Itch Jones

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Richard C. Jones

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 155 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Itch Jones was a minor league player and long-time college coach.

Jones was All-Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference at 2B three times at Southern Illinois University. [1] He spent the summer of 1961 with the Baltimore Orioles' Stockton Ports (.173/.310/.204 in 54 G) and Bluefield Orioles (.343/.511/.486 in 10 G). He was a utility player for Stockton, fielding .957 in 22 games in the outfield, .959 in 18 games at short and .911 in 14 games at third.

He became basketball coach at Jacksonville High School (1961-1965) while earning his master's degree. He was head baseball coach at MacMurray College from 1966-1968 then was assistant at Southern Illinois in 1969. He became SIU's head coach in 1970. [2] He was 738-345-5 in 21 seasons there and took his teams to the 1971 College World Series, 1974 College World Series and 1977 College World Series while developing Dave Stieb and Steve Finley among others. He won The Sporting News Coach of the Year in 1978. [3] He coached for Team USA when they won the 1975 Intercontinental Cup. [4]

Jones was then head coach at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1991-2005, working with Scott Spiezio among others. He finished his career at 1,240-752-6, 13th in NCAA Division I history in wins at the time of his retirement. [5]

Sources[edit]

  1. Illini Athletics
  2. 247Sports
  3. Illini Athletics
  4. Maritime Baseball
  5. Illini Athletics