DeLisha Milton-Jones, a two-time Olympic and two-time World Cup gold medalist, undertook her first international coaching assignment as an assistant coach for the gold-medal-winning 2022 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team.
Milton-Jones, the women’s basketball head coach at Old Dominion University, brings a wealth of experience to the USA Basketball sideline, previously serving as a court coach for the 2019 USA Basketball U19 and Pan Am Games team trials. As a member of U18 USA Basketball teams, with a combined record of 125-10 from 1994 to 2008, Milton-Jones captured six gold medals and earned five international tournament titles.
In addition to her 2000 and 2008 Olympic and 1998 and 2002 World Cup golds, she captured gold at the 2007 FIBA AmeriCup, which qualified the U.S. for the 2008 Olympic Games. She currently is a member of the USA National Team Committee that selects athletes and coaches for USA teams competing in the Olympics, World Cup and additional USA National Team training camps and competitions, after serving on the USA Developmental National Team Committee for the previous four years.
As a college coach, in her second season at Old Dominion, Milton-Jones guided the 2021-22 program to a 24-10 record and won a first-round matchup with Towson University in the WNIT.
She was first hired by Old Dominion in April of 2020. In Milton-Jones’ inaugural season, she coached Old Dominion to a winning record, going 13-11, while making a run to the Conference USA Tournament semifinal. During the C-USA run, Old Dominion beat Charlotte College in double-overtime in the quarterfinals before falling to Rice University.
Milton-Jones started her college coaching career at Pepperdine University as an assistant women’s basketball coach before quickly transitioning to head coach after one season. As a new head coach in 2017-18, Milton-Jones helped Pepperdine reach 10 wins, the most at the school since the 2012 season. In her second season, she more than doubled the previous year’s win total with 22, the program's most since 2002. Pepperdine earned a bid to the 2019 WNIT, and Milton-Jones helped guide her team to a Sweet 16 appearance with wins over St. Mary’s and Cal Baptist.
Following the 2019 run to the WNIT Sweet 16, Milton-Jones left for Syracuse University to be an assistant coach for Quentin Hillsman's staff. Syracuse put together a 16-15 record during her lone season, which was highlighted by wins over No. 5 ranked Louisville and No. 8 ranked Florida State.
Before her coaching days, Milton-Jones enjoyed a 17-year WNBA playing career. She won two WNBA championships and retired as the league leader in games played at 499 in 2016.
Milton-Jones played for four years at University of Florida. She was named the 1997 SEC Player of the Year and was an All-America first team selection. She scored 1,858 points during her collegiate career, leading Florida to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
In 2007, Milton-Jones was inducted into the Florida Gators Hall of Fame.