Mike Jones, a long-time head coach at DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland and a 21-time USA Basketball coach, was named as a co-recipient of the 2019 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year award on Dec. 5, 2019.
In 2019, he completed three coaching assignments with USA Basketball, including leading the 2019 USA Basketball Men's U16 National Team to a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Brazil, serving as a lead coach at the 2019 USA Men's Junior National Team July minicamp and as a court coach at the 2019 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team October minicamp.
Additionally, Jones has served as head coach of the USA Nike Hoop Summit Team three times, in 2013, 2014 and 2018, and he served as a USA Nike Hoop Summit assistant coach in 2012 and 2017.
He got his start with USA Basketball as an assistant coach for the 2004 Youth Development Festival East Team. He won three gold medals with USA Basketball men’s junior national teams, including the 2011 U16 team and 2012 and 2016 U17 teams. He also previously has worked as a coach at the annual USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October minicamp eight times (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018).
A 17-year head coach at DeMatha Catholic High School, where he won a national title in 2006, Jones and his 2018-19 squad finished 33-5 overall and 18-2 in Washington Catholic Athletic Conference play. They captured the WCAC regular season title, the Maryland Private School state title and the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament championship.
Jones owns an all-time record at DeMatha of 469-116 (.802 winning percentage).
In 2017-18, the Stags finished 32-5 and with a WCAC tournament championship, a Maryland private schools title and the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament championship.
Jones has won nine Washington Catholic Athletic Conference regular season titles, eight WCAC Tournament crowns, four Maryland Private School Tournament championships, six Abe Pollin City titles and six Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament championships. Additionally, since he started as a head coach at DeMatha, Jones has coached six athletes who went on to play in the NBA.
In 2016-17, Jones led his team to a 25-9 record. He earned his 400th career win in a 82-75 victory over Gonzaga College High School on Feb. 16, 2017.
A standout player at Old Dominion University from 1991-92 through 1994-95, Jones was a member of the All-Colonial Athletic Association second team and earned CAA All-Tournament team honors in his senior season, in which he averaged 16.5 ppg. Jones led the Monarchs to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1992 and 1995, and he capped his ODU career with 1,166 points.
Following his career at ODU, Jones played professionally in the CBA and International Basketball Association, where he was all-league first team in 1997. He also played professionally in Portugal, Hong Kong, Finland and the Dominican Republic.