DeMatha basketball coach Mike Jones has decided to leave the Stags program after 19 seasons to become an associate head coach for the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team, both schools announced on Monday.
“I am extremely excited to be joining Coach Young, his staff, and Hokie Nation,” Jones said in a news release. “This is a tremendous opportunity to learn from a great coach in Coach Young and to provide our student-athletes with a passionate coach who is fired up about joining the Virginia Tech community and ready to continue the upward trajectory of our men’s basketball program.”
Jones became one of the best high school basketball coaches in the nation during his tenure at DeMatha. Jones compiled a 511-119 record, won nine Washington Catholic Athletic Conference regular-season titles, eight WCAC championships, four Maryland Private School Tournament crowns, and a national championship in 2006.
Jones, a former DeMatha and Old Dominion basketball player, took over the head coaching role at DeMatha after Hall of Fame coach Morgan Wootten retired in 2002.
Jones has coached a handful of NBA players like 2017 No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, two-time NBA champion Quinn Cook, Victor Oladipo, and Jerami Grant. You also can’t forget the numerous Division I basketball players he coached during his time on Madison Street.
Jones was the head coach of the USA Nike Hoop Summit team in 2013, 2014, and 2018. He was the head coach of the 2021 USA Men’s U16 National Team.
“Mike Jones is a tremendous basketball coach, who brings a wealth of success from DeMatha and USA Basketball,” Hokies head coach Mike Young said. “I have had the privilege of watching Mike over the years and have continually been impressed with his ability to teach the game of basketball and mentor players.”
DeMatha finished 11-0 during a condensed schedule this past winter that didn’t include a postseason. Jones guided DeMatha to its 41st WCAC title during the 2019-20 season. It was Jones’ last full season as the head coach.
DeMatha released a statement on Twitter saying the school will begin searching for Jones’ replacement in the coming weeks.
“This has been a real emotional few days for myself and my family,” Jones said about leaving DeMatha. “It’s not easy saying goodbye to a place that is a big part of who I am. The players, the coaches, and the program mean so much to me. This was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make in my life.”