volleyball High Performance Program arose, and Jones served as Co-Associate Head Coach with Armen Zakarian under Ken Shibuya (Stanford University) for the HP Championships in Tuscon, Arizona. As part of the Olympic pipeline, his squad competed in this prestigious international competition and finished second in the U17 division.
In 2014, Jones returned full time to his volleyball passion with a new vision: to create events for volleyball athletes in a fun, safe and cost-effective manner. He began his inspiration with the founding of the "In it to Win it Challenge," and in 2016 built the first indoor beach and large scale indoor volleyball tournament in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay.
Jones then founded the Vegas Pursuit Beach Volleyball Training Camp, showcasing athletes from across the country, training and providing life skills to help them secure collegiate scholarships. In three years of operation, the camp helped more than 100 athletes secure NCAA Division I and II scholarships with GPA's higher than 3.5.
Jones continued his beach volleyball coaching career, leading numerous squads to the podium and medal stand at the national level. In 2016, he coached Tessa Bohn (United States Naval Academy) and Zeena Khazendar (Stanford Beach Volleyball) to a Silver medal in the AAU Beach National Championship. In 2017, Jones won the Rox Beach National Championship with Tessa Bohn and Ashley Bradford (South Carolina University). In 2018, Jones coached with Ryan Mariano at the FIVB World Tour in Las Vegas, as Kelly Klaes and Sarah Sponcil finished ninth out of 56 teams.
In 2018, he created JBJ Events and began hosting major volleyball events and AAU Qualifiers throughout the nation. Their events in Atlantic City, New Jersey; Hawaii; Pennsylvania; California and Las Vegas have provided thousands of local junior athletes with opportunities to play the game, get recruited, and have a great experience.
Throughout the years, Jones has coached hundreds of players who went on to play NCAA Division I and professional level volleyball. He brings both the technical knowledge of the game and the experience of high-level volleyball to Hocking College, with the goal of getting each member of the Hawks family to the next level.