Texas Southern University announced the hiring of Johnny Jones as its head men’s basketball coach on June 25, 2018. Prior to arriving at TSU, Jones served as the Nevada Wolf Pack’s associate head coach. Jones came to Nevada after five seasons as the head coach at LSU.
Jones won 90 games in his five years as the head coach at LSU, the most of any head coach at LSU in their first five years. He was the fourth-winningest coach in LSU history. The DeRidder, La. native led the LSU Tigers to two postseason appearances, an NIT and NCAA tournament bid, and coached the 2016 No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft Ben Simmons.
While at LSU, Coach Jones also recruited future NBA players Tim Quarterman, Johnny O’Bryant, Jordan Mickey and Jarrell Martin. Among those he helped recruit to LSU in his assistant days were NBA superstar and Naismith Hall of Famer, Shaquille O’Neal. He also was involved in the recruiting of two-time All-American Chris Jackson (now Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf) and national high school player of the year (and an assistant coach under Jones), Randy Livingston.
Jones was also a head coach at North Texas for 11 seasons from 2001-12. He led the Mean Green to two NCAA tournaments berths and five top-three conference finishes. Overall, Jones has 33 years of Division I coaching experience, including 17 seasons as a head coach.