Dec. 29, 2010
PORTLAND, Ore. – On Monday, the Holy Names (Calif.) men’s basketball team took on Portland Bible College. The game marked the end of a monster road trip, as the Hawks’ played five games in the eight day stretch. HNU proved to be up for the challenge, going 4-1 on a trip that saw them play two games in Southern California before heading to the Pacific Northwest for three more. HNU closed out by winning three straight games.
Monday’s win was coach Dennis Jones’ 100th as HNU’s Men’s Basketball Coach. Prior to coaching the men, Jones led the women’s program for six years, posting a 161-41 record.
In 1998, the first season of his head coaching career at HNU, coach Jones posted a 23-8 record, winning the California Pacific Conference and making his first National Tournament appearance. Six years later, he posted a 33-4 record, the best in his coaching career, and with that six consecutive California Pacific Conference titles, six National Tournament appearances; reaching the round of sixteen on three occasions.
In his first season with the men in 2004-2005, Jones posted a 15-18 record, but it only took Jones two years to get the program back to its power-house status. In 2005-2006, the team posted a 23-11 record, the best the program had seen since 1997. In addition to coaching, two years ago Dennis Jones took on the role of Director of Athletics and Recreation for Holy Names University, proving to be a great asset to Holy Names University and the Department of Athletics.
Although it took seven years to reach his 100 wins, Coach Jones said, “It is really a tribute to the players. Coaches can bring young people so far, give them some tools and provide opportunity in different situations…. But it is the players who have to put it together from game to game, and perform.”
Jones has shown what excellence is in the field of coaching. In now his 13th year of serving as a head coach, he has posted a remarkable 261-149 record. He has won eight California Pacific Conference Championships, eight California Pacific Conference Tournament Titles, made eight National Tournament appearances and three trips to the round of sixteen.